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How to remove labels from glass?

Discussion in 'Glass' started by Frederick McGuire, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Frederick McGuire

    Frederick McGuire Aggressively Loungey

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    Hi everyone,
    I just picked up a cool weedstar double showerhead bubbler, but I'm not a fan of the massive "weedstar" printed across the side of it. (I like the nice clean look of clear glass.)

    Does anyone know of a way to remove that paint stuff?

    I had hoped that ISO would be of some help, but that didn't get me anywhere...
  2. Nycdeisel

    Nycdeisel Well-Known Member

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    Iso is actually best for cleaning when you dont want to remove labels :lol:

    things that will remove labels over time is Simple Green, Grunge Off, and i think CLR and probably a few other harsh chemicals but wait for a couple other suggestions maybe theres something easier to work with.

    i know grunge off will take labels off for sure because its happened to me with downstems.


    my advice: if you dont want weedstar logo dont buy weedstar glass ;)
  3. vtac

    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    I've read that soaking in a strong oxyclean solution can cause some labels to fade.

    Acetone perhaps?

    I suppose it would help to determine exactly what type of label it is first. :hmm:
  4. Pappy

    Pappy shmaporist

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    Don't think it's achievable without leaving tube looking the worse for wear but willing to be proven wrong. :2c:
  5. StickyShisha

    StickyShisha Well-Known Member

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    you wouldn't be able to remove the "labels" from my glass artists work.
    He chem etches the glass, then paints on the glaze label, then flame polishes it.
  6. Bouldorado

    Bouldorado Well-Known Member

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    denatured alcohol/paint thinner/acetone + razor blade. try one of those solvents along w/ scraping it w/ a razor, and if it's just a decal, it should come right off. if that doesn't work, you'll just have to live with it.
  7. wizzoh

    wizzoh Charlie

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    If you can get your hands on some Type Wash, I'd imagine that would work as well. It's mostly toluene, and can dissolve practically anything, but comes with some risks (It's caustic, toxic, volatile, flammable, explosive, and just generally nasty). You can find it at printing supply stores, I don't know if it can be shipped from someplace online. It's masterful at dealing with stuff that just refuses to dissolve otherwise, like the rubber based inks it's made to deal with.
  8. Frederick McGuire

    Frederick McGuire Aggressively Loungey

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys,
    I'm gonna go down to my local hardware store this weekend and see if I can find something.
  9. OhTheAgony

    OhTheAgony here for the chicks

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    Could you post some before & after photo's with your results please? I'm kinda curious about this myself.
  10. Hippie Dickie

    Hippie Dickie The Herbal Cube Manufacturer

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    i received some tubes with silkscreened paint/ink logo on them -- the factory said to use muriatic acid (dilute hydrochloric acid) -- didn't really do much. razor blade works, but cleaning 1000 tubes is too much work for me. (So now there's another line on the procurement spec for borosilicate tubes.)

    is that what you've got? a silkscreened ink logo? did you get rid of it?
  11. Takavor23

    Takavor23 Lev of Leviathan Glass Blower

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    If its not sandblasted try useing Orange Chronic, it'll eat away a bit of the label over time
  12. ilovebOObs

    ilovebOObs can i stick my male joint in there?

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    any update on this? thinking about removing my syn label
  13. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    I've been trying to remove an ugly Chinese glass off-center "Got Glass" logo off mine. Its silkscreened on. Been using Acetone and a razor blade, with minimal success. Plus, its leaving behind something similar to an etched-like residue.
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  14. ilovebOObs

    ilovebOObs can i stick my male joint in there?

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    ok i just tried taking a razor to it. i think i can take off my label this way. fingers crossed.
    edit: every thing turned out great. :D

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  15. WatTyler

    WatTyler Revolting Peasant

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    boobius lol, looks great. how?
  16. J.R.R.Tokin'

    J.R.R.Tokin' Wych Doctor Manufacturer

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    I recon a wee bit of Photoshop would do the trick!
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  17. OhTheAgony

    OhTheAgony here for the chicks

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    Haha, nice job boobs :tup:
  18. ilovebOObs

    ilovebOObs can i stick my male joint in there?

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    I made a vinyl cut out of the letters. Benefits of my work place.
  19. JAM

    JAM Member

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    agreed
  20. OhTheAgony

    OhTheAgony here for the chicks

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    Does anyone know what kind of labels Vertigo uses for there medium bubblers?

    I think these are perfect in terms of size and shape, but that label is just to big for my lickings. From what I gather from the Cloud thread they come off easily, but I'm not sure if the labels they use on these bubs are of the same kind. Anyone?

    Example pic of the model I'm referring too:

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  21. VapeXhaleCloudIsLEGENDARY

    VapeXhaleCloudIsLEGENDARY Active Member

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    Haha wow nice! I've been thinking about removing the HiSi logo off of my tube for the longest time. Just may have to give it a try sometime soon!
  22. beEasy

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    Simple Green definitely takes labels off pretty easily.. I learned this the hard way. After cleaning my bong in Simple Green, I accidentally got some on the label and now it's starting to chip off. [​IMG]
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  23. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    I use this stuff when all other chemicals fail:

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    Please note: I use this chemical as a last option. It should not be taken lightly or used by fools. :2c:
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  24. ThirdGunman

    ThirdGunman Well-Known Member

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    I can back up Nycdeisel and BeEasy about simple green. You can get it at the hardware store. It has removed thick labels off of down stems I have. Usually a soak and then a scrub with just a towel will begin the removal process. Make sure you soak in a somewhat ventilated area though.
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  25. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    Well, I just soaked an ugly ass logo over night with Acetone. Didn't make any noticeable difference.

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