Removing labels - lighter fluid
cclist at sydex.com
Wed Feb 7 12:27:07 CST 2007
On 7 Feb 2007 at 11:53, Jim Leonard wrote:
> Remember that I'm not removing labels from just any old surface, I'm
> removing them from floppy disk jackets. Won't generic paint thinner
> warp/dissolve/erode/ruin the jacket?
> Even if it won't, what's the best way to apply it so that it won't run
> onto the media? Soak a rag and start rubbing?
Paint (not lacquer) thinner is pretty benign stuff--safe for most
plastics. When I remove labels, I first examine the label. Some
manufacturer's labels are shiny coated stock--if that's the case, I
scuff the surface of the label with a copper scouring pad
(nonferrous; doesn't "shed" like Scotchbrite or sandpaper). This
allows whatever you use to soak through the label.
I brush the paint thinner on with an acid brush only allowing it to
wet the label. After a 10-30 minute soak, the label should come
right off. Wipe off any excess thinner with a soft rag; eventually
any remaining solvent will evaporate.
This works for me for the "sticky" adhesive labels, but
manufacturer's labels might be a different story. Maybe Isopropanol
or methanol might be worth a try on those.
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