Fiberglass is a popular material for decorative embellishments, such as wreaths and door thresholds. Fiberglass, the principle component for outdoor furnishings, garden decorations, and structures, is found in many places your car may have come in contact with.
What is fiberglass?
Fiberglass is a synthetic polymer often used in the construction industry. It is typically made of glass fibers that are encased in organic resins to create durable and waterproof products. Fiberglass is dangerous to metal objects because it contains chemicals which corrode the surface of metal. It can come off as a powder or more commonly, by tiny pieces which then cling onto metal surfaces they’re touching.
Why does fiberglass need to be removed from metal?
When wood floats back to the surface of a body of water, and there’s no way for it to leave, the result is lily pads. Fiberglass needs to be removed from metal in order to prevent this from happening.
Tips for removing fiberglass from metal
Fiberglass is a flexible material that consists of tiny fibers. When something containing fiberglass touches something else, the fibers weave and entwine with one another. The major problem with fiberglass is how it can be difficult to remove without damage or weakening the object that contains it. One way to avoid damaging your item is by using sandpaper or a drill. Another way would be an acid-based glass cleaner and wash.
If you have fiberglass resin on metal and need to get rid of it, try a solution of acetone and lacquer thinner. This will allow for proper removal of the offending material without creating a mess.