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Is there a solvent for wax?
    #9171002 - 11/02/08 03:30 AM (5 years, 11 months ago)

I lit a candle earlier that was in a glass candle holder. I guess there was a breeze blowing on it and the glass popped, causing the candle to fall about 3 feet onto my desk... wax is everywhere.

I got most of it off of everything else, but I don't know WTF do do about the wax on my LCD monitor.

Any ideas?


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Gumby]
    #9171006 - 11/02/08 03:33 AM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Tough break.  :lol:  heat it up with a blowdryer if you happen to have one handy or can find one,  and wipe it up with a paper towel.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Ogre812]
    #9171046 - 11/02/08 03:53 AM (5 years, 11 months ago)

I'm kinda worried that will crack the glass.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Gumby]
    #9171071 - 11/02/08 03:59 AM (5 years, 11 months ago)

the glass on your monitor?  I'm sure it's pretty thick.  Just do it slowly then. and close the window so there is no breeze hitting it.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Ogre812]
    #9171094 - 11/02/08 04:17 AM (5 years, 11 months ago)

There's glass in all LDC panels as far as I know.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Gumby]
    #9171284 - 11/02/08 07:20 AM (5 years, 11 months ago)

That sucks. I got wax on my laptop once and scraped it off with a quarter...

You might want to look into some of those heavy-duty cleaner/degreasers like 'goo-gone', which says it can remove crayon...

Be careful what you put on your screen though, some things will dissolve the anti-reflective coating, or plastic, or whatever you have as your top layer (some manufacturers are ditching the AR coating and selling it as a feature like "crystal view" or something gay...)


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: timmeh_87]
    #9172659 - 11/02/08 04:12 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

There's plenty of solvents for wax - like xylene, or pretty much any non-polar solvent. That's what I was going to suggest until I saw you got it on your monitor!

Hmm... if possible, see how much you can remove without using chemicals. And heat would probably be preferable to chemicals.

I really doubt your LCD screen is covered by glass. I've never heard of that. If it's glass then you can safely use a non-polar solvent. If it's not glass, then using a solvent will make the screen murky, and you'll never fix that.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: zouden]
    #9172682 - 11/02/08 04:17 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Yeah you're pretty much fucked with the monitor if it doesn't have a glass outer coating. If it's plastic, there is no guarantee that the np solvent won't dissolve the plastic with the wax.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: lIllIIIllIlIIlIlIIllIllIIl]
    #9172697 - 11/02/08 04:21 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Wax melts at a much lower temperature than any plastic so I'd use heat to separate the two.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: zouden]
    #9172709 - 11/02/08 04:22 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

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zouden said:
There's plenty of solvents for wax - like xylene, or pretty much any non-polar solvent.





This is correct, any non-polar stuff should work, since wax is basically hydrocarbons longer than C20 I'd try simple zippo lighter-fluid first.  There is a risk that the plastic of the LCD might be sensitive to it, and might melt/warp, but it's unlikely (test it on a small concealed part to be safe, if you can).  Tough break btw, good luck getting it off.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Minstrel]
    #9172808 - 11/02/08 04:47 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

I have no naptha. I do have denatured alcohol, thats non-polar. Think that'll work? I might give it a try on my speakers (brushed aluminum) and some plastic things that have wax on them.

Edit: zouden... ever break/shot an LCD pannel? They shatter just like glass. I've also taken a few apart and they tend to have 1-3 glass plates sandwiched in there.

http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v30/11/111/810118/n810118_31391186_8350.jpg

See the pile of broken glass in the bushes?


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Gumby]
    #9172835 - 11/02/08 04:53 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Alcohol is polar, denatured or not, and it won't remove wax. You probably won't have any non-polar solvents just lying around, but hardware stores should have them.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: zouden]
    #9172860 - 11/02/08 04:58 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Errr.. I knew that. Durrr. I r a tard.

I'm sure I can find some nonpolar solvents in the workshop in my apartment. I'm gonna give my landlord a call now to see what he has.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Gumby]
    #9173075 - 11/02/08 05:44 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

ever break/shot an LCD pannel?




No, I can't say shooting LCD panels is on my list of hobbies.  :lol:



But anyway, I'm surprised you'd try any sort of solvent before you tried heat.  The hairdryer is the best suggestion yet.  Put it on low, and don't hold it too close...the wax should soften up enough for you to wipe it off with paper towel as suggested.  This should honestly be your first option.  I doubt that sort of heat would warp your screen in any way.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: RuNE]
    #9173096 - 11/02/08 05:50 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Word, that'd be my advice too.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: zouden]
    #9173156 - 11/02/08 06:05 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Id say melt the wax first, then clean it up with a little naptha, kerosene, etc.

Combine both methods to create the ultimate power of cleaning action!


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: zouden]
    #9173430 - 11/02/08 07:04 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

W00T! The hair dryer worked and my screen didn't crack or warp. Thank god.

I was using that hair dryer for about 40 minutes cleaning up all the wax. Christ that was a disaster.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Gumby]
    #9173441 - 11/02/08 07:06 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

It worked? Win! I'm definitely going to remember that if I ever get in that situation.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: zouden]
    #9173525 - 11/02/08 07:28 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

I (re)learned something from my landlord... Really something I forgot, but some might find it useful:

If you get wax on your carpet. Lay down and old absorbent towel and set an iron on top of it. The wax will melt and be absorbed by the towel. Obviously, don't let the iron burn the towel.

Another thing I used last night that worked quite well... Flip a can of compressed air (for cleaning CPUs) upside down and spray the wax. It will freeze solid in a second, then it just flakes off.


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Re: Is there a solvent for wax? [Re: Gumby]
    #9174481 - 11/02/08 10:39 PM (5 years, 11 months ago)

Aww, I was gunna suggest gasoline.


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