I'm not an expert when it comes to antennas or modeling but I've learned
alot about who to believe and who not to believe on this reflector --
because I am a degreed chemist and some of the would-be "experts" who have
attempted to provide information on solvents -- I'm sure with good intent
-- leave a lot to be desired when it comes to scientific truth.
Any chemical can be dangerous if not treated properly or handled properly.
Conversely, any chemical can be handled properly so statements like "don't
ever use benzene under ANY conditions" are not really credible. Benzene is
one of the components in what we commonly know as gasoline. No, the vapors
are not good to breath. The EPA claims it is a carcinogen...and I wouldn't
soak my hands in it...but I can certainly remember using it in chemistry
lab...and I'm still here to talk about it. It is a very useful solvent for
some things as well as a chemical building block for industry.
The point is to protect yourself properly. Use solvents in areas with
proper ventilation and try not to get them on you. By the way.... 1, 1,
1 trichloroethane is an excellent degreaser and could very well be W9RE's
answer to his original question.
Trichloroethylene is also an excellent degreaser and is commonly used as
Both of these solvents were in a class that USED to be called "safety
solvent" because of their low flammability.
Either one of them can be used safely but reasonable care should be taken
not to breathe the vapors or expose the chemical to the skin. Will it hurt
you if you get a small amount on you ... not likely. More than just
incidental exposure will remove the natural oils from your skin and could
result in a rash. More than just incidental exposure should be avoided.
Now can we get back to tower-talk subjects... 73 de Greg-N4CC
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