Vinegar

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Ross Smith posted this 28 May 2020

I just bedded my target rifle and I remembered a tip from my bamboo rod making days. Use vinegar to clean up after using epoxy. The stuuf winds up everywhere if I use it, so I need a non-toxic solvent, vinegar. It will dissolve epoxies that aren't set-up.On your hands the work bench and the stock or barrel and action. Vinegar on a paper towel or q-tip and some elbow grease will get it done.

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45 2.1 posted this 28 May 2020

A very good piece of information............. Thanks.

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beltfed posted this 28 May 2020

Yes, vinegar is a standard cleanup "solvent" after using Acraglas bedding compound.

and other epoxy based glues

beltfed/arnie

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mashburn posted this 28 May 2020

That I did not know. Thanks..

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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ray h posted this 28 May 2020

Boy I wish you had posted this last week. Does it take it out of shirts? I get that stuff everywhere.  Thanks for the tip.

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Ross Smith posted this 29 May 2020

Ray: Only if it's still gooey. I might add that brake cleaner works if you are desperate.

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Brodie posted this 29 May 2020

Vinegar works pretty good as a clean up for silicone caulk before it sets.  After it sets use a razor blade.

B.E.Brickey

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porthos posted this 29 May 2020

 i use acetone.  and a piece of copper works and it will not hurt the blueing. just don't use it on a satin or glass beaded finish, it will leave a copper smear

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Wheel Weights posted this 07 June 2020

Also great for cleaning BP rifles

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R. Dupraz posted this 07 June 2020

And BPCR brass 

 

R. 

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Coydog posted this 09 June 2020

Also great for cleaning BP rifles              Would it do anything to the barrel or the finish on the gun?or the brass?

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Shopdog posted this 09 June 2020

Having used GALLONS of epoxy in building trad bows,we always used acetone. It's a little less "reactive" on the wood than vinegar virtue of it's quicker evap rate.

You definitely don't want to breath or handle uncured epoxy,very bad stuff. Grinding it once cured isn't quite as bad but should still be avoided through mainly,proper "dust" management(higher end$$ dust collection systems) but respirators are an expedient. Good luck with your project.

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Ross Smith posted this 09 June 2020

Coydog: Don't know. I used it on my stock just to clean the soft epoxy boogers BEFORE they set up. That was not a sopping wet application, just a moistend rag or qtip. .That was followed by dry rags and qtips. 

I guess if you let nice shiny brass sit in the stuff it would antique it. Never tried it on my bpcr brass. The nice part is the non-toxic feature of vinegar.

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