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Author Topic: Stabil or Seafoam?  (Read 8428 times)

Capt J

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Stabil or Seafoam?
« on: Feb 03, 2012, 07:33 AM »
Or some other fuel dope.

Any thoughts, I know brand loyalty is probably a very big consideration. I've been using stability but really like the sae foam can.  Not that that's a good reason to use it or anything.


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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 03, 2012, 07:42 AM »
The naptha contained in sea foam does a good job of cleaning gunk and varnish out of fuel systems, much better then stabile ! With ethanol in most everyone's fuel nowadays, phase separation of gas over time has become a real issue ! Startron Enzime fuel treatment and Amsoil Quickshot both work well to prevent this and they both had Amazing effects on how all of my motors, both 2 stroke and 4 stroke started and ran ! 95% of small engine repairs are fuel system related, a good fuel treatment is cheap insurance !

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 03, 2012, 07:47 AM »
For me, I've found that sta-bil (the newer stuff) keeps fuel fresher longer, but like surflizard said the seafoam is great for cleaning. So I usually put both in at the regular rate. I also like Marvel Mystery Oil, especially when put in the oil of 4 stokes, but I put it in the gas of my 2 strokes as well.


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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 03, 2012, 08:46 AM »
I use the Startron stuff but also use alot of Seafoam. It has always worked for me. The RED stabil i was NEVER a fan of. The blue stuff is for Ethanol but not necessarily for stabilization. I will say however, i had an old chain saw that would take about 50 pulls to start. I used Startron and seafoam in it and it starts now on a just a few pulls.

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 03, 2012, 11:58 AM »
Thanks guys.  I really appreciate the insite

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 03, 2012, 12:28 PM »
i use both....seafoam to clean the engine/carb ect and stabil to keep the fuel in good shape......cheap insurance....
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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 04, 2012, 08:21 AM »
The naptha contained in sea foam does a good job of cleaning gunk and varnish out of fuel systems, much better then stabile ! With ethanol in most everyone's fuel nowadays, phase separation of gas over time has become a real issue ! Startron Enzime fuel treatment and Amsoil Quickshot both work well to prevent this and they both had Amazing effects on how all of my motors, both 2 stroke and 4 stroke started and ran ! 95% of small engine repairs are fuel system related, a good fuel treatment is cheap insurance !

couldnt have said it better. I use both seafoam and startron. In my opinion the stabile products are on the lower end. I run seafoam in everything i own all the time. All new gas gets mixed with seafom. I prefer to use the startron in my old selds as they seem to be more finicky with the ethenol crap.

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 04, 2012, 09:41 AM »
For those that don't know, Sea Foam is also a fuel stabilizer. Thsi is from the Sea Foam website.........


"As a fuel system additive, Sea Foam® will clean carburetors, fuel injectors, clean carbon, gum and varnish deposits, add lubricity to fuel, stabilize fuel for 2 years and control moisture."
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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #8 on: Feb 04, 2012, 12:49 PM »
Seafoam+startron+Amsoil for me in all my small engines.  Nuttin but E-10 in IL.
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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #9 on: Feb 04, 2012, 03:11 PM »
seafoam use it all the time never have had a problem

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #10 on: Feb 05, 2012, 12:48 PM »
Use whatever makes you comfortable but I would suggest doing a bit of research and find out what exactly is in what you use and verify that what the product claims passes the smell test in regards to what the ingredients can possibly do.

If you are concerned with ethanol then don't use a product that has 20% isopropanol as it will be subject to the same issues.

If you run ethanol free then you need to decide how you are going to keep the water that will be in the gas from freezing in your gas lines.

If you are looking into having a product that "Stabilizes" your gas, find out what is actually being stabilized and how that actually happens.

Once you are content with your findings then use the product according to directions.

If you like Sea Foam you can actually make it yourself much cheaper by purchasing the 3 ingredients at a paint store and mixing your own.

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #11 on: Feb 05, 2012, 04:03 PM »
Thanks guys for the input and sharing your thoughts. 

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #12 on: Feb 15, 2012, 07:48 PM »
Been using  K-100 for the past three years - no problems with the crap new gas - apparently keeps the fuel and water from separating and causing problems

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #13 on: Feb 17, 2012, 09:04 PM »
Been using  K-100 for the past three years - no problems with the crap new gas - apparently keeps the fuel and water from separating and causing problems

That is what ethanol and isopropanol do until they are saturated.

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #14 on: Mar 10, 2012, 04:21 PM »
i use both. every can of gas that comes into my yard gets a good dose of blue, marine grade sta-bil. not up for discussion at my house.    every now and then,   everything at my house gets a shot of seafoam, gas or diesel. gotta have it.    my 2 cents.

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #15 on: Mar 13, 2012, 11:27 PM »
SeaFoam!  ;D @)
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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #16 on: Mar 16, 2012, 07:16 AM »
Ya just got love the Seafoam can,,,, old school cool. Don't get made Floyd,  Just making a funny.

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #17 on: Jun 08, 2012, 01:41 AM »
I personally use Seafoam in all my small motors and even in the truck every so many tanks . Its good stuff as a stabilizer , atifreeze and cleaner . It works but  More pricey in Canuck land but worth the extra and yes I also use Amsoil although not a dealer for either

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #18 on: Jun 08, 2012, 06:45 AM »
Every spring I mix 1 can sea foam and enough gas to make 1 gallon and mix 3 oz. of amsoil saber oil and run this in my bass tracker with 35 horse merc on it. It smokes and spits and sputters. After about 15 minutes of this I shut her down and switch to the boat tank with 50-1 in it. After 15-20 minutes I start her up and run her around at 3/4 to full throttle til she cleans up. Never had any problems with her. Do the same with all my 2 cycles. Run it through intake system on my van and pickups twice a year. Yes I believe in sea foam. Son uses startron enzyme stuff in his new boat. He has had no problems so far. In winter I add about a capfull to every tank fill on my old jiffys.   Steve

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Re: Stabil or Seafoam?
« Reply #19 on: Aug 12, 2012, 06:01 AM »
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If you like Sea Foam you can actually make it yourself much cheaper by purchasing the 3 ingredients at a paint store and mixing your own.

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