Removing Paint From Bottles

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Hello, All...

I was recently given a rather large number of 22 oz bottles that
mostly appear to be from the Stone Brewing Co.

The question is, they all have painted on labeling.

What would be a good way to remove that paint?  I have tried "Paint
Remover" from Home Depot as well as mineral spirits with almost no
luck at all.

The fellow at Home Depot said, when I took a bottle in, that it looked
like a "special" paint that would require a "special" solvent.

Any ideas? Acetone, maybe?

Thanks!




Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
I'd give acetone a try, nothing to lose but $4 or so.  Get the full-strength
stuff from the paint aisle.  Even if it doesn't work, it's useful to have
around the house.

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Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
On Sat, 02 Oct 2004 03:36:22 GMT, "George Schmidt"

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That's true... I guess the wife could use it as industrial strength
finger nail polish remover!

You say, "Full-strength stuff"... Does it come in different strengths?



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Marty Albert
KC6UFM

Democracy is 2 wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
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Liberty is 2 wolves deciding to have sheep for dinner and finding a well
informed and well armed sheep.

Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
Well, there must be different strengths of acetone.  The kind that's in nail
polish remover takes about 5 minutes to soften the finish on a dining room
table (I have 4 daughters)  On the other hand, the stuff in the paint aisle
will degloss plastic instantly and will eventually melt it after 2 or 3
minutes.

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Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
On Fri, 01 Oct 2004 21:52:51 +0000, Marty Albert wrote:

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Do you actually *need* to remove the paint? When I bottle I leave labels
on unless they come off when I clean the bottles and I mark the crown caps
with a code using a CDR marker pen. I don't do competitions except the UK
National Homebrew Festival and for that I use bottles like Timothy Taylor
Landlord or Marstons Pedigree which I know the labels soak off really
easily. When I give beer to friends I remind them to ignore the label and
point out the cap is marked so they won't get the bottle confused with any
other bottles with the same label they may have at home (unlikely as a lot
of the bottles I use are from harder to find beers you can only buy from
specialist beer shops). They don't care so long as there is my beer in the
bottle anyway. There are times when it is nice to label a special batch
yourself and in that case I either use Landlord bottles or similar where
the label will soak off or I make a new label which covers the entire old
label but I rarely do labels and even then I probably wouldn't label the
entire batch so this isn't such a bind as it sounds.

--
Andy Davison
andy@oiyou.force9.co.uk

Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
On Sat, 02 Oct 2004 10:42:04 +0100, Andy Davison

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There you have hit the rub, Andy...  I really don't *need* to remove
the labels, I just want to. I do tend to make my own labels (very
simple ones, I am NO artist!) and I want the finished product to look
nice and clean.



From The Desk Of
Marty Albert
KC6UFM

Democracy is 2 wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
---
Liberty is 2 wolves deciding to have sheep for dinner and finding a well
informed and well armed sheep.

Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
Marty Albert wrote:
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Have you tried lye?

Bob

Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
Acetone will work, but you gotta be careful. DO it outside, It will also
dissolve rubber gloves, tooth brushes(makes a neat label glaze with tooth
brushes).  It is also very flammable,  but it will work.
Marty Albert wrote:
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Have you tried lye?

Bob



Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
A good, old boar bristle or cane brush and some 'solvent' gloves will do it
for you.

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Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
If it were me I'd chuck the bottles and get non painted ones.


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Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
Leave it on. Otherwise I will take them off your hands.


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Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
Just to follow up...

This weekend I got some acetone and lacquer thinner.

The acetone had no more effect than water.

The lacquer thinner, on the other hand, made the paint melt away in a
matter of 5 minutes!

A quick run through the dishwasher to get the residue off, and I now
have 250 bottles ready for use!

Thanks to all who offered suggestions!





From The Desk Of
Marty Albert
KC6UFM

Democracy is 2 wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
---
Liberty is 2 wolves deciding to have sheep for dinner and finding a well
informed and well armed sheep.

Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
Marty Albert wrote:
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What is the active ingredient in that lacquer thinner?
Karl S.
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And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.
Matthew 20:27 KJV

Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
If I might offer a much too late suggestion, I took paint off bottles
(I think they were from Corona, but don't remember at this point)
using steel wool pads. Scrapes off the paint, but didn't seem to hurt
the glass any.

If I do it again, I'll go with lacquer thinner.

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Hi,

I'm Norbert, from Belgium, Europe. Sorry for my bad English. My
mother-tongue is Dutch.
I believe I have a solution although I never used it myself before.
Give a first chance to any laquer thinner first. If this works then
you're half-way because there will always be a remnant of the painting
in the glass since the paint and the glass were baked in the oven
together. This means the structure of the glass was changed where the
paint made contact with the glass and there will always remain a
reflection of the text or image after the removal of the paint. To
remove this reflection you may use sandpaper but this will make your
bottles all frosted. To make the glass shining again you may use
sandpaper which is finer than the one you used first. For instance:
you could start with P200, then proceed with P400, then go on with
P800 and at last end by using P1200. After P1200 you'll need to
repolish the surface of the glass with polishing powder, like cerium
oxyde or iron oxyde. This can be done dry (with paper) or by the
powder being mixed with a bit of water (make it a thick paste
together) and a patch of pitch or a piece of wood. It's a special
technique and you better ask any glassmaker how to do it. I can
explain it to you by e-mail if you want. I did it before, many years
ago when I made glass reflectors for Newton telescopes. It's a little
complicated but I'm sure you'll have perfect bottles at the end
without any text nor symbol.

Yours,

Norbert
www.strandkruier.tk

 

Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
I believe that soaking bottles in my last batch of Belgian Ale brewed
with Wyeast 1214 will remove any paint.

Roger

Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
Try a heat gun, but be careful. They work WONDERS!


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Re: Removing Paint From Bottles
opps. I just read you got the paint off already.....

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