We'll have to wait until tomorrow for my update on "Penta man" my Volvo IO painter. He appears to have finished sanding the unit down and hopefully, today will be priming the unit. I'll report as soon as I see fresh paint happening. For now, some exciting news came across my desk yesterday regarding ValvTect gasoline fuel additives. It certainly sounds like good news to me. When you first read the press release that follows your immediate reaction may be that it is self-serving on the part of ValvTect. Well, it is sort of, but the thing to remember is that they used third party testing to some really tough standards to get their results. This adds a high degree of credibility to their claims. I know I'm going to be trying these additives in my engines this year based on these findings.

Here's the press release:

ValvTect Petroleum, the largest supplier of marine grade gasoline and diesel fuel in the nation, announced the results of its most recent laboratory tests to determine the effectiveness of ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment to prevent ethanol-related problems. The findings determined that ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment was effective to help prevent the three most serious ethanol-related problems that affect boaters: storage stability, corrosion and phase separation.

In an independent laboratory test, using the same ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) protocol used by gasoline refiners and engine manufacturers, ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment almost doubled the stability (storage life) of the E10 ethanol-blended gasoline. "This is exceptional performance, especially since one of the industry's most widely used ethanol treatment additives only improved the stability of the E10 by 20% in the same test," said ValvTect president Jerry Nessenson.

ValvTect reports that ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment completely prevented corrosion in a National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) corrosion test, while the competitive product tested did not prevent corrosion. "Components in an engine's fuel lines, carburetors and injectors are made of a steel alloy that can corrode when using ethanol or even non-ethanol gasoline," said Nessenson. "There are wide-spread reports of corrosion that can be avoided with the use of an effective ethanol gasoline treatment, such as ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment."

In the ASTM moisture control test, ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment retained more water and ethanol in the fuel than the untreated E10 or the competitive product. "This is an important feature that can help prevent phase separation," said Nessenson. "These test results prove the effectiveness of ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment to help prevent the most common ethanol related problems," said Nessenson. "Boat owners should not be afraid to use E10 ethanol gasoline if they use an effective ethanol gasoline treatment, such as ValvTect, and apply good fuel system maintenance."

ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment is available in aftermarket containers for boaters that fill-up at gas stations. It is also used to formulate ValvTect Marine Gasoline that is only available at Certified ValvTect Marinas nationwide.

For more information, contact ValvTect Petroleum Products. 800-728-8258.