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Cleaning a carbon fiber mast with a solvent?

 
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winddave



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: Cleaning a carbon fiber mast with a solvent? Reply with quote

Can you safely clean a carbon fiber mast with a solvent, such as acetone or rubbing alcohol?
Expert advice appreciated.
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DanWeiss



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carbon masts are a combination of fibers and epoxy. Epoxy is pretty tough stuff but judicious application is the key. Don't soak a mast in a vat of acid and expect it to remain.

I've used acetone to clean masts for years. It can remove screened-on labels, so take care. Alcohol is a tame solvent in comparison but does a nice job with less toxicity for basic de-griming.

Give a good rinse and wipe dry. Then smile.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As said above either acetone or alcohol is fine. Regarding the vat of acid comment, on several occasions I have actually placed the ends of a carbon fiber boom in a container of muratic acid to remove the glued in parts of a broken aluminum front end. The acid will completely dissolve the aluminum and not damage the tube. Also works for a hopelessly stuck aluminum mast base.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2022 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cameronj27382 wrote:
Windsurfing is basically a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing.

Wow. That's deep. You should apply for a full scholarship to pre-school.
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manuel



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2022 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to remove sticky residue simply use oil. Can be whatever oil so choose what you have from the kitchen.
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skyking1231



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2022 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a quick (not so scientific) test.

mix some 5 minute epoxy. spread it out on a paper plate or whatever. Let it cure. then put whatever solvent in question over it. Let it sit for a period of time, and see what happens... Not 100% exact. but a simple test.
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