Landlubber Mike Posted August 29, 2015 Report Share Posted August 29, 2015 I acquired a bunch of bottles over the last few months (mostly liquor bottles), and have picked out two that I'm going to use for my next SIB builds. They were pretty clean already, but I went ahead and cleaned them out using the technique in Hille & Young of rinsing them with water (I used distilled water to help avoid spots), a quick scrub with a bottle brush, and then a rinse with isopropyl. Turned them upside down to dry, and now I have nice clean bottles when it comes to the inside. For the outside of the bottle, I had a couple of questions: 1. For labels, I pre-soaked the bottles for a while in warm water and then did my best to peel them. Some came off no problem. Others, I had to use a bit of Goo-Gone (usually used to get the adhesive off store price stickers) to get off the remnants of the adhesive. A few of them appear to have used an adhesive that even Goo-Gone doesn't seem to work on. Any other suggestions on what to use? Would acetone work? I was going to use my wife's nail polish remover, but I'd probably have to use the full container 2. For very minor scratches in the glass, is there a way to buff them out? I know there is a product and cloth you can use for plexiglass, but wasn't sure if there was any for regular glass. These appear to be surface scratches, and not deep or anything. 3. Some of the bottles seem to have a printed lot or serial number - very tiny, and in black. I didn't want to try rubbing or otherwise scratching them off for fear of scratching the glass. Are there any techniques to remove them? Would the glass buffer stuff in #2 above tend to work? At this stage, since I'm very new, I'd rather just use cheaper bottles, even if they do have slight imperfections. When I get better, I'll be more apt to spend money to get better quality glass products, like the chemist flasks and other similar products that folks are using. Thanks in advance! Mike Gwyl Blaser 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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