Cleaning Letters off of PVC

A question that often comes up on the agility building equipment lists that I am on is this: how does one clean the letters off of PVC in the easiest manner?

Now, this is one of those things that for at home use only equipment I really don’t want to expend the energy on, but if I were to make equipment for other folks, this is something I could see the value in doing…appearances mean much in customer service.

How to clean PVC, various methods

  • Fine gauge sandpaper and elbow grease, sand lengthways only, not in circles
  •  razor knife and score off the lettering, using as little pressure as needed
  • Use PVC cleaner
  • Acetone to remove the lettering on the PVC pipe, takes a bit of elbow grease as well – will work on all colours of lettering
  • Blue lettering comes off with carburetor cleaner
  • Lacquer thinner

There are pros and cons to each method.  Some use chemicals which means cleaning out of doors.  Some require a bit more work than others to get a good job done.   Try it out and see what works best for you.

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