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PE and vinegar question

July 10 2006 at 12:31 PM
Mike Gardella  (Login mgard)
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Awhile back I read somewhere that some people soak PE frets in vinegar prior to using. My question is, what exactly does the vinegar do and for how long should the frets be soaked in it. I am assuming that the vinegar used is the white variety. Thank you in advance.


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Andrew Albrecht
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Not definite but...

July 10 2006, 2:25 PM 

I'm pretty sure vinegar oxidizes the surface so that CA/paint has better adhesion. I can't help with how long but perhaps you can stick an unused bit of fret in some for a few minutes?


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Dany Mc Donald
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PE and vinegar question-----

July 10 2006, 4:52 PM 

Hi Mike,

I' haven’t read the article in question. But vinegar and talcum powder can be use to degrease brass and copper surfaces. It will remove the grease from finger prints and is mostly effective when rubbed and then washed in water...


Dany Mc Donald

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Kevin Brenton
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Re: PE and vinegar question

July 11 2006, 12:40 AM 

Basically the vinegar is a very mild acid and is used to etch the PE to create 'tooth' for the paint to adhere to. It can be also used to clean oxidised PE for the glueing process.
White vinegar is the one to use.

Kevin (Bluey)
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Mike Gardella
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July 12 2006, 10:00 AM 

Thanks guys for all of the tips.


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