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cleaning peeling black pipe? Answered

Hi everyone, I finally got myself some black pipe for my project at a place where they would cut it for me. (No more EMT.) I have noticed that little bits of the black paint have come off (eg, at the place where I removed the pricing stickers) and that it is greasy all over (most probably from the pipe cutter I used at the store). I don't especially care about the condition of the paint, but want to be able to handle the pipe on a daily basis without getting greasy hands (or accumulating tiny fragments of paint all around my room and then ending up inhaling or eating them over the long term!). I guess that using water and soap on this will make it rust; how would you clean this? Thanks in advance for any advice! James

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-03-09

Black iron pipe is the steel pipe you normally use for gas lines. It may be a lacquer paint or oil-type coating on the pipe. You can clean off the excess grease with a lot of rags and WD-40. You should still have a slick but dry coating that prevents rust. I guess you can touch up tiny spots by getting some black nail polish used by those goth kids.

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lemonie (author)2009-03-09

Soap and water wont make it rust if you dry it thoroughly afterwards. You might want to repaint the bare patches though L

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bumpus (author)2009-03-09