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Old 12-22-2003, 05:49 PM
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Default Covering Iron woes

Last plane I did I baked and I do mean BAKED, on a bunch of iron sock, and I'm wonderin if anybody else has figured out a way to remove this stuff?
Old 12-22-2003, 08:34 PM
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HI WHEELS! I have taken antistatic dryer sheets and used them to get paint off an iron. Whatever you try will have to be done while the iron is hot. Try steelwool and a single edge razor
Old 12-22-2003, 08:53 PM
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Wheels,
Oven cleaner. Just make sure you only get it on the bottom and not on the controls, cord or handle.
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Old 12-22-2003, 09:21 PM
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You can use lacquer thinner when the iron is cold, but be careful because it will damage plastic parts. Just put a tiny amount on a paper towel and wipe the bottom. It will come off quickly.
Old 12-22-2003, 10:12 PM
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Old 12-22-2003, 11:03 PM
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wheels,
Are you saying you "baked" some of an iron sock onto your covering?? If you are, that's one I've never heard before! [X(]
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Old 12-23-2003, 12:24 AM
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Default RE: Covering Iron woes

that's exactly what I'm sayin, actual covering sock baked onto the surface of the iron.

I did get it off guys thanx for the help, dunno why I didn't think to turn the iron on and use a single sided razor myself, but I didn't that got most of it (and a bit of teflon too ? the rest came with a little oven cleaner as was suggested.
Old 12-23-2003, 12:30 AM
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Well, I guess you learned the hard way that razors and teflon doesn't mix. You must have your iron way too high or you're ironing the wrong side of the covering.
Old 12-23-2003, 01:14 AM
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Naw it was just a cheap sock,
Old 12-23-2003, 02:22 AM
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Were you using an actual iron sock or an old poly/cotton t-shirt scrap? Don't steel wool or razor blade your iron, try acetone or some lightweight oil. I have dripped water on my iron to boil the melted covering off but I've never had a sock melt to it.
Old 12-23-2003, 07:44 AM
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How bout the cleaner designed for clothes irons?

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Old 12-23-2003, 09:15 AM
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Use only pure cotton or linen, no synthetics. They melt with the heat.
Old 12-23-2003, 12:16 PM
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There is a material called Ironex sold by Tower. It not only cleans the iron but will remove slopover covering adnesive from the surface cover. I have used acetone but feel much safer with Ironex. It can also be used as thinner for Balsarite, both film and cloth types.
Old 12-23-2003, 01:56 PM
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Heat the iron up at full and when the stuff becomes pliable, wipe it off with a cotton cloth. And yes, I have used acetone to help on a hot iron -------disappears rapidly but have had no adverse affects.

Flash point for acetone is considerably above the max iron temp.
Old 12-23-2003, 11:52 PM
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I keep an old white cotton T shirt on the side while covering, and wipe my iron on it every once in awhile. It keeps adhesive and color and stuff off the surface of the iron.
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Old 12-24-2003, 03:46 PM
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As I had said I wound up getting everything off with heat, a razorblade, and oven cleaner. Didn't seem to matter anyway, I used the iron to cover the fin and rudder of my latest kit and it quit workin anyway ............................. whaddaya do? lol
Old 12-24-2003, 04:31 PM
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Here is an old trick. Get the iron to temp. Lay out a piece of wax paper and pour some salt on it. Move the iron around on the salt and it removes the monokote stuff on the iron. I used to do this with my moms iron when I was a kid. If she knew I used it on planes, she'd a killed me!!

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