Getting paint off pipes

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  1. Getting paint (usually emulsion) off of copper pipes is a right PITA. Has
    to be done though.

    Ok if you can get a blowlamp involved, but many times you can't. I've tried
    pipe prep tools, those open mesh abrasive strips for plumbers & stainless
    steel scrubby thingys, all work, but too slow.

    Any other methods of shifting it?


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    The Medway Handyman, Jul 21, 2008
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    Rod Guest

    The Medway Handyman wrote:
    > Getting paint (usually emulsion) off of copper pipes is a right PITA. Has
    > to be done though.
    >
    > Ok if you can get a blowlamp involved, but many times you can't. I've tried
    > pipe prep tools, those open mesh abrasive strips for plumbers & stainless
    > steel scrubby thingys, all work, but too slow.
    >
    > Any other methods of shifting it?
    >
    >

    I have tried all the below - but it does stick rather well, doesn't it?
    Don't think anything actually works better than Nitromors. Except
    replacing the pipe... :)

    Nitromors.
    Sandpaper.
    Scotchbrite pads.
    Scrubbing brush and vim (scouring powder).
    NaOH.
    Wire brush.

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    Rod, Jul 21, 2008
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    Spamlet Guest

    "The Medway Handyman" <> wrote in message
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    > Getting paint (usually emulsion) off of copper pipes is a right PITA. Has
    > to be done though.
    >
    > Ok if you can get a blowlamp involved, but many times you can't. I've
    > tried pipe prep tools, those open mesh abrasive strips for plumbers &
    > stainless steel scrubby thingys, all work, but too slow.
    >
    > Any other methods of shifting it?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Dave - The Medway Handyman
    > www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
    >



    Once upon a time I'd have just said: "It'd be cheaper and quicker to replace
    the pipe." But I suppose that is no longer the case...

    S
    Spamlet, Jul 21, 2008
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  4. John Rumm wrote:
    > The Medway Handyman wrote:
    >> Getting paint (usually emulsion) off of copper pipes is a right
    >> PITA. Has to be done though.
    >>
    >> Ok if you can get a blowlamp involved, but many times you can't. I've
    >> tried pipe prep tools, those open mesh abrasive strips for
    >> plumbers & stainless steel scrubby thingys, all work, but too slow.
    >>
    >> Any other methods of shifting it?

    >
    > Have a look in Wickes for one of the blue pipe cleaner thingies (cost
    > about a fiver IIRC - looks like a blue cylinder about 40mm diameter
    > and 75mm long). It has a 15mm end and a 22mm one. The inside being
    > lined with a fine steel brush. You shove it over the end of the pipe
    > and turn. One direction is easy - a few turns and it leaves the pipe
    > nice and clean if its just dirty metal. Turn it the other way however
    > and you get a much harsher brush action - that will usually take
    > emulsion off.


    I've got one of those, but its not doing the job - maybe I need to replace
    it.


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    The Medway Handyman, Jul 21, 2008
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    RW Guest

    "The Medway Handyman" <> wrote in message
    news:Ep5hk.30732$...
    > Getting paint (usually emulsion) off of copper pipes is a right PITA. Has
    > to be done though.
    >
    > Ok if you can get a blowlamp involved, but many times you can't. I've
    > tried pipe prep tools, those open mesh abrasive strips for plumbers &
    > stainless steel scrubby thingys, all work, but too slow.
    >
    > Any other methods of shifting it?


    Having a similar problem recently I just tapped the paint with the side of a
    file and it chipped off.

    Other than that.............

    ..
    ..
    ..
    ..
    ..
    .. Angle Grinder ;-)
    RW, Jul 22, 2008
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  6. RW wrote:
    > "The Medway Handyman" <> wrote in
    > message news:Ep5hk.30732$...
    >> Getting paint (usually emulsion) off of copper pipes is a right
    >> PITA. Has to be done though.
    >>
    >> Ok if you can get a blowlamp involved, but many times you can't. I've
    >> tried pipe prep tools, those open mesh abrasive strips for
    >> plumbers & stainless steel scrubby thingys, all work, but too slow.
    >>
    >> Any other methods of shifting it?

    >
    > Having a similar problem recently I just tapped the paint with the
    > side of a file and it chipped off.
    >
    > Other than that.............
    >


    > . Angle Grinder ;-)


    I was actually thinking of using my Dremel - does that count as an angle
    grinder?

    :)

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    The Medway Handyman, Jul 22, 2008
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