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Karda

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11-10-2018 07:07 AM

Hi, I am using pvc Piipe in a project and want to remove the printing what can I use, alcohol, paint thinner don’t work. Nail polish remover smears it but I would have to use too much to be practical, anybody have any ideas thanks


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#1 posted 11-10-2018 07:24 AM

Nail polish remover smears it but I would have to use too much to be practical [...]
- Karda

Can’t really help with a recommendation, but thought I’d point out that nail polish remover is basically just Acetone – sometimes with a little bit of coloring and/or perfume added. Bought as nail polish remover, you will pay through the nose for it. If that’s what is holding you back from using it, you can get gallons of it at the BORG for cheap. I believe it was around $13 a gallon at my local Sherwin Williams store last time I bought some (about 6 months ago). Also, PVC cleaner, which has always removed lettering and other stuff when I’ve used it in the past, is mostly Acetone (75%-95%).

Cheers,
Brad

PS: The wife hasn’t bought ‘nail polish remover’ in over a decade now. I just fill up her little 8oz bottle now and then when it runs low ;-)

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#2 posted 11-10-2018 09:27 AM

Test a high grit sand paper

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#3 posted 11-10-2018 12:32 PM

brake parts cleaner :<))

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#4 posted 11-10-2018 01:05 PM

The purple primer takes it off immediately but you’re on your own getting the primer off. A light sand may take it off or possibly use mineral spirits, lacquer thinner etc.

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#5 posted 11-10-2018 02:17 PM

Lacquer thinner works well

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 11-10-2018 02:32 PM

Nail polish remover is just lacquer thinner.

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#7 posted 11-10-2018 03:12 PM

Guys, I was wondering about the lacquer thinner. I have a small piece of PVC and tried the thinner on it…didn’t even smear it around. DNA didn’t either. I’m out of acetone at the moment, but it seems to me that’s what the contractors at my plant (when i had a day job) used.

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#8 posted 11-10-2018 04:42 PM

thanks for the suggestions, didn’t want to use sand paper but that may work out anyway Mike

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#9 posted 11-10-2018 05:51 PM

I use sandpaper, works great.

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#10 posted 11-11-2018 02:17 PM

Also try alcohol. And be aware that acetone may melt the PVC pipe surface. It melts a lot of plastics. Try some on a piece of scrap PVC first.

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#11 posted 11-11-2018 03:33 PM

Lacquer thinner has always taken it off for me. You said nail polish remover was working for you and that is lacquer thinner in a small bottle with a high price.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 11-11-2018 05:13 PM

I have also used an abrasive pad with some running water. If you need to keep a really smooth surface, some 600 or so wet-or-dry sandpaper under water will leave a smooth surface.

Wayne

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Karda

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#13 posted 11-11-2018 05:31 PM

I said polish remover smeared it but it was hard, sandpaper work better and faster and gave me the rough surface I need. I thought that nail polish remover was a weak acetone

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#14 posted 11-11-2018 06:43 PM

whatcha makin ??

sandpaper it just to get some tooth – then spray it with Krylon enamel.

.

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#15 posted 11-12-2018 11:29 PM

I use acetone

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