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Old 13th June 2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default What's a good way to clean tubes w/o taking off the labeling?

Cleaning fingerprints (and other dirt) using Windex will undoubtedly take off the lettering of some of our precious tubes. (I found out the hard way) What do you guys use? I know I should use a glove when handling, but sometimes I forget or it's inconvenient. Any ideas?
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I've had a lot of tubes where rubbing of any sort will remove the white lettering. I don't worry so much about it, but just try to make sure I know what the tube is!
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If they are really filthy from sitting in a shed for 50 years I just use warm water, maybe with a bit of soap. Sometimes the printing comes off, but I've not found a way around that.

If they are not so dirty I don't worry about it.
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A cotton swab can at least clean the parts that arent lettered.
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A cotton swab can at least clean the parts that arent lettered.
That's what I do too, usually with 90% rubbing alcohol. (Or methylated spirits in the UK IIRC..)
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I've long wondered why the 'consumer' numbers are printed using such an ephemeral process, especially as house numbers are often robustly engraved on the same tubes.
Does anyone know?
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Funny this comes up as I just pulled a box down of 12xx's containing real telefunkens, Amperexs, and some gold Aero's.
I had wrapped them in 1/4 foam that rotted over them. just grreeaatt

Whats left is a sticky goo all over them.

I used hot water with the spray wand and some 409 cleaner.
I got most of it off with a light cloth to finish up. Saved about 90% of the lettering

Hope this works for you

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'fraid there isn't really much of a way to do it, other than
just (carefully) cleaning all the areas around the writing...
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Old 15th June 2008, 11:12 PM   #10
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I use fine steel wool to clean glass...I make sure to avoid the letters...

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