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I just got a used Leupold matte scope which has what appears to be super glue residue on the tube.  Acetone is the indicated solvent for super glue.  I don't want to risk damaging the finish, though.  Has anyone used acetone as a scope tube cleaner with satisfactory results?
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  I've used it (fingernail polish remover) on gloss scopes to remove tape residue and even paint off one I painted but I don't know about matte finishes. 
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The scope tube is anodized, so acetone will not hurt the tube finish at all.  DO NOT get it on the lenses or any rubber or plastic parts, though.
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Thanks.  I'll take it real SLOW.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

The scope tube is anodized, so acetone will not hurt the tube finish at all.  DO NOT get it on the lenses or any rubber or plastic parts, though.
 
You  mean I should STOP using acetone to clean the lenses on my scopes???
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MEK works faster at removing most anything that has had a solvent base.Big GrinBig GrinBig Grin
NOT Recommended for scopes!!! or wood finishes    Big Grin
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Why not play it safe and ask Leupold

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Acetone is extremely volitile and almost explosive and it is my opinion that it is also very toxic both upon skin exposure and inhalation. The reason I say this is that 4 of the people who I worked with that heavily used acetone developed Hodgkin's disease. I would find something else. Generally, as a benign solvent I like to use 91 percent isopropyl alchohol (the same stuff they swab on your skin prior to a flu shot). This stuff cuts thru many soft adhesives reasonably well. Hair spray might also work. 
 
All of my contacts with the folks at Leupold have been helpful.
 
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Personally, I use the Zeiss Spray Cleaner that I get from Chris here at SWFA, but apparently the guys at US Optics use Acetone for cleaning lenses.


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Burris tech rep told me several years back that they use acetone to clean all scope lenses before they leave the factory.  So that's what I've been using ever since.
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I always play it safe with lens coatings.  Acetone may be o.k. for certain coatings, but since I've never needed to use anything other than lens cleaning solution specifically designed for optics to get lenses clean as new, I don't see a compelling reason to take a chance in possibly damaging the coatings.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

I always play it safe with lens coatings.  Acetone may be o.k. for certain coatings, but since I've never needed to use anything other than lens cleaning solution specifically designed for optics to get lenses clean as new, I don't see a compelling reason to take a chance in possibly damaging the coatings.
 
That's exactly the way I feel too. Zeiss spray and their lense cleaning wipes are all I've ever needed.
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Me too, especially since you can now get the Zeiss lens wipes at places like WalMart.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Me too, especially since you can now get the Zeiss lens wipes at places like WalMart.
 
Exactly Ted! Thats what I've been using.
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For removing that glue, a little acetone is probably fine. As far as lenses are concerned, I just found acetone disappointing...still left streaks. The Zeiss cleaner has worked the best for me.
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Lens (coated glass) vs tubes (anodized, coated or even painted aluminum)- entirely different.
 
Zeiss lens cleaner sounds like the way to go.
 
Constant exposure to acetone on your job sounds like oncoming health crisis. I don't care how well acetone would work as a solvent on anodized aluminum tubes or coated lenses. How well acetone would do on older magesium flouride lens coatings might be a problem. Acetone will quickly damage stock finishes and painted rifle parts. 
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I totally agree. 

Acetone will not harm an anodized aluminum scope tube finish, I can say that for certain.  Type II or III hard anodizing used on aluminum alloys is produced by electrochemically forming an oxide layer on the surface that is then dyed and sealed, and acetone will not remove the oxide bond. 

As a lens cleaner, acetone may very well not harm lens coatings either; I don't know and I'm not willing to take the risk on my own gear, none of which was given to me for free.  What I do know for certain is there's a bunch of lens cleaning solutions available that definitely won't harm lens coatings, because cleaning optical lenses is precisely what they were designed to do.  Given that lens cleaning solutions will get even the dirtiest lenses just as spotless as the the day the optic was first removed from its box, and given that the lens cleaning wipes and solutions will also clean scope tubes just fine, why take risks on something else?  Even if an optic company specifically recommended using acetone to clean lenses, I still wouldn't put up with the smell and risk of spilling it and damaging stock finishes when the lens cleaning wipes and chamois lens cloths do such a good job.
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A quick look at the MSDS (material data safety sheet) for acetone describes how bad this stuff is.
 
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Originally posted by Stevey Ducks Stevey Ducks wrote:

Acetone is extremely volitile and almost explosive and it is my opinion that it is also very toxic both upon skin exposure and inhalation. The reason I say this is that 4 of the people who I worked with that heavily used acetone developed Hodgkin's disease. I would find something else. Generally, as a benign solvent I like to use 91 percent isopropyl alchohol (the same stuff they swab on your skin prior to a flu shot). This stuff cuts thru many soft adhesives reasonably well. Hair spray might also work. 
 
All of my contacts with the folks at Leupold have been helpful.
 
Got news for you Stevey....  Acetone is the solvent thats in Hairspray.  Used to use it to remove the ink stamped prices on can goods in the grocery store. 
 
It sure would go a long way toward explaining Female Logic though wouldn't it!  Wink
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citrus solvents work as well as tolulene, mineral spirts as good as acetone and mek (better in some cases) are completely safe  (there is a small amt. in each glass of OJ). these are also at walmart in the auto section for removing the sticky decals auto dealers use.
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Again, I refer to the MSDS for acetone not hairspray (does it or does it not contain acetone that is soluble in water).
 
 
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Mrs. Ducks just informed me that hairspray does not contain acetone but is a mixture of alcohols (some used as a propellent component), polymers, and fragrances. I can't find a MSDS reference on the can.
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Gues I should have qualified my statement better.....  in the 80s hairspray (at least Aqua Net) contained Acetone and said so on the label.  Public awareness, the EPA and of course cost, probably something to do with any change in formulas.
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