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Old 08-04-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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How do I clean Vulkem from Clecos?

I've been doing a lot of riveting lately, reframing and reinforcing the roof for A/C among other things and I now have a bunch of clecos that I forgot to clean while the vulkem was still uncured. Anybody have any easy tricks for me? I'd really rather not use MEK if I can help it- that is nasty stuff.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:08 AM   #2
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While wet, WD40. Once dry, elbow grease. MEK helps the elbow grease become more effective.
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Mineral spirits or cosmoline remover.
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We've used carb cleaner with good results.

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thanks for the ideas. Looks like a good solvent soak and some hands on is in the cards.
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My clecos generally have sealant on them, I have a small thin wire brush on a small bench grinder that I clean them up with. Gotta hold one to them pretty good as it will fling them hard against the wall if they get away from you. Maybe not the safest method but it works for me. I always wear safety glasses and heavy leather gloves doing this.

After an aircraft skin is changed we might have 500 plus to clean up.
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