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Thread: What to use to clean PVC Threads and O'ring Face Seals

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    What to use to clean PVC Threads and O'ring Face Seals

    I'm going to be reassembling my plumbing when I open over the next few weeks. I will not ask about tape versus pipe dope but what do you use to clean off old tape, pipe dope and o'ring lube? Is there a solvent that will clean them off without damaging the PVC pipe?

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    Re: What to use to clean PVC Threads and O'ring Face Seals

    It usually comes right off, although I have used a plastic knife to scrape off old pipe dope and silicon caulk. A good stiff bristle brush will probably work as well.
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    Re: What to use to clean PVC Threads and O'ring Face Seals

    I have used an old toothbrush and it worked pretty well.
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