How to Remove Markings From a PVC Pipe


You can use different methods to remove the ink printed markings on the surface of a PVC pipe. Most methods use harsh chemicals and cleaners like acetone and mineral spirits to break down the ink. No single chemical or cleaner removes all types of ink printed markings from PVC pipe, and all types release harmful vapors that irritate your skin, eyes and lungs. Sanding is a method of removing manufacturer printing that does not involve chemicals or cleaners and creates a proper bonding surface for paint, if you intend to paint the PVC pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Pre-cut PVC pipe(s)
  • Worktable
  • Fine-grit sanding pad
  • Clean rags
  • Set the pre-cut PVC pipe on the worktable.

  • Press the fine-grit sanding pad onto the surface of the PVC pipe. While holding the PVC pipe with one hand, run the fine-grit sanding pad lightly along the pipe. Continue sanding the surface of the pipe until the printed markings are no longer visible. If you are painting the PVC pipe, sand the entire surface.

  • Wipe the sanded PVC pipe with a clean rag to remove the dust created while sanding. Inspect the surface of the pipe to ensure that no traces of the manufacturer markings remain.

  • Store the cleaned PVC pipe in a place that will not allow dirt to accumulate. Repeat the listed steps for each PVC pipe you need to clean.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute 220-grit sandpaper for the fine-grit sanding pad if you need to apply a thicker coat of paint to the PVC pipe.
  • The fine dust created while sanding the PVC pipe can irritate your lungs. You may wish to wear a particulate respirator during the sanding process.

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