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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A very good piece of information............. Thanks.
Yes, vinegar is a standard cleanup "solvent" after using Acraglas bedding compound.
and other epoxy based glues
That I did not know. Thanks..
David a. Cogburn
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.
Ray: Only if it's still gooey. I might add that brake cleaner works if you are desperate.
Vinegar works pretty good as a clean up for silicone caulk before it sets. After it sets use a razor blade.
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
Also great for cleaning BP rifles Would it do anything to the barrel or the finish on the gun?or the brass?
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.
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.
try maf cleaner by crc wont harm plastic its for mass air flow meters on car
Keep in mind that the O P's recommendation to use vinegar is that it's NON-TOXIC. Some perfectly ordinary solvents can be absorbed through the skin and seriously damage your health! A few years ago, a gentleman that I enjoyed sharing posts with (a retired Army Officer, as I remember), was dying of solvent induced health problems.
Recently in the rush for Covid-19 clean up solutions, some companies actually put toxic chemicals on the market for that purpose. Yep, they would clean up things nicely, but could also literally kill you in doing so.
Stay safe, folks!
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Dale53: Yes, even some hand sanitizer has methanol it.
When I was a kid, I darkened the bore in an old rifle trying to use vinegar as a bore cleaner. Some old timers who were setting around the coal stove at the local country store told me it was a good lead remover. OOPS, now I'm a old timer, I wonder how that happened so quick.
David a. Cogburn
it will very quickly remove the bluing from a brand new PPK when the slaw in your lunch sack leaks after you set it down on top of the PPK laying on your car seat . Takes it right down to white metal in less than three miles .
Grumpy Old Man With A Gun......Do Not Touch .
i suspect your reply is meant to be humorous, but in case someone doesn’t “get it”, vinegar is not a problem eating or drinking, but it absolutely can damage bluing, etc.
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