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Old 04-06-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Is it bad to sand bottles? If sanded too much I could see bottle bombs happening easier (thinner glass), but is a light sand safe? Plastic labels didn't come completely off old bottles & was gonna sand them down a bit and try another starsan soak to break em all the way down.



 
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:17 AM   #2
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Are you using StarSan to remove labels?


I don't think it has the power to loosen the glue. Have you tried PBW cleaner or OxyClean? I have soaked off a ton of labels using hot water and OxyClean. Don't sand the bottles. I am not sure how much it will weaken the bottles but I wouldn't trust it to hold the pressure of carbonation.

Pick up some OxyClean!


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Old 04-07-2013, 12:28 AM   #3
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Unless someone has definitive proof otherwise, I think sanding bottles is probably fine. Even more so if you do it lightly like you said.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:41 AM   #4
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I think lightly sanding the labels off would be fine. However once you get some oxyclean you will always use it for clesninv because it makes life easier

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:42 AM   #5
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For those hard-to-remove labels, I used a wire brush.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:43 AM   #6
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A pbw soak and they will slide right off.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:53 AM   #7
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Is it bad to sand bottles? If sanded too much I could see bottle bombs happening easier (thinner glass), but is a light sand safe? Plastic labels didn't come completely off old bottles & was gonna sand them down a bit and try another starsan soak to break em all the way down.
just soak the bottles it hot water and peal the plastic label off. they are the easiest to remove.

then oxyclean or whatever for the glue residue


starsan won't remove labels, but it will remove some paint. Soak and let dry, the paint starts flaking off after it dries. soak dry repeat.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:07 AM   #8
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Are you like sanding the entire bottle? I think that would look cool.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:11 AM   #9
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I have yet to find a label I cannot remove with some hot oxyclean and patience. I suppose the exception would be the painted-on labels from e.g. Stone, which are removed with a nice long soak in star san.

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Old 04-07-2013, 01:40 AM   #10
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I use a metal brush and it works very well after a good soaking.


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