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Old 02-20-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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Has anyone been successful in removing the paint from red strip bottles? I like the shape of them and would like to fill some with homebrew but the paint won't even scratch off. I've tried soaking the outside of one in paint thinner - did nothing. As of yesterday afternoon I've had one soaking in muriatic acid. It's actually melting the steel soup can that it's in but doing nothing to the painted red stripe logo. Any more suggestions??

 
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:27 PM   #2
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Someone in another thread mentioned using a non diluted solution of CLR if i'm not mistaken.
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:39 PM   #3
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be carefull with those things, atleast when i went to jamaica i busted a few of those opening them.
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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I'll try the CLR next time. I'm surprised the acid isn't doing anything but melting through a steel soup can. I've got the whole experiment in the bottom of an empty plastic bucket in the garage so even if it does melt completely it should stay contained in the plastic.

 
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:58 PM   #5
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There has been some threads out here that state undiluted CLR works. I was unaware of the "undiluted" part and mine ended up being about 2/3 CLR and 1/3 water. The white paint came off with a little steel wool scrubbing, but the red didn't come off for me, likely because of the water.

I've also read about undiluted StarSan but I haven't tried that myself

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:25 AM   #6
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I've had good luck using a star-san solution in double the reccomended concentration. I let the bottles soak for 3-5 days, and 90% of the time the paint will just wipe off. Every so often it doesn't work. Sometimes the red paint takes a light scrubbing with a green 3M pad. This has worked for me with many brands, including red stripe.

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:37 PM   #7
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If you can get your hands on some Full Sail Session Lagers, they have a similar shape with paper labels.

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:40 PM   #8
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I believe Session bottles are screw off though...
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:59 PM   #9
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Aircraft stripper on a rag?
Nasty stuff, but it'll take anything off a piece of metal. It should work equally well on glass.
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:11 PM   #10
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Sandblast with baking soda as media.
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