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Old 04-07-2013, 02:01 AM   #11
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You could also use a straight razor. You could pick up the little tool from the hardware store that holds the razor for scraping paint off glass. Soak the bottles, and the labels should come right off.


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Old 04-07-2013, 02:48 AM   #12
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Sanding glass will leave scratches in the glass. A scratch is a weak point in the glass. Will they blow up? I don't know.
I have found Naptha/ Lighter fluid/ Coleman fuel to be very effective in removing non water soluble label glues.


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Old 04-07-2013, 02:53 AM   #13
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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.
This is exactly how I do it as well. EZPZ.

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Old 04-07-2013, 03:06 AM   #14
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So, StarSan works for removing the screen-printed labels?!! Holy crap! I never thought of using that! I've been just tossing those bottles! Great little find here!

To the OP, PBW works wonders on just about any label...even the vinyl/plastic labels with non-water soluable adhesive. I'll soak overnight, peel the label off, then soak for another day and then get a stiff bristled brush and go to town on the bottle. Southern Tier bottles are pretty tough though...
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:12 AM   #15
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I've etched a lot of bottles with glass etching cream and never had a problem.

I don't know what sanding would to to them.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:20 AM   #16
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I've etched a lot of bottles with glass etching cream and never had a problem.

I don't know what sanding would to to them.
I think what others are getting about when talking about sanding glass is that by sanding, you are creating bunches of tiny scores in the glass. When you "cut" glass, it's done by scoring the glass. So, the concern with sanding would be the scores created.

Etching glass bottles, to my knowledge, does not actually score the glass. It simply "eats away" at a very thin layer of glass giving the appearance of frosted glass. Two very different processes.

I may be wrong, if so, please by all means correct me!
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So, StarSan works for removing the screen-printed labels?!! Holy crap! I never thought of using that! I've been just tossing those bottles! Great little find here!
it works very well
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/anot...starsan-32159/
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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.
PM me your address and I will send you a couple bottles no charge. If you can remove the labels with oxyclean and patience, or a long soak in star san. I will send you a KBS http://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/...submitted=true.. if not send me a Pliny, Deal?
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PM me your address and I will send you a couple bottles no charge. If you can remove the labels with oxyclean and patience, or a long soak in star san. I will send you a KBS http://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/...submitted=true.. if not send me a Pliny, Deal?
Yes, there are definitely plasticized labels (I don't know if that's really what they are, but it seems descriptive) that will not come off no matter how long you soak in oxyclean/pbw. Two Brothers labels come to mind . . .
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Any oxidizing cleaner and a little time will take care of it, save the elbow grease for where it is needed. Y'all got to learn time management techniques.


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