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    epoxy bedding clean up question.

    I recently installed pillars and bedded a McMillan drop in stock with devcon 10110. I used isopropyl alcohol on a q-tip to clean the epoxy around the receiver and it took the paint off the stock. what should I have used that would not have ruined the factory paint job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philipbrousseau View Post
    I recently installed pillars and bedded a McMillan drop in stock with devcon 10110. I used isopropyl alcohol on a q-tip to clean the epoxy around the receiver and it took the paint off the stock. what should I have used that would not have ruined the factory paint job.

    Odorless mineral spirits, available at most home improvement centers that sell paint and other supplies.

    Works well for me.

    Gene Beggs

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    Masking off the stock around the action inletting pretty much keeps the bedding off of the stock. I remove the overflow with a popsicle stick cut square, and then clean up what's left with a shop towel soaked with WD-40.

    This works for me.

    Justin

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    Alcohol shouldn’t remove factory coatings. Might look into that. You did exactly what I have done for years. Lots of qtips with rubbing alcohol

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    Brownell's has always recommended white vinegar for epoxy cleanup. Last I knew McMillan used Sherwin Williams Polane to paint their stocks and vinegar didn't affect it.

    That said, I use GOOD automotive grade masking tape everywhere and the added benefit is that cleanup leaves the epoxy a little proud, easy to plane/file down to flush.

    I have 6-8 new ones down in the shop, I'll try go down tomorrow and dab some vinegar, some acetone and some methyl ethyl ketone in some barrel channels.

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    thank you all for your replies.

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    Mineral spirits or campfire fuel, here. -Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene Beggs View Post
    Odorless mineral spirits, available at most home improvement centers that sell paint and other supplies.

    Works well for me.

    Gene Beggs
    A lot of the 'Mineral spirits' have acetone added now.

    It used to be mostly 'Stoddard Solvent' a light wight distillation product.

    Acetone is not a VOC and the EPA has been clamping down on VOCs for a long while now
    thus the move to acetone.

    Any finish that isopropyl removes must have been rather 'delicate.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by brickeyee View Post
    A lot of the 'Mineral spirits' have acetone added now.
    This is news to me. What is your source?

    RWO

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    Quote Originally Posted by RWO View Post
    This is news to me. What is your source?

    RWO
    MSDS sheets for a number of brands of 'Mineral Spirits.'

    The EPA also has some info available but it takes some digging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brickeyee View Post
    MSDS sheets for a number of brands of 'Mineral Spirits.'

    The EPA also has some info available but it takes some digging.
    Very strange. I looked at MSDS for 5 different common brands of mineral spirits on line and none contained acetone. How about a URL?

    RWO

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