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Old 28 June 2013, 16:00   #1
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Correct chemical for hypalon

Just wondering, can I use cellulose thinners to clean t fabric as I find it very hard to get toluene here in Ireland . None of t glue suppliers seem to have or 501 and it can't be shipped from t UK , celloluse thinners contains toluene and xylene any ideas thanks
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Acetone would be more the thing I would think, should be readily available as well.
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It certainly cleans Hypalon, because I've used it. It cleans off a fair bit of colour too! I'd try a bit on the underside of a tube and see what you think.
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It certainly cleans Hypalon, because I've used it. It cleans off a fair bit of colour too! I'd try a bit on the underside of a tube and see what you think.
Thinners is ok but not in excess just a damp cloth and don't hold it on just wipe across then use 501 to protect and wash the tubes with fairy washing up liquid ( there are other brands as well ) after use
But as you say try a small bit 1 st
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Whats up with your toobs? Is it just a clean? if so I would start with Fairy Power spray



Or try TFR
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Sorry guys just preparing tubes for glue,fitting wear patches, all t pointers point to toluene so I m looking for alternatives thanks
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Sorry guys just preparing tubes for glue,fitting wear patches, all t pointers point to toluene so I m looking for alternatives thanks
Can you get mek? Acetone is a good bet
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Thanks whisper, Can get Mek, thought that was only for pvc though. Can also get acetone are they as good as toluene.
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Not all cellulose thinners has the same composition. Some variations:

- Xylene, Butyl Glycol, Dichloromethane
- Ethanol, Butyl acetates
- MEK, Ethanol, Butanol, Methyl Isobutyl Ketone
- Toluene, Acetone, MEK, Ethyl Acetate

and probably various others and combinations of the above

traditionally I think it was just Toluene and Xylene but something (H&S, cost, quality?) seems to have introduced options. Would have thought you could get it at a spray paint supplier - but never tried. If I was desperate and had thinners I was sure was just toluene and xylene I would use that.
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Thanks whisper, Can get Mek, thought that was only for pvc though. Can also get acetone are they as good as toluene.
I was told by a rib repair company that pvc and hypalon chemicals are very similar and not worth buying both if you have one or the other
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