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    rockstar
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    The base of Super Slab and the ledge at the start of Slash n Burn have been vandalised with nasty yellow paint. Does anyone know the best way to clean paint of rock?

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    David Wyndham
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    I know of a couple of good ways to remove paint, but they aren’t much fun. Pretty much involve quite toxic chemicals.

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    ed nepia
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    wire brushing will scar the rock worse then the paint probably, sand blasting isnt practical and makes a mess, water blasting creates a huge mess and might not move the paint… using paint strippers etc. would probably clean off the paint but kill any vegetation it touches

    a heat gun might work? but ive never used one on rock covered in paint, it can work a treat on old painted wood

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    Phillip
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    Has anyone reported this to DEC? What does the grafitti say?

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    rockstar
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    the graffiti is the usual mindless rubbish, I haven’t reported it to DEC

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    Phillip
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    I was thinking – it might be better if someone did report it and that we (ie climbers) not have a go at cleaning it ourselves. If there are any problems, then DEC might blame us.

    Unless anyone has any good reasons for me not to, I’ll phone up DEC tomorrow and report it.

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    Richard
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    In the past we’ve tried to minimise DEC’s involvement at Churchman’s. At least we don’t have booking there yet. Best clean it up outselves. Acetone works well, and probably turps.

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    David Wyndham
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    Acetone isn’t really that good. Sure it is an agressive solvent, but it flashes of so quickly that it doesn’t get time to work unless you want to sit there rubbing for ages.

    N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone I think is the active ingredient I used a few years back, it’s really quite effective, but doesn’t smell that nice.

    Ameron Coatings (now owned by PPG) has a product called Amerase which is formulated to smell bearable. It’s possibly distributed through AMCAP in Welshpool

    ppgamercoatau.ppgpmc.com/docs/products/Amerase.pdf

    The other option is Methlylene Chloride which is found in industrial paint strippers, but that is carcinogenic so I would avoid it if possible

    If you want more info let me know, I used to work for PPG.

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