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    Please can someone tell me how to remove the sticky black yuck that was formerly a diaphragm in an old DS sphere.
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    The only thing I found that worked was to scrape and wire brush it out. Couldn’t find anything that would dissolve the rubber

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    Put some caustic soda in a plastic bucket with water and chuck it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilberthenry View Post
    Put some caustic soda in a plastic bucket with water and chuck it in.

    John
    And wearing my 'nanny state' hat, cold water in bucket first, then add the caustic soda.
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    paint remover (the nasty methylene chloride stuff) will do the trick.
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    Thanks all, I will try the Paint Stripper first as I already have some. (although it may have gone off! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by badabec View Post
    And wearing my 'nanny state' hat, cold water in bucket first, then add the caustic soda.
    I agree that one needs to be careful and goggles don't hurt.

    I have been in the antique business for over 40 years and have always had a plastic container of caustic solution. Strips paint within 1-2 days and so on. NOT aluminium as it eats it away or rubber or bakelite.

    I also have a container of molasses with water to strip rust but be careful to monitor it day 1, day 2 etc.

    If I was broke after going overseas in the early '70's I would get back on my feet by stripping kitchen dressers etc. To do this I would mix cornflour with water and then mix this into a strong caustic solution - - like making custard. This would thicken the caustic so it could be painted on with a nylon brush. With these methods within 6 months I'd be buying cars and having fun.
    How kids make a quid these days I don't know. All the lurks and perks that we had don't seem to be around any more.

    Have fun, John

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