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Old 09-27-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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Default Red Stripe Bottle Label Removal

I've been collecting Red Stripe bottles to bottle with because I think they look good. Today, I started soaking them in StarSan because I read here that it would remove the paint. That is true for most of them. There are a few that still look pristine after hours of soaking and occasional scrubbing with steel wool. The other bottles, the paint was all smeary after soaking and came right off with steel wool. Any suggestions on removing the paint from the holdouts?

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Old 09-27-2009, 02:40 PM   #2
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Try a soaking in full strength vinegar. We used that to stip the 20 yr paint off of some hinges we wanted to re-use.

NOTE: DO NOT POUR THE VINEGAR ON YOUR GRASS!! It will die and be dead for a long, long, time.

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Old 09-27-2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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I don't know about the baked-on paint for those bottles, but mineral spirits will remove just about anything. Nail polish remover might do it, too.

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I had RS 12 bottles...6 of them were stored under my sink for about 4 years...and six more I got from my nextdoor neighbor...

Well six of them came clean in the regular strength concentration of starsan water after 2 weeks...

The other six are still just as solid after soaking in the double strength solution

I wish I had thought to mark which stripe bottles were which, to know if it was the older bottles that came clean or not...methinks maybe redstripe changed the chemistry of their paint at some point.

I wonder if different bottling plants have different paint, or what, but it seems to be that you are having the same issue as I did.

I don't think vinegar would work, it's really a weaker acid than starsan....

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What are you using for a capper? I saved RS bottles and did one batch with my wing style and it was a bit akward to do. A lot harder than standard bottles due to that stubby neck. Not impossible, just harder. I ended up turning mine in for the redemption and stick to longnecks now.


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What are you using for a capper? I saved RS bottles and did one batch with my wing style and it was a bit akward to do. A lot harder than standard bottles due to that stubby neck. Not impossible, just harder. I ended up turning mine in for the redemption and stick to longnecks now.
I never had problems with my wing capper and Red Stripe bottles. I just pressed a little harder, but they capped fine, I did my belgian strong in a bunch of them, both with and wothout the print on them.
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Any advice on how to apply the mineral spirits? It seems like a bad idea to let it get inside the bottles.

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Any advice on how to apply the mineral spirits? It seems like a bad idea to let it get inside the bottles.

Just rub it on with a rag or paper towels.
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Any advice on how to apply the mineral spirits? It seems like a bad idea to let it get inside the bottles.
A rag would give you the best control.
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Mineral spirits are a natural laxative. Won't kill you to get some in your beer, but you may have to call that batch a Colon Cleansing Brew

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