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Jeremy165


May 3, 2010, 12:18 PM
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You guys are going to hate this one but hopefully I get a quick answer and this thread disappears into the archives.

I'm a general contractor and did some work on a chimney and roof (really steep). I threw some slings around the chimney and some slings around vent pipes and such and clipped into all (equalizing two of them). I never weighted anything more than a couple pounds of force, it was more just for safety and to slow my ass down if I did end up plummeting 30 feet to the ground.

As expected I got primer and latex paint on my harness, some biners, my PAS, the slings...

I've climbed in the gym since then but obviously haven't setup any anchors inside, I'll be cragging this weekend hopefully.

What do you think - latex paint on all that gear - should I be worried? I searched the forums but basically only saw stuff about paint fumes (no problems) and cat pee (disputed findings).

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dolphja


May 3, 2010, 12:28 PM
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contact the manufacturer


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dolphja wrote:
contact the manufacturer

The manufacturer will send him a form letter saying "We recommend you replace the item."


brokesomeribs


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Your biners are fine, no question about it. Paint and primer most likely won't have any largely deleterious effect on the strength of softgoods. I think.

Send the most soiled sling to ADatesman and have him pull test it. If it holds up, the rest of the less-soiled gear is most likely un-affected as well.

Disclaimer: I am referring to paint/primer only. If you got any paint stripper or anything caustic on the slings, cut them up into individual pieces and toss them. Toss them very far away.


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gunkiemike


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Buy new and write it off as a business expense!


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gunkiemike wrote:
Buy new and write it off as a business expense!

Sweet!


dynosore


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What were you painting on a rooftop?

If it was oil based paint you might have a problem. Seeing how you're painting outdoors it probably was. As mentioned send a sling to adatesman, then we'll all know the results.


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dynosore wrote:
What were you painting on a rooftop?

If it was oil based paint you might have a problem. Seeing how you're painting outdoors it probably was. As mentioned send a sling to adatesman, then we'll all know the results.

you're replying to a thread titled "latex paint on gear," get your head out of your ass


dynosore


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jbro_135 wrote:
dynosore wrote:
What were you painting on a rooftop?

If it was oil based paint you might have a problem. Seeing how you're painting outdoors it probably was. As mentioned send a sling to adatesman, then we'll all know the results.

you're replying to a thread titled "latex paint on gear," get your head out of your ass

Excuse me Mr. Rude, latex paint can be oil or water based. All latex means is the type of paint particle, has nothing to do with which solvent they're dispersed in. Next time instead of being an insulting jerk, keep your piehole shut if you don't know what you're talking about. thanks.


jbro_135


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dynosore wrote:
jbro_135 wrote:
dynosore wrote:
What were you painting on a rooftop?

If it was oil based paint you might have a problem. Seeing how you're painting outdoors it probably was. As mentioned send a sling to adatesman, then we'll all know the results.

you're replying to a thread titled "latex paint on gear," get your head out of your ass

Excuse me Mr. Rude, latex paint can be oil or water based. All latex means is the type of paint particle, has nothing to do with which solvent they're dispersed in. Next time instead of being an insulting jerk, keep your piehole shut if you don't know what you're talking about. thanks.

you should change your username to buttsore


mudchemist


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I am a polymer chemist, and I have worked in the paint industry. Latex is polymer dispersed in aqueous media in case someone wants to be right. Even latex paint can contain small amounts of solvents (referred to as cosolvents when used in water). Their amount is small, usually less than 4% on total paint weight, and they evaporate in a matter of minutes to hours when exposed to air. They serve to help swell the polymer so that it will coalesce the polymer and form a film as the water evaporates. Think of it as allowing the polymer particles to melt together in the paint...now think of the individual fibers in your Spectra (polyethylene polymer) or nylon (also a polymer) sling, melting together on exposure to the solvent...not what the manufacturer was thinking in the engineering right?

I doubt the slings are compromised, but why take the risk?

I have a tensile machine if someone really wants to break painted slings....no charge.


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