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Sinclair7 posted 08-03-2001 03:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for Sinclair7   Send Email to Sinclair7  
I just finished removing the old bottom paint with peelaway. The peelaway worked pretty well but did'nt romove what looked like electrical tape. Which was under one layer of paint. A razor scraper made short work of that. However, the adhesive from the tape was left behind and is prooving pretty tough to remove. Could anyone recomend something that will remove an adhesive used on tape?
Sinclair7 posted 08-03-2001 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
There are a lot of chemicals running around the boat right now but I am pretty sure the peelaway is what burned my thumb. Pays to buy better gloves. I am now using the ones made for washing dishes. OUCH!!
Dick posted 08-03-2001 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Try "Goof Off". I found mine at Home Depot. It smells like good old lighter fluid. Acetone should work as well but I don't like using the stuff.
whalertim posted 08-03-2001 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I removed the same using fingernail polish remover. It works very well. OH! and a lot of elbow greese!
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 08-03-2001 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
Rubbing Alchohol
Tom W Clark posted 08-03-2001 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
As mentioned, "Goof Off", rubbing alchohol, acetone (fingernail polish remover is acetone with fragrance added), lacquer thinner, paint thinner, toluene all work well. I prefer acetone as it is the most volatile (evaportates fastest) and cuts many substances well. Ever shop should have a quart or gallon.

Acetone is perfectly safe for the Whaler gel coat but will eat some plastics. I have had good success with Toluene on some plastics and rubbers.

Be sure to invest in good chemical resistant gloves. They just make life easier.

LarrySherman posted 08-03-2001 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Just dont get Acetone into open cuts. Not very good for your health.


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CAS# 67-64-1

September 1995

This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about acetone. For more information, you may call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737. This fact sheet is one in a series of summaries about hazardous substances and their health effects. This information is important because this substance may harm you. The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the dose, the duration, how you are exposed, personal traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present.

SUMMARY: Exposure to acetone results mostly from breathing air, drinking water, or coming in contact with products or soil that contain acetone. Exposure to moderate-to-high amounts of acetone can irritate your eyes and respiratory system, and make you dizzy. Very high exposure may cause you to lose consciousness. This chemical has been found in at least 572 of 1,416 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

What is acetone?
(Pronounced ass'i-tone)

Acetone is a manufactured chemical that is also found naturally in the environment. It is a colorless liquid with a distinct smell and taste. It evaporates easily, is flammable, and dissolves in water. It is also called dimethyl ketone, 2-propanone, and beta-ketopropane.

Acetone is used to make plastic, fibers, drugs, and other chemicals. It is also used to dissolve other substances.

It occurs naturally in plants, trees, volcanic gases, forest fires, and as a product of the breakdown of body fat. It is present in vehicle exhaust, tobacco smoke, and landfill sites. Industrial processes contribute more acetone to the environment than natural processes.

What happens to acetone when it enters the environment?

A large percentage (97%) of the acetone released during its manufacture or use goes into the air.
In air, about one-half of the total amount breaks down from sunlight or other chemicals every 22 days.
It moves from the atmosphere into the water and soil by rain and snow. It also moves quickly from soil and water back to air.
Acetone doesnít bind to soil or build up in animals.
Itís broken down by microorganisms in soil and water.
It can move into groundwater from spills or landfills.
Acetone is broken down in water and soil, but the time required for this to happen varies.
How might I be exposed to acetone?

Breathing low background levels in the environment.
Breathing higher levels of contaminated air in the workplace or from using products that contain acetone (for example, household chemicals, nail polish, and paint).
Drinking water or eating food containing acetone.
Touching products containing acetone.
For children, eating soil at landfills or hazardous waste sites that contain acetone.
Smoking or breathing secondhand smoke.
How can acetone affect my health?

If you are exposed to acetone, it goes into your blood which then carries it to all the organs in your body. If it is a small amount, the liver breaks it down to chemicals that are not harmful and uses these chemicals to make energy for normal body functions. Breathing moderate- to-high levels of acetone for short periods of time, however, can cause nose, throat, lung, and eye irritation; headaches; light-headedness; confusion; increased pulse rate; effects on blood; nausea; vomiting; unconsciousness and possibly coma; and shortening of the menstrual cycle in women.

Swallowing very high levels of acetone can result in unconsciousness and damage to the skin in your mouth. Skin contact can result in irritation and damage to your skin.

The smell and respiratory irritation or burning eyes that occur from moderate levels are excellent warning signs that can help you avoid breathing damaging levels of acetone.

Health effects from long-term exposures are known mostly from animal studies. Kidney, liver, and nerve damage, increased birth defects, and lowered ability to reproduce (males only) occurred in animals exposed long-term. It is not known if people would have these same effects. "

triblet posted 08-04-2001 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Nail polish remover also has some oils in
it. Not what you want left on the 'glass.

There are heavy duty rubber gloves for paint
remover, much better than dishwashing gloves.
And wear better too. They seem to be a bit
more resistant to UV to. My local HW store
(OSH (=Sears HW)) has them.


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