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Unread postAuthor: isban » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:44 pm

my buddies and i have been shooting the liquid from inside glow sticks for a long time. it looks awesome at night to see a glowing potato go downrange. recently though two of my friends had their barrels break off. they seem to think that something in the glow stick stuff could have weakened or damaged the pvc. does anybody know if there something in glow sticks that could be bad for pvc?
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Unread postAuthor: Pete Zaria » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:11 pm

I don't think so, since the glow sticks themselves are made of a plastic not too dissimilar from PVC.
However, why don't you find out and let us know? Take a scrap piece of pipe, put an end cap on it, pour in a glow stick, and wait a day. See if it softens it at all. Let us know the results :)

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Unread postAuthor: isban » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:28 pm

i tried that a while ago. i let the pipe marinade for about a day. the only thing i saw was the lettering rubbed off when i wiped it. it may have made it more brittle or something. i haven't had any problems with my gun though.
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Unread postAuthor: Pneumatics » Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:22 pm

how exactly do you shoot glow sticks? do you cut them open then shoot them? ive never tryed it.
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Unread postAuthor: medievalman » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:18 pm

it sounds like he cut them open, and put the liquid on potatoes to make them glow. i hope your gun doesnt suffer any damage from this liquid! :D
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:30 pm

hmmm, I may have to try this, since I doubt it would affect aluminum.

good idea!

if the lettering wiped off, it obviously did something to it, right?
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Unread postAuthor: medievalman » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:31 pm

it might be somewhat like the PVC primer, that wipes the lettering off too.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:18 pm

The stuff inside the glass vial inside glowsticks is concentrated hydrogen peroxide (~35%)

The flourescent dye is any number of some godawfully long named chemicals.

PVC isn't meant to do much with hydrogen peroxide.
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Unread postAuthor: Pneumatics » Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:22 pm

dont drink the stuff inside glow sticks. I had a stomach ake for a long time. lol
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Unread postAuthor: StealthSpud » Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:29 pm

Wow....... that was very a dumb idea..
but quite funny! :D
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Unread postAuthor: medievalman » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:01 pm

I wonder what wouldve happened if they took x-rays?
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Unread postAuthor: supa_midget » Fri Feb 02, 2007 6:12 am

hmm a little of topic but it would be cool to fill a ping pong ball or a little ball made with tin foil with glow stick stuff n shoot that at a wall.
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Unread postAuthor: trae08 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:13 pm

shoot the glow sticks themselves outs like half inch or 3/4 in barrells
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Unread postAuthor: rebalgray » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:04 pm

Go here and ask your question. http://www.extremeglow.com/

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Unread postAuthor: isban » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:14 pm

Wow that site has got some great stuff. They've got ultra high intensity glow sticks that I'm sure would look great at night.
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