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#1 robzy

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 02:59 PM

So I'm trying to clean some years-old acrylic paint off some old chrome work. I have some general purpose paint thinner (as suggested by the guy at Bunnings), some gloves, and some kitchen green (non-wire/metal) scourers. Problem is that when rubbing the chrome work, a combination of the scourers and the paint thinner goes right through the gloves. Rendering them useless in minutes. Does it matter if I do this work without gloves, or will I regret it tomorrow? Rob.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 03:05 PM

Just clean your hands well when you're done and use moisturiser.
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Posted 01 December 2010 - 03:23 PM

I've been a spray painter for over 30 yrs (FUCK) and often wash my hands in thinners. It will dry them out and sting like a bastard in a cut, but that's about all it will do.
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#4 robzy

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 03:26 PM

Thanks guys :) I think it'll be best if I leave it till tomorrow just in case (I've got a meeting-of-sorts tomorrow morning), and then proceed without the gloves. Also, you take the lid off the thinner, and then there's a ring-pull seal. The thing is, the fruckin' tin around the outlet is really thin, so you pull off the ring, and the metal springs back, and thinner splashes everywhere. That sucked :P Rob.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 03:36 PM

Just clean your hands well when you're done and use moisturiser.


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Only concern is thinners dries out your skin (No toxic effects unless ingested, injected, or plugged really) - If you notice smooth spots and cracking you should've used the moisturiser :P

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 03:44 PM

I've been a spray painter for over 30 yrs (FUCK) and often wash my hands in thinners. It will dry them out and sting like a bastard in a cut, but that's about all it will do.

Do not spill it in your lap. :P

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 03:45 PM

For future tip, use disposable gloves. Double bag 'em and you should be protected for a bit. Triple bag if they're wearing out too quick. Cheap and hell useful. I remember seeing Juggs mention it here many a year back, and when I started working on my motor, that was one of the best things to recall.
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 10:10 AM

Dont bother with latex gloves, they're a complete waste of time. Look for nitrile or vinyl, with nitrile the preference. Stay Nude, Stay Happy
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 10:20 AM

C'mon, Rob, HTFU a bit, it's not like it's paint thickers : p
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 10:26 AM

Dont bother with latex gloves, they're a complete waste of time. Look for nitrile or vinyl, with nitrile the preference.
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"Stay nude" yet you suggest gloves? :-P

But yeah… Latex is pretty cheap and will fall to bits quickly. That said… I find vinyl ones and acetone are a bad combination.

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 10:49 AM

:) My dad was a painter most of his life, my brother is one still, both always washed/wash up as Hulks said with thinners, no ill effects. Be careful of some solvents though, acetone whilst not dangerous will dissolve fat out of your skin and toluene whilst useful is very readily absorbed and a suspected carcinogen (probably is, but they keep changing their minds.) The most important thing with all such chemicals is good ventilation, no naked flames and if you feel light headed stop and get some air. Dad had a guy working with him once who forget the flames bit, washed up in thinners and went out for a smoke...his hands were momentarily wreathed in flame and he lost all the hair on them - no harm done, burns too quickly and at a low temperature but a bit of a shock :) Cheers
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 10:55 AM

Dad had a guy working with him once who forget the flames bit, washed up in thinners and went out for a smoke...his hands were momentarily wreathed in flame and he lost all the hair on them - no harm done, burns too quickly and at a low temperature but a bit of a shock :)


Ouch… I'll bet the first person he grabbed told him to "Get your flaming hands off me!"

Good to know there was no damage done (other than temporary loss of hair). I'll bet the smell of the hair burning stank the place out too.

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 12:16 PM

:) Fortunately he was outside and dad had a hose in his hand and took delight in soaking him :) Cheers
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 05:54 PM

Dont bother with latex gloves, they're a complete waste of time. Look for nitrile or vinyl, with nitrile the preference.

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 06:19 PM

Causes defattening: aka. oil breaks down, mixes with water, which both mix with the thinners, and DRY SKIN! If you have some hydrocortizone, and some decent misturiser, SMALL AMMOUNTS after using it helps a LOT. Its any hydrocarbon really; and i use so much Naptha, Toluene and Isopro that i'm used to it by now.

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 07:06 PM

toluene and xylol are pretty crap, not just on skin, and the vapour is not great for you either the absorption through skin is not profound, but if you go yellow then your liver noticed regardless... any gloves except probably leather will likely dissolve in short order as for hydrocort, save it unless a good moisturiser fails you, and then use it briefly and sparingly (although sweating it in under gladqwap for 30 minutes is a miracle); vaseline "intensive care lotion" is a great moisturiser for the price

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 07:18 PM

I've been a spray painter for over 30 yrs (FUCK) and often wash my hands in thinners. It will dry them out and sting like a bastard in a cut, but that's about all it will do.

Do not spill it in your lap. :P

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+ 1

Done that, wasn't very nice....
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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:52 AM

Do not spill it in your lap. :P

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No prob, just drop a lit match and it's gone in seconds. ;{) See post re the flaming hands.

Seriously though I'd drop my daks and assume a deep horse stance before applying the match. Opens the creases to get rid of the lot.

The clothing would retain too much chemical and prolong the burn time which would result in injury. Without them you just get a bit of warmth and a depilatory job and can then have a quick rinse to cool and remove the residual greasy feeling.

Yes I have tried this a few times but not to extensive body coverage (higher volume =burns). NOTE: hold your breath as it ignites especially if it tracks up abdo and chest. Singed lungs are a bastard.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:03 AM

This is what 3500 psi of mineral turps injected into your finger from an 'airless' spraygun does...3 months after the 3 operations

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:12 AM

Jesus!!! Not nice.... Dad and my bro started using airless guns in 1974, never yet had an accident, my brother is very accident prone though, his last little incident was using a high pressure water cleaner on a roof, getting the extension cord join wet and as he put it "lighting himself up." He survived, anyone who managed to accidentally hang himself in a tree as a kid, I cut him down, had quite the scar for a while, or blister an entire arm making a cup of tea is not going to be phased by a bit of electricity :) Cheers
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