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Old 11-29-2017, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Removing Glue on Gold

Good morning!

I tried to search for the answer but I guess I'm not using the right keywords because couldn't find what I was looking for. I apologize if this is redundant.

I accidentally got CA on the gold finish of a pen I made. The pen has 10K gold plating. What chemical or process could/should I use to remove the CA so that it doesn't damage the gold plating?

Thanks in advance for your assistance!
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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CA is dissolved in acetone. Handy to have around.

Acetone will not disolve gold. Many of the gold pens have a clear coat surface applied, and the acetone may dull the clear coat slightly.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Acetone should do the job. It will damage any painted finish and will dull acrylic and of course CA finishes. So be careful where else you put it.

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Old 11-29-2017, 11:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Excellent, thank you all!
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Some of the gold plate pen hardware are top-coated with an epoxy finish (due to the low wear resistance of gold plate alone). I do not have an answer to your question, but enter this comment as it is a factor to consider. Ken also addressed this in his post.
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Old 12-06-2017, 12:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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UPDATE: I used acetone and it worked beautifully. I did not see any change to the gold plating so all is well. Crisis averted! Thanks for the suggestion.
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