Steel Angle - Manufacturing film


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Old 08-10-18, 05:37 PM
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Steel Angle - Manufacturing film

I bought some angle steel from Lowe's and it is covered with a silver-grey film that gets on everything it touches. How is the best way to clean this; soap & water, mineral spirits, etc? I am going to paint this and need a clean surface.
 
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Old 08-10-18, 07:54 PM
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Usually the metal (iron) products you get from the home improvement stores are covered with a light coating of oil to keep them from rusting. Any degreaser should work. Mineral spirits are ok.
 
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I normally wipe them down with whatever thinner I have handy prior to coating them with an oil based primer.
 
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Just keep cleaning until you rags come away clean. Stronger solvents like MEK and laquer thinner work faster but anything that cuts oil and grease will work.
 
 

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