[TCML] Preparing acrylic coil form
bartb at classictesla.com
Sat May 3 10:09:09 MDT 2008
Hi David, yes it would be a problem. In my case, I don't have internal
discs. Just a top cover that pops off easily. The reason I wipe down the
inside is because the bottom side is open, so dust gets inside. As long
as your inside is sealed, then there's no need.
David Rieben wrote:
> Hi Bart,
> I was just wondering, wouldn't it be rather problematic to wash
> down the INSIDE of the secondary coil form, especially if it's
> equipped with the often suggested internal baffle discs? It seems
> that the inside would not be touched under normal circumstance,
> anyway, if you're concerned with sweat salts residues from
> handling. Dust does tend to collect on everything in my shop
> and I simply blow it off the surfaces of my coils with an air
> One other thing to consider when using solvents to clean platics.
> I know from personal experience that you do NOT want to try
> wiping down polycarbonate (Lexan) with any acetone based
> solvent, as polycarbonate is quite soluable to acetone! You will
> nicely "etch" the surface of your lexan if you do clean it with acetone!
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "bartb" <bartb at classictesla.com>
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> Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 8:17 PM
> Subject: Re: [TCML] Preparing acrylic coil form
>> Yes, even after coils are wound and have served well over the years,
>> it's still a good idea to wipe them down before running. Every now
>> and then, I use soap and water and wash the coil inside and out.
>> Don't just remove the dust, also remove the corrosive residues.
>> Sounds like a magazine article: Your Coils Health (LOL!)
>>> Antonio is correct. Acrylic is an excellent HV insulator as long as
>>> with slightly sweaty hands has not handled it. Detectives rely on this
>>> principal to get fingerprints for their investigations.
>>> Dr. Resonance
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