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Old 05-12-2008, 11:25 PM   #15
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MEK... it is the bomb. Cleans aluminum instantly and takes off any foreign substance. It dries very quick and the fumes make you smile from ear to ear. MEK, I highly recommend it. I just bought a 5 gallon of it specifically to clean up before and after polishing.
You should really be using a respirator. It will cause nervious system damage over time.
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MEK... it is the bomb. Cleans aluminum instantly and takes off any foreign substance. It dries very quick and the fumes make you smile from ear to ear. MEK, I highly recommend it. I just bought a 5 gallon of it specifically to clean up before and after polishing.
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METHYL ETHYL KETONE
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You should really be using a respirator. It will cause nervious system damage over time.
Sorry, I was making a joke.

Folks MEK is at the very top of the solvent chain. If MEK does not remove it, it is not coming off. Not only will the fumes get you high as a kite, but the solvent actually will seep into your skin. Gloves are highly recommended too. MEK is acetone on steroids. Use it with caution. Wear gloves and a resperator that has a chemical filter in it. Most resperators come with filters for organic filter only, so a trip to a good auto body paint store or a real paint store like Sherwin Williams might be needed. Do not put it in a bag and inhale, that would be very bad for you.
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This is what the Scorecard.com has to say about METHYL ETHYL KETONE (MEK).

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aircraft stripper

Aircraft Stripper works great but wear a respirator. I bought a gallon to remove some zolatone and then found that it worked great for removing just about anything else.

Great stuff, but make sure to wear gloves (chemical resistant) and glasses.

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For Silicone, the only product I have found so far is Digesil Gel Stripper.
It will soften up the Silicone, to where it sort od shrivels, and is then removeable by peeling it off the aluminum. Expensive, but worth it.
MEK isn't available in CA, I believe. Hearing how harmful to biology it is, I wouldn't probably buy it.
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Uwe, you are afraid of MEK? You were German but I think you have been here too long...
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MEK comes in Methyl Ester Ketone and Methyl Ether Ketone flavors too - the Ester is perfume compared to the ordinary Ethyl...
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Uwe, you are afraid of MEK? You were German but I think you have been here too long...
I am not sure, but you're probably right. Yes, I am afraid.
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Isn't ketone a cousin to kepone? That alone would keep me away from the stuff. Reminds me of a little tune by the Dead Kennedys...
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Great Weatherstripping Adhesive Remover

Maybe this is common knowledge on this Forum, but the Home Depot folks recommended Pure Citrus Orange Air Freshener to remove adhesive residue from the old weatherstripping. I was skeptical, but it really works! You can wipe most of it off with a paper towel. Just a little further work with a wire brush and the residue is gone.

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A wire brush on my baby's aluminum skin!?!?
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Old Vulkem removal...

I have had reasonable sucess removing the remains of old Vulkem using paint thinner or lacquer thinner. I have typically scraped off what I could with a putty knife or a plastic scraper. A little elbow grease along with the thinner does pretty well for the last little bit.

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