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05-13-2008, 02:44 AM #1
Nail Polish Remover - 1001 uses
Acetone, commonly called Nail Polish Remover, has many uses around the shop. Here are some of them related to straight razor restoration.
Plastic Scale Refinishing - I'm sure we all have a razor with plastic scales that have some small scratches, scuffs, stains etc. Take a rag and make a tight nub out of a part of it about the size of a golf ball. Apply some acetone to this then immediately rub it vigorously on the scales. Don't stop moving and make quick circular movements. This will disolve a thin layer of the plastic and redistribute it evenly. When you're done, put the scales down to dry a minute, then buff lightly with a clean rag.
Plastic Welding - You can fuse most plastics using acetone. Just apply a drop to one of the surfaces and hold the other surface in place until it dries. There are other, better chemicals for this (methylene chloride comes to mind) but acetone works in a pinch. A drop of acetone on a crack in your scales is also a great way to stabilize it (prevent it from getting worse or separating)
Blade Sanitizing - Acetone is a very effective disinfectant and is a drying agent.
Permanent Marker Remover - Acetone will disolve permanent marker ink very effectively. Use it to clean your blades after using a marker to check your bevel when honing, or on your shirt when you accidentally mark it.
Super Glue Solvent - Glue yourself to your bench? Reach for the acetone. Apply, let it soak and gently pry the surfaces apart, applying more if needed.
Anybody got other uses?
05-14-2008, 05:27 AM #2
Does the rubbing scales work on celluliod? I have a Genco thats scratched and was thinking of doing that but will it work and not damage the scales?
05-14-2008, 01:50 PM #3
Acetone works on celluloid.
You won't damage the scales if you keep the cloth moving (i.e. never let it rest in one place). The trick is to make a tight ball so that what contacts the scales is mostly the cloth and not liquid acetone. Use fast light strokes. If the end finish is not as glossy as you'd like, you can finish with a polishing compound or simply a clean rag and some elbow grease.
Admittedly this technique is not for beginners. If you have some old scales to practice on that might be a good idea.
05-14-2008, 02:35 PM #4
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So you're saying that if by chance I won a new Robeson shur-edge with a nice hammered tang on ebay and upon receiving it, immediately snapped one of the celluloid scales in half cleaning the inside of it (and I'm not saying I did...this is just hypothetical you understand), that I would be able to fuse the two halves back together with acetone and it would be as strong as it was before?
05-14-2008, 02:56 PM #5
No it won't be as strong as before, but it'll be pretty sturdy. You can also expect some physical distortion around the weld. I would recommend Methylene Chloride for this, not acetone. It works faster and causes less distortion.
IMHO you'd get better results installing a liner if you want to keep the original scales (or have someone install one for you). The welding method I put forth is more applicable to other types of work.
EDIT: I just tried it to make sure I wasn't talking out of another hole... I repared a scrap scale I purposely snapped. The repair is solid, but when bent again it breaks on the same line. It took a decent force before failing. I applied the acetone with a small paint brush to both sides and held them in place for a minute or 2. Making sure you don't spill any on the other parts of the scales is important since it will soften and possibly distort any plastic/celluloid it touches. I was using 99% acetone, if you use nail polish remover check the concentration. It will take longer to set (dry?) at lower concentrations.
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05-16-2008, 10:49 PM #7
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Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS): Acetone
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1. Product Identification
MSDS Number: A0446 --- Effective Date: 04/09/98
Synonyms: Dimethylketone; 2-propanone; dimethylketal
CAS No.: 67-64-1
Molecular Weight: 58.08
Chemical Formula: (CH3)2CO
2. Composition/Information on Ingredients
3. Hazards Identification
DANGER! EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE LIQUID AND VAPOR. VAPOR MAY CAUSE
FLASH FIRE. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED OR INHALED. CAUSES IRRITATION
TO SKIN, EYES AND RESPIRATORY TRACT. AFFECTS CENTRAL NERVOUS
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Health Rating: 1 - Slight
Flammability Rating: 4 - Extreme (Flammable)
Reactivity Rating: 2 - Moderate
Contact Rating: 1 - Slight
Lab Protective Equip: GOGGLES; LAB COAT; VENT HOOD; PROPER GLOVES; CLASS B
Storage Color Code: Red (Flammable)
Potential Health Effects
Inhalation of vapors irritates the respiratory tract. May cause coughing, dizziness, dullness, and headache. Higher concentrations can produce central nervous system depression, narcosis, and unconsciousness.
Swallowing small amounts is not likely to produce harmful effects. Ingestion of larger amounts may produce abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Aspiration into lungs can produce severe lung damage and is a medical emergency. Other symptoms are expected to parallel inhalation.
Irritating due to defatting action on skin. Causes redness, pain, drying and cracking of the skin.
Vapors are irritating to the eyes. Splashes may cause severe irritation, with stinging, tearing, redness and pain.
Prolonged or repeated skin contact may produce severe irritation or dermatitis.
Aggravation of Pre-existing Conditions:
Use of alcoholic beverages enhances toxic effects. Exposure may increase the toxic potential of chlorinated hydrocarbons, such as chloroform, trichloroethane. 4. First Aid Measures
Remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical attention.
Aspiration hazard. If swallowed, vomiting may occur spontaneously, but DO NOT INDUCE. If vomiting occurs, keep head below hips to prevent aspiration into lungs. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Call a physician immediately.
Immediately flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Get medical attention. Wash clothing before reuse. Thoroughly clean shoes before reuse.
Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, lifting upper and lower eyelids occasionally. Get medical attention. 5. Fire Fighting Measures
Flash point: -20C (-4F) CC
Autoignition temperature: 465C (869F)
Flammable limits in air % by volume: lel: 2.5; uel: 12.8
Extremely Flammable Liquid and Vapor! Vapor may cause flash fire.
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should be No Smoking areas. Use non-sparking type tools and equipment, including explosion proof
ventilation. Containers of this material may be hazardous when empty since they retain product residues
(vapors, liquid); observe all warnings and precautions listed for the product.
8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
Airborne Exposure Limits:
-OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL): 1000 ppm (TWA)
-ACGIH Threshold Limit Value (TLV): 500 ppm (TWA), 750 ppm (STEL) A4 - not classifiable as a human carcinogen
A system of local and/or general exhaust is recommended to keep employee exposures below the
Airborne Exposure Limits. Local exhaust ventilation is generally preferred because it can control the
emissions of the contaminant at its source, preventing dispersion of it into the general work area. Please
refer to the ACGIH document, Industrial Ventilation, A Manual of Recommended Practices, most recent
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Personal Respirators (NIOSH Approved):
If the exposure limit is exceeded, a half-face organic vapor respirator may be worn for up to ten times the
exposure limit or the maximum use concentration specified by the appropriate regulatory agency or
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respirators do not protect workers in oxygen-deficient atmospheres.
Wear impervious protective clothing, including boots, gloves, lab coat, apron or coveralls, as
appropriate, to prevent skin contact.
Use chemical safety goggles and/or a full face shield where splashing is possible. Maintain eye wash
fountain and quick-drench facilities in work area.
9. Physical and Chemical Properties (Acetone)
Appearance:Clear, colorless, volatile liquid.Odor:Fragrant, mint-likeSolubility:Miscible in all proportions in water.Density:0.79 @ 20C/4CpH:No information found.% Volatiles by volume @ 21C (70F):100%Boiling Point:56.5C (133F) @ 760 mm HgMelting Point:-95C (-139F)Vapor Density (Air=1):2.0Vapor Pressure (mm Hg):400 @ 39.5C (104F)Evaporation Rate (n-Butyl Acetate=1):7.7
10. Stability and Reactivity
Stable under ordinary conditions of use and storage.
Hazardous Decomposition Products:
Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide may form when heated to decomposition.
Will not occur.
Concentrated nitric and sulfuric acid mixtures, oxidizing materials, chloroform, alkalis, chlorine
compounds, acids, potassium t-butoxide.
Conditions to Avoid:
Heat, flames, ignition sources and incompatibles.
11. Toxicological Information
Oral rat LD50: 5800 mg/kg; Inhalation rat LC50: 50,100mg/m3; Irritation eye rabbit, Standard Draize, 20
mg severe; investigated as a tumorigen, mutagen, reproductive effector.
12. Ecological Information
When released into the soil, this material is expected to readily biodegrade. When released into the soil,
this material is expected to leach into groundwater. When released into the soil, this material is expected to
quickly evaporate. When released into water, this material is expected to readily biodegrade. When
released to water, this material is expected to quickly evaporate. This material has a log octanol-water
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NFPA Ratings: Health: 1 Flammability: 3 Reactivity: 0
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DANGER! EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE LIQUID AND VAPOR. VAPOR MAY CAUSE FLASH
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RESPIRATORY TRACT. AFFECTS CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
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artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes or
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05-16-2008, 11:53 PM #8
Yeah, it's probably not a good idea to drink acetone or smoke a cigarette while working with it...
05-17-2008, 12:09 AM #9
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I am very big on data. I like having as much info as possible on anything I use. I don't necessarily use the data but I like having it. I have a background in optical engineering and I use acetone and isopropanol more than most people use water. I just love the stuff.
04-27-2009, 01:03 AM #10
We always had to use a double layer of gloves and a gas mask to use acetone, I don't see why people would put it on their nails