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Old 24 June 2007, 07:36   #11
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First class job,

Hard to believe it's the same boat at the start of the thread..





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Just thought I'd post some updated pics, as the tube reconditioning is now finished. It's been a hell of a lot of work but I can't believe how well they've come out.

The 1st and 2nd pics show the condition that I picked it up in.

The 3rd pic is half way through 3 days of removing advertising stickers with a hairdryer (don't under estimate how difficult it is to get those little b&st%rds off!)

The 4th and 5th show it after a) cleansing with diluted TFR, b) removing oxidation with Toluene (thanks to paul Tilley for the tip), c) applying two coats of 303 Aerospace protector

Looks almost new!! Hopefully dipping it in the water tomorrow
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Old 24 June 2007, 13:37   #12
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i reckon thats not the same boat, thats a brand spanker fresh out the factory!! top Job, well done,
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The 4th and 5th show it after a) cleansing with diluted TFR, b) removing oxidation with Toluene (thanks to paul Tilley for the tip), c) applying two coats of 303 Aerospace protector

Great job on those tubes, where can i get this 303 protector from
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Thanks for the compliments fellas. just waiting for a nice weekend to use it now

I got the 303 from Henshaws for about 13 plus p&p but apparently you can get it cheaper from hot-tub suppliers. While the TFR got the muck off, it was the toluene that brought a lot of the colour back and the 303 that gave it the 'new' look.
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hi guyp

where can you get the toluene from ??

cheers andy
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where can you get the toluene from ??

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Best to pick it up in person as opposed to through the post, as there is a hazardous carriage charge.

Watch yourself with it, it's nasty stuff (burns right though cloths and rubber gloves)
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Having been closely connected with the Gravure printing Industry for many years I'd stear clear of Toluene at all costs.

Best Solvent you'll find for quick clean drying of inks on very high speed lines, and as mentioned will de-grease/clean most things.
However those things tend to melt, or suffer surface damage soon afterwards.
As for unprotected skin, don't believe you've washed it off, its already sunk in.

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Guy, after a year, how are the tubes looking?
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