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PLEXIGLAS® SHEET: REMOVING DRIED MASKING PAPER
It may be difficult to remove dried masking paper from Plexiglas® sheet that has been exposed outdoors or has been stored for long periods of time, particularly under conditions of heat or high humidity. When the sheet is to be thermoformed and the masking paper is only moderately tight, flash heating the sheet for 60 seconds at 360ºF will loosen the paper enough for easy stripping in most cases. In more stubborn cases, we recommend a solution called "Cyclone" sold by Duron Company, Philadelphia, PA. In order to remove "baked on" masking paper from Plexiglas, we suggest using "Cyclone" full strength. However, "Cyclone" can be diluted by adding water (25% water - 75% Cyclone) for less extreme cases.
Thoroughly soak the masking paper with the solution and allow 10 minutes for it to penetrate the masking paper adhesive or until the masking paper adhesive softens and can be peeled away. For more difficult masking removal make a scraper using Plexiglas only. Using Plexiglas as a scraper will do little harm to the surface being scraped. However, make sure that all surfaces being scraped are kept dirt-free. Small areas of adhesive residue are removed by using isopropyl alcohol and "Cyclone" mixed on a soft cloth. Then wash with water.
"Cyclone" is a highly concentrated degreasing and cleaning agent. In addition to the supplier's instructions, use impermeable gloves, avoid skin contact and use adequate ventilation.
"Cyclone" should be available through any Duron store. It is a non-combustible solution and should be used whenever possible where masking paper removal is a problem. Only use the solutions that are listed below as a last resort if "Cyclone" is not available.
Because of crazing, toxicity, flammability, etc., we recommend extreme caution when using the above solvents. Obtain safety and use information from the suppliers. Follow instructions carefully.
- Kerosene - Ultrasene (Highly Refined Only)
- Turpentine - Steam Distilled Only
- Hexane - use only "iso-hexanes" which contain minimal amounts of "normal" isomer.
Source of Supply for "Cyclone"
5000 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
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