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Old 22 January 2012, 09:56   #21
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Acetone is a carcinogen.
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Very bad to let it contact skin in any way, as your body will soak it up. Breathing it is a very fast way to get it into your blood stream also. Nasty stuff, which is why it works so well. Just make sure to use proper protection as short term you may not notice health issues, but over time all the chemicals we work with can cause major health issues.
It is certainly unpleasant, but it is not regarded as Carcinogenic by the US EPA or any other recognised body on Industrial Hazards. It does have the potential to kill you - I'm not suggesting using it without gloves, eye protection, good ventilation and avoiding naked flames is in anyway a good idea - but expert opinion is it will not give you cancer (which is probably a good thing considering it is a natural byproduct of human metabolism - albeit at very low levels!).
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Old 22 January 2012, 15:39   #22
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Acetone

Thanks for the acetone tip chaps.....tried nearly everything including mechanical removal but in the end only acetone worked....really well too. As you said, have to be careful though as it takes the red off the tubes!
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No its not.
It is certainly unpleasant, but it is not regarded as Carcinogenic by the US EPA or any other recognised body on Industrial Hazards. It does have the potential to kill you - I'm not suggesting using it without gloves, eye protection, good ventilation and avoiding naked flames is in anyway a good idea - but expert opinion is it will not give you cancer (which is probably a good thing considering it is a natural byproduct of human metabolism - albeit at very low levels!).
Yeah!
Alcohol + vomit = acetone
Me, not cancer. Yet.
Acetone is what you get in the blood when you make that silly protein diet.
Pretty nice headaches in both cases.
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Old 23 January 2012, 17:46   #24
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UV light if you can wait until summer and leave it in the garden.
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No its not.
It is certainly unpleasant, but it is not regarded as Carcinogenic by the US EPA or any other recognized body on Industrial Hazards. It does have the potential to kill you - I'm not suggesting using it without gloves, eye protection, good ventilation and avoiding naked flames is in anyway a good idea - but expert opinion is it will not give you cancer (which is probably a good thing considering it is a natural byproduct of human metabolism - albeit at very low levels!).
Yes I do stand corrected. I think we can all agree using acetone or MEK safely is important.
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Old 24 January 2012, 03:14   #26
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UV light if you can wait until summer and leave it in the garden.
You're optimistic. Uv, summer, UK....
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Right I think I have found the solution!! After trying every single chemical known to man, including The following

Truck wash
Acetone
Poly marine inflatable oat cleaner
Thinners
Mildew remover
Bleach!

as a last resort and after a day of machine polishing the gel coat I thought I would try the machine mop... To my surprise it worked!! It did take a while though to only do 10cm or so...

Today I decided to try some 180 wet and dry and it worked a treat!! Far too cold today but next weekend if we are out of the arctic I'll give it a try and will post pics!!
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If it is on the Rubbing Straik and all else fails... (Which is likely if its White!) Give it a light going over with 600 wet and dry...With a little water and Washing up liquid.
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Thanks... Definitely the only way!
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