Talk:Isopropyl alcohol

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Use as a bath to dry electronic devices that fell into water?[edit]

I've heard it is used to dry electronic devices (cell phones, RC toys etc) when they fall on water, does anyone got any reliable sources describing this usage? --TiagoTiago (talk) 02:04, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

How it is denatured?[edit]

The intro paragraph says it is sometimes denatured (why? to prevent people for using it for drugs, etc?) I'm assuming it is denatured by adding methanol, like with denatured ethanol, but this could use some clarification. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SpiralTurtle (talkcontribs) 09:17, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

IPA for cleaning records[edit]

I'm worried about the statements: "...used to give second-hand or worn non-vinyl phonograph records newer-looking sheen" and "Isopropyl alcohol should not be used to clean vinyl records as it may leach plasticizer from the vinyl making it more rigid[citation needed]." IPA can be found in lots of proprietary record cleaning solutions for vinyl records, sold worldwide. Homebrew vinyl cleaning solutions for vaccum and immersion-based record cleaners made using IPA, distilled water and an optional surfactant/wetting agent are used by many knowledgable collectors, libraries and archives (though many also advocate rinsing the record in distilled water alone afterwards, to remove all traces of the chemicals). I have never read or heard the claim anywhere else (besides this article) that IPA is significantly harmful to vinyl records. It is, however, widely acknowledged as being harmful to shellac records (because it causes binding chemicals to leach out of the shellac/filler mix and then the whole record just disintegrates) and one-time phonograph recordings, e.g. acetate or nitrocellulose lacquer on a glass or steel substrate (because it dissolves the lacquer). The only guaranteed to be totally safe way to wet clean these records (and even then, not all of them) is with distilled water only. I suspect that the author of these remraks in the main article is confusing vinyl with shellac. LDGE (talk) 21:13, 6 February 2014 (UTC)


Is 'it can also be used to clean paint or other oil-based products so that they may be reused, commonly known as "repainting." ' an error, (or a joke?) (talk) 07:44, 22 March 2014 (UTC)