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What to clean print if I cannot find IPA or Alcohol (Ethanol)

The Novel Coronavirus outbreak has devastated many people's lives and caused supply shortages. One frequent question we have received lately is


"What if I cannot find IPA or Ethanol to clean my prints?"


The most readily available and cost-effective option is acetone, which is commonly used to remove paints/nail gloss. Before you run out to buy, read the following instructions and warnings.


Warning:


Acetone is more toxic than Ethanol and IPA, that is why it was not commonly recommended.

Here is acetone's MSDS from a major manufacturer:

http://www.labchem.com/tools/msds/msds/LC10420.pdf

Make sure you wear butyl rubber gloves, wear goggle, use in the well-ventilated area, keep away open flames, and do not ingest acetone.

Acetone also is not water-soluble, so do not dilute by adding water.


Instruction:

  • Follow Aceton's MSDS from the OEM of the chemical.

  • Do not submerge a print in acetone for more than 30s. Best to dunk the print in and out of acetone

  • Use a hair based brush. Do not use plastic-based brushes.

  • Dry before curing


Happy printing!





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