How to Remove Printing From PVC Pipe


PVC, polyvinyl chloride, is a type of plastic piping used in commercial and residential structures. The piping is also used to construct homemade flagpoles, bed frames and other projects. PVC pipes are not difficult to cut—a hack saw or circular can you give you a clean cut. PVC pipes often contain lot numbers and other writing printed on one side of the pipe. You can remove writing from a PVC pipe, leaving the surface white and clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag or shop towel
  • Work gloves
  • Sanding block – 100 or 150-grit
  • Pot
  • Warm water
  • Powdered cleaner (Comet)
  • Lay the PVC pipe on a flat surface, workbench, desk or countertop, with the side containing words facing you. Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

  • Wipe the PVC pipe with a clean rag or shop towel to remove any loose dust or dirt.

  • Sand the printing with a sanding block containing 100- or 150-grit sandpaper. Start at one end of the printing and sand with force until the printing is gone.

  • Fill a pot with 2 cups of warm water from a sink.

  • Dip a clean rag or shop towel into the pot of water. Wring out excess water.

  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of powdered cleaner on to the damp rag or shop towel.

  • Wipe the PVC pipe clean with the cleaner-soaked rag or shop towel to remove any sand dust and fragments of plastic.

  • Let the PVC pipe air dry outside or on a clean surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use a PVC pipe cleaner to remove printing from the piping. PVC pipe cleaner is found at hardware and home improvement stores.

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