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Easy way to strip paint off plastic containers? Answered

I am trying to take paint (printing) off of a plastic container -- the body is a 5 and the lid is a 2. I can do it by hand using sand paper but it is taking a really long time. (And I have 18 containers to strip.) Any suggestions for something that would strip this and not be too crazy with fumes, bad for environment, yadda yadda yadda? Thanks for the help!

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Rishnai (author)2008-08-01

Spray Lysol has a nasty habit of wiping the paint off of everything I try to clean with it. Spray it on a paper towel (away from explosive gas detectors) until the towel is wet, and then wipe the container. Odds are, it'll remove a lot of the paint. Just an idea for next time if you don't have nail polish remover around. Magic Erasers could take the Rhino Liner out of a truck given enough time...

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dumbchick1718 (author)Rishnai2012-10-08

I laughed so hard at the last line of you comment "Magic Erasers could take the Rhino Liner out of a truck given enough time." That is absolutely true. Those things can remove just about anything. ^.^

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kellybasinger (author)Rishnai2008-08-01

Thanks so much! I will try that too as I have 17 containers to do and only so much nail polish! Wow. I'm amazed at how much the instructables people know...

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Rishnai (author)kellybasinger2008-08-01

No problem. It's just a question of thinking about what else something could be used for. Often an unwanted side effect in one instance is just what the doctor ordered in another.

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Kiteman (author)2008-08-01

"2" is high density polyethylene, and "5" is polypropylene. Both are resistant to most common solvents. If you're bothered about fumes, I would try baby wipes or make-up removal wipes first - they contain a cocktail of mild solvents that will shift permanent markers. After that, try traditional aftershave, methanol / denatured alcohol, paraffin or white spirit. Acetone (cheap nail-varnish remover) also shifts most inks, but can soften some plastics, so use it sparingly.

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kellybasinger (author)Kiteman2008-08-01

Kiteman! Thanks! I will try all of those and let you know! I appreciate the help big time. :o)

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kellybasinger (author)Kiteman2008-08-01

Kiteman! You rule! A little bit of nail polish remover and a Magic Eraser took the printing off lickety split! Thanks again!

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Kiteman (author)kellybasinger2008-08-01

Like I said; any time. Are you working on an Instructable?

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Tool Using Animal (author)2008-08-01

If you have access to a comprrssor, I'd suggest a ghetto sand blaster

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Tool Using Animal... I do have access to a compressor -- I will try this if Kiteman has not solve my problem. Thanks a ton! :o)

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