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

laprjns

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Aug 14, 2012
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Ellington, CT
#1
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?

Thanks
Rich
 

zea3

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Jul 10, 2009
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Houston, Texas
#2
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.