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Removing PTFE tape

Unread postAuthor: shud_b_rite » Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:57 pm

Anyone know any tips for removing plumbers tape from threaded fittings? I have a bunch of brass fittings and the tape is all dirty/mouldy and when i try to peel the tape of it just rips and frey's into lots of tiny fibers which makes it harder to get off.
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:01 pm

Use a trusty wire brush :D
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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:06 pm

Yes, a wire brush or wire wheel will do it the quickest.
If you want to have fun you could try using a sandblaster or birdshot.

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Unread postAuthor: spudgunnerwryyyyy » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:09 pm

Burning it will make it schrivil up. Just something to try.
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:14 pm

It's near impossible to burn Polytetrafluroethylene :)

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Unread postAuthor: shud_b_rite » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:20 pm

Ah yes. Wire brush does it. It scratches up the threads a little, but not enough to really damage it. Thanks guys
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Unread postAuthor: spudgunnerwryyyyy » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:21 pm

Actually no, if you read the wiki page on it starts to degrade at 600 degrees f. This is easily reached by an open flame and since the tape is so thin even when wrapped on threads that it will melt, degrade, and burn in an open flame.
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:24 pm

spudgunnerwryyyyy wrote:Actually no, if you read the wiki page on it starts to degrade at 600 degrees f. This is easily reached by an open flame and since the tape is so thin even when wrapped on threads that it will melt, degrade, and burn in an open flame.


MMMK, I'm off to burn some tape.
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:28 pm

It burns very easy when it is by itself, but on the thread the metal soaks up all the heat, you would have to get it glowing just about i think.
Would be more fun than the brush though!
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Unread postAuthor: spudgunnerwryyyyy » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:28 pm

Go have fun.
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Unread postAuthor: TurboSuper » Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:48 am

Steel wool is your friend.
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:01 pm

You really shouldn't be using a steel brush or steel wool on a brass fitting.

Get a brass brush (used to clean BBG grills) or just use a toothbrush with soapy water.
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