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Old 09-22-2007, 08:05 AM
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Default REPLACETONE from Spruce

Does anyone have any experience with Replacetone? Here's the clip from ASS.

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/pdf/20...l/Cat08052.pdf

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REPLACETONE
Cleans polyester and epoxy resins from tools
and hands without the hazards associated with
chemical cleaning solvents. It is a non-volatile,
non-flammable, and a biodegradable replacement
for acetone and MEK solvents.
Replacetone separates resins to the bottom of
the cleaning container, but it does not dissolve
them. Pour off non-emulsified Replacetone
and use again.
Quart ......................................P/N 01-08823..........................$11.20
Gallon......................................P/N 01-08834 ........................$19.30
Sound like it may be worth a try.
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:49 AM
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mmmm costs more than vinegar
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:24 AM
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mmmm costs more than vinegar
So do I take this to mean that vinegar works well at cleaning up epoxy??

I have been using some old mineral spirits, works just OK, but I was going to get some MEK.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:31 AM
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I keep some acetone around. When I need to handle some material (like when I'm cutting my peel ply for a vb layup) I can do a quick clean-up leaving my gloves on. Any residual acetone evaporates quickly and does not cause a problem.
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So do I take this to mean that vinegar works well at cleaning up epoxy??
Fabulously, as long as it's uncured. At least for MGS, it's absolutely the thing to use for cleanup. I save the acetone for when I have to dissolve cured epoxy, and generally, that's just a stack of squeegies once in a while when I haven't dumped them in viniger when I was done (or that time I sucked epoxy into my nice aluminium vacbag ports)

White vinegar, at a couple bucks a gallon is a no-brainer.

Interestingly, the description of how replaceatone separates resin to the bottom of the container without dissolving it (making it kind of filmy and gelatenous) is a good description of what the vineger does.
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:34 AM
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MEK is nasty stuff
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Does anyone have any experience with Replacetone? Here's the clip from ASS.

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/pdf/20...l/Cat08052.pdf



Sound like it may be worth a try.
I bought a gallon of this stuff some time ago. It works only SLIGHTLY better than vinegar. It leaves a residue of epoxy that you still need to clean off with a solvent. I keep two guart size jars of a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and laquer thinner for cleaning brushes and tools. One is for a pre-clean wash, the second is for a final cleaning. I use the stuff afterwards for starting fires when it is no longer useable in the shop. Stay away from using MEK! It is extreemly dangerous to breath in the fumes.
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Fabulously, as long as it's uncured. At least for MGS, it's absolutely the thing to use for cleanup. I save the acetone for when I have to dissolve cured epoxy, and generally, that's just a stack of squeegies once in a while when I haven't dumped them in viniger when I was done (or that time I sucked epoxy into my nice aluminium vacbag ports)

White vinegar, at a couple bucks a gallon is a no-brainer.

Interestingly, the description of how replaceatone separates resin to the bottom of the container without dissolving it (making it kind of filmy and gelatenous) is a good description of what the vineger does.
I am surprised I have not heard this tip before. I was not looking forward to cracking open a can of MEK. I will pick up some before my next layup.

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