Rubbing Alcohol/Acetone and the Droid's Plastic Parts?


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  1. DGalt

    DGalt Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    More specifically, the rubber/plastic edge that runs around the keyboard the the edge of the keyboard itself (the piece without the letters).

    I got a tiny bit of super glue on that rubber/plastic (I'm sure it's plastic but it feels kind of rubbery) edge. I'm debating about trying to remove it (it's almost unnoticeable, except to me, meaning I'll notice it constantly :p).

    I know acetone will remove super glue. I've heard that rubbing alcohol can too, which is why I would try it first (it's less caustic than acetone, less chance of damaging the plastic). Is this a bad idea? Also, if rubbing alcohol works, would the alcohol that's on alcohol wipes (like the screen cleaner wipes) work as well? They're both isopropyl so I don't see why it wouldn't (the concentrations may be different, that's the only thing I can think of).

    Never applied either of these two things to plastic so I'm not sure what will happen...hence why I'm posting this :D

    Thanks!
     

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  2. TheBandit181

    TheBandit181 Active Member

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    Rubbing alcohol I would think would probably be ok. I wouldn't use acetone, I have seen acetone eat plastics.
     
  3. barry99705

    barry99705 Well-Known Member

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    Yea, stay away from the nail polish remover. Have you tried scraping it off with the edge of a credit card?
     
  4. eNons3nse

    eNons3nse Well-Known Member

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    i wouldn't do it
     
  5. Telexen

    Telexen Well-Known Member

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    Don't EVER use Acetone on plastic.

    Alcohol probably won't hurt it, especially at diluted mixtures...

    Superglue is usually dissolved by warm water.
     
  6. barry99705

    barry99705 Well-Known Member

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    I've got some 99.8% isopropyl alcohol wipes used for cleaning off dried thermal compound. They've never hurt any of the plastics I've used them on.


    @OP

    I'd pull the battery before trying any of the liquid suggestions, just in case a little makes it inside.
     
  7. FireChief

    FireChief Well-Known Member

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    For your purposes,

    Alcohol OK

    Acetone NOT OK..


    Signed,
    Hazardous Materials Technician,
    FC
    :)
     

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