removing ink from PVC pipe

talley_sue_nycApril 1, 2012

I have a piece of PVC pipe that I'm using for a completely non-plumbing use.

Can the printing on the outside of the pipe be removed with anything, without clouding the finish?

There's the red ink w/ the info about the type of pipe, and then there's the black UPC code from Home Depot for the price.

Will either of those come off?

I've tried Goof-Off, WD-40, canola oil, latex paint remover, ink remover for laundry.

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lazypup

Providing you are removing the writing to use the pipe for a non-plumbing application you may do so and its very easy. The PVC primer that we use to prep a joint will remove that writing. Inside the primer can there is a wool dauber attached to the lid by means of a wire. Just rub the writing with the wet dauber then wipe the ink off with a rag.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 8:02PM
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talley_sue_nyc

thanks!
I'm not sure it's worth the expense, but it's good to know that it will work!

It turns out that the way I've positioned it completely hides the writing, so I may leave it alone.

And it's SO non-plumbing! I cut a short length and set it on a shelf, and sticky-ed it to the wall, to set my electric screwdriver in so it won't fall over.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 10:18PM
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alphonse

"...without clouding the finish?"

You can use acetone, which is a component of the primer. Either WILL cloud the gloss on the pipe if you aren't quick about it.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 7:57AM
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