(Topic ID: 158085)

What will dissolve this black stuff?

By 4Max

3 years ago

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#1 3 years ago

Previous owner used some sort of black silicon looking stuff to glue the lock down bar end on a Gottlieb Paradise

I can get the new ends from PBR but any ideas on anything that will dissolve the "stuff"

#2 3 years ago

Try lighter fluid, mineral spirits, or lacquer thinner/acetone.

#3 3 years ago

Thanks Ken. I have some Naptha, do you think that's ok to try?

#4 3 years ago
Quoted from 4Max:

I have some Naptha, do you think that's ok to try?

Yes, that is lighter fluid.

LTG : )

#5 3 years ago

When I find crap like that a razor blade seems to take most of it off.

#6 3 years ago

Razor Blade and industrial citrus D

#7 3 years ago

That looks like epoxy. I don't think anything commercially available will dissolve it. It may be difficult to remove that end cap without wrecking the bar. Just to start, I'd clamp the end cap in a vise, and gently twist the bar back and forth. The cap may break loose, but you'll probably still have to get the epoxy off the bar. You'd likely have to grind it off.

#8 3 years ago

MEK will dissolve epoxy like magic.


#9 3 years ago

Yeah, good ol' MEK. Back in the '70s, professional bowlers used to soak their polyester bowling balls in it to soften the shell. This would allow them to more easily impart a big hook on the bowling ball in competition. I didn't know it would dissolve epoxy though.

#10 3 years ago

MEK eats epoxy for breakfast.

Do it outside, not in the basement or garage.

Attack works too, but once you open the can it all evaporates within a month or so.


Methylene Chloride (the stuff used to remove Loc-Tite) works good too.

#11 3 years ago

WOW! What kind of gloves do you have to wear with that stuff?

#12 3 years ago

MEK will turn your lips blue. We had it at work. Caught some temps huffing it. They were a mess even after the EMT's showed up.

#13 3 years ago
Quoted from Starwriter:

WOW! What kind of gloves do you have to wear with that stuff?

It says on the can Butyl or PVA gloves

Nitrile will only last 5 minutes or so

#14 3 years ago

Always seek out the MSDS whenever in doubt!


See the hand protection section and don't forget eye protection.

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