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Old 17-11-2014, 08:39   #1
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Varnish Cleanup

Does anyone have any suggestions for cleaning varnish off of one's hands?
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Re: Varnish Cleanup

Latex gloves.
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Lacquer Thinner? ...for a non toxic hand cleaner I often use butter or bacon fat, followed by straight dish soap.
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acetone, laq thinner, or mek. read the labels, but one use isn't going to be a problem for most.... unless you have an allergy or something.
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acetone, laq thinner, or mek. read the labels, but one use isn't going to be a problem for most.... unless you have an allergy or something.
Our crew was installing new a/c windshields steady for about 6mo. You get super messy with polysulfide sealant and clean up with MEK. One guy was feeling weird so he went to see a doctor. Turns out the guy was the Doc for the Campbell Soup factory nearby. They use mek and toluol to clean up the equipment. He said, "don't worry about it" It happens all the time, wear gloves.
I think times are changing and mek is not OK anymore. Not sure if I will see real bad effects from years of using all those solvents but I think I would make a shaky old brain surgeon now.
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