Best solvent to remove sticky tape residue.
onymouse at garlic.com
Wed Jun 27 09:07:29 CDT 2007
Chris M wrote:
> --- Chris M <chrism3667 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Problem w/WD-40 and other stuff is that it will
>> dillute the true lubricant, and wherever metal is
>> coming in contact w/metal, rapid wear will ensue.
>> to keep that stuff away from machinery or any other
>> critical moving parts. Paint thinner would work
>> at releasing junk, and at least it evaporates (much
>> more quickly).
> As an addendum, I do use Liquid Wrench (or WD-40, or
> the generic Walmart variety) and a Scotch-Brite (which
> comes in grades) for rush removal, then usually rinse
> off w/thinner. Keep in mind that a SB supposedly has
> imbedded metal particles, so it essentially DOES
> remove metal. I'm not joking, and in some instances
> this is critical (high tolerance machine parts,
> watchmaking equipment, etc.). You may ask how does
> such stuff get rusty to begin with, but take for
> instance a 100 year old lathe w/hand scraping marks
> (indicative of a VERY accurate finish) in areas. The
> application of a SB and light oil, and...bye bye.
> Sometimes it's better to start out with real fine
> steel wool or even a paper towel :)
ScotchBrite does not contain metals. It does have some kind of ceramic or
ceramic-like material, though. If it had metals it would never find use in,
say, cleaning equipment where metal is a destructive contaminant. It is used to
clean carbon/graphite, silicic (aka fused silica or "quartz"), alumina and
beryllia parts which must not have any metal contamination, etc. It still works
in sulfuric, which would quickly dissolve any metals in it (save for a few very
expensive ones). Dropped a whole pad in sulfuric peroxide once or twice and
nothing happened--nothing different, that is. Drop metal in it and the stuff
boils even more insanely.
There's something like 8 grades, ranging from ultra fine to extremely coarse.
I've used the common red, 7447 type (IIRC), the gray 7446(?) and the baby blue
super fine stuff. The baby blue stuff is so fine that it doesn't seem to work
even as a polish. Doesn't scratch VCR fitting glands--all the other grades do.
It is used on utra-super-high-precision tools and machinery. I haven't used the
gray stuff in a long time; don't remember how it does relative to the common red
If it jams -- force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.
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