Funny this as I wanted to bleed my brakes for the first time yesterday and needed some abs I tried the local chemists and that was a no and rang around other chemists and no luck there. But luckily my friend who was helping/showing me had some already. So dropped in lucky. But I will visit the bay to buy some for my future diy attempts at bleeding.
Might make a good substitute for vodka too 😆Posted 4 years agoste_tMember
Every time I service something the manual or videos say Isopropyl Alcohol on this and that. I never have any so skip it, but thinking it would actually be handy. But where do you actually get the stuff in the UK, from a high street shop that is. Need to finish my fork service by tomorrow.
Saw some mention of Maplins. A search there brings up tape head cleaner, which yeah I remember contains the stuff.
Says ‘contains’ though. Would it be pure or have other stuff in. Just concerned about anything that can rot seals.
I’ve got some lens cleaning stuff for the camera and it just mentions it contains alcohol but might have other stuff in it.Posted 4 years agomrelectricSubscriber
Tape head cleaner IPA wil be pure as any residue is bad; as it wld be for forks or brakes. Meths does have a residue; coularant and nasty taste additives, but probably ok for bike work.
I stil have some trike but its been banned for a while…
When I was a student in Newcastle I tried to buy some IPA from Boots to clean the heads on my tape recorder (yes it was some years ago). The chemist refused because he thought I my drink it or distill . In the town (sorry: Toon) where you could buy a drink when you were 11!Posted 4 years agopipnet1Member
When I was a student in Newcastle I tried to buy some IPA from Boots to clean the…
Tip if you’re a student, go and ask the Uni/College chemistry technician. Once I said what it was for he just said ‘Oh, how much do you want, we’ve got tons!’ I got 4 litres! Not sure how legal it was for him to give me that much, but I didn’t care.
They had a big water still too, which was very useful when I was mucking about with annodising.Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
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we have it in 5ltr containers at work, have to be careful not to use xylene instead though as it melts plastic and rubber, oh and is just a tinsy bit carcinogenic
I’ve never seen a UK Msds that declares a risk of carcinogenic effects of xylene. Are you using a really low grade contaminated with toluene?
We consider xylene to be a relatively safe solvent – we use it to clean with.
IPA isn’t particularly dangerous and is used in abundance in labs so apart from theft it probably wasn’t that bad to give you some.Posted 4 years agohughjenginMember
I asked a similar question a couple of years ago I remember, and someone pointed me towards Halfords own Electrical contact cleaner. Which I was led to understand was very similar if not Isopropyl Alcohol, either way I have been using it ever since and it seems to do exactly what the purpose of IA is always touted as, i.e, mild degreasing, removing adhesive and other residues etc, without doing any damage to surfaces and without and sort of solvent properties. So I am happy to crack on with that stuffPosted 4 years agobrakesMember
I bought the Servisol electronic solvent cleaner from Maplin instead of the expensive large can of IPA.
The staff didn’t know if anything else was added so I looked up the on the Servisol website which has the ingredients and it didn’t seem to have anything but IPA. I think it might just be watered down a bit compared to IPA.
not used it yet…Posted 4 years ago
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