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Gah! Lighter fluid everywhere!

Discussion in 'Topical Discussions (In Depth)' started by AgBar, Sep 13, 2010.



  1. AgBar

    AgBar Commodore Gold Chaser

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    arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! :s10:

    On the way home from the supermarket, a bottle of lighter fluid decided to open up and dump half its contents (about half a liter) into my trunk, after marinading most of my groceries.

    I took the fabric out of the floor of the trunk, and I'm letting it air-dry. But there's still a lot of fluid soaked into the padding underneath, and pooled in the well that the spare tire sits in. I soaked up what I could with paper towels and some pig-mat, but quite a bit remains.

    I've started the "used car salesman" trick of letting the car bake in the sun with a open bag of charcoal inside to soak up the odors. But of course, as soon as I did that, the sky clouded up.

    So, short of giving it time to out-gas, anyone have any tricks for getting petroleum distillates out of cloth?


    EDIT: giving pig mat a try
     
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  3. AgBar

    AgBar Commodore Gold Chaser

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    ok...short of time and fire...anyone have any ideas?

    :biggrin:
     
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    Thornapple Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Lighter fluid evaporates pretty quickly if not in a sealed container. If you just air it out enough you don't think that'll do it?
     
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    DrillAndFill Silver Member Silver Miner

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    Ditto to Thornapple's comment about evaporation. Ever notice that two squirts of lighter fluid in a campground or neighborhood can be smelled from 80 yards away? That stuff dissipates like crazy.

    The only problem could be heavier components which don't evaporate, but stick around for a while. I doubt that lighter fluid has much in the way of heavier or more viscous components, but I'm not sure.
     
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    Thornapple Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I collect Zippo lighters. For the ones I use, when filled they dry out pretty quick and go dead if I don't maintain them.
     
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    shades Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Best thing you can do is leave it alone and air it out. Park the car up in the garage, open all the doors and trunk. You've mopped up the obvious spilled fluid and that's all you can do.

    Anything that is going to be damaged and stained is already damaged and stained, no point spreading it around more.

    Let it evaporate off, and it should go without saying don't have a spark, ignition or naked flame while this is going on.

    Electric fans might help with the evaporation process.

    Zippo lighter fluid is Naphtha based. It is a solvent and will attack/be absorbed into things like plastics. Try not to breathe it in or get it on your skin.

    It's funny because I found an old can of left-over Zippo fluid last night, I was sure it would have evap'ed away, but lo and behold the can design worked,
    and it was still there, and this is after like 14 years! Not sure what I did with the Zippo though, damn thing was a pain to maintain and required constant
    refills as they were always letting fluid evaporate, they are fun and stylish, but modern disposable lighters p*** all over them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naphtha

    MSDS:

    http://www.nafaa.org/msds.html


    http://www.nafaa.org/ZIPPO_MSDS.pdf

    "
    Respiratory Protection: IF WORKPLACE EXPOS LIM OF PROD/ANY COMPONENT IS
    EXCEEDED , A NIOSH/MSHA APPRVD AIR SUPPLIED RESP IS ADVISED IN ABSENCE OF
    PROPER ENVIRON CONTROL. OSHA REGS ALSO PERMIT OTHER NIOSH/MSHA RESPS (NEGPRESS
    TYPE) UNDER SPECIFIED CNDTNS (ING 21)
    Ventilation: PROVIDE SUFFICIENT MECHANICAL (GENERAL AND/OR LOCAL EXHAUST)
    VENTILATION TO MAINTAIN EXPOSURE BELOW TLV(S).
    Protective Gloves: WEAR RESIST GLOVES (CONSULT YOUR(ING 22)
    Eye Protection: CHEM SPLASH GOGGS IN COMPLIANCE (ING 23)
    Other Protective Equipment: TO PREVENT REPEATED OR PROLONGED SKIN CONTACT,
    WEAR IMPERVIOUS CLOTHING AND BOOTS. EYEWSH FNTN & DELUGE SHWR (FP N).
    Work Hygienic Practices: NONE SPECIFIED BY MANUFACTURER.
    Suppl. Safety & Health Data: EXPLO HAZ:INCLUDING TANK CARS & TANK TRUCKS
    SHOULD BE GROUNDED &/OR BONDED WHEN MATL IS TRANSFERRED. MATL IS HIGHLY
    VOLATILE & READILY GIVES OFF VAPS WHICH MAY TRAVEL ALONG GROUND/BE MOVED BY
    VENT & IGNITED BY PILOT LIGHTS, OTHER FLAMES, SPKS, HEATERS, SMKG, ELEC

    MOTORS, STATIC DISCHARGE,/OTHER IGNIT SOURCES (ING 7)"

    "
    Special Hazard Precautions: FLAMMABLE LIQUID. ACUTE:EYES:EXPOSURE TO
    LIQUID OR VAPOR MAY CAUSE MILD IRRITATION. SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE STINGING,
    TEARING AND REDNESS. SKIN:MILD IRRITATION. PROLONGED OR REPEATED EXPOSURE
    MAY DRY CAUSING REDNESS, BURNING, CRACKING AND BURNS. INHAL:CAN CAUSE NASAL
    AND RESPIRATORY IRRITATION, CNS EFFECTS INCLUDING DIZZINESS, WEAKNESS,
    GASTROINTESTINAL IRRITATION, NAUSEA, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA. ASPIRATION
    HAZARD. CHRONIC:CONTAINS TOLUENE WHICH APPEARS ON THE NAVY OCCUPATIONAL

    CHEMICAL REPRODUCTIVE HAZARDS LIST (FP N)."




     
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    Thanks, all.

    Yep, I hear ya: just let it air-out.

    Trouble is: I've got on-street parking in an urban area: leaving the car open all night is...well...less than wise. (unless I want to stay up all night with a rifle).

    The point about lighter fluid's volatility is well-taken. If it wasn't raining tonight I'd leave the windows cracked. I'll probably open everything tomorrow if the sun comes out.

    I was hoping the charcoal would soak-up the volatiles, letting me burn them off later under a cheeseburger. mmmmm...

    It's supposed to rain tonight, but if it's clear tomorrow I'll just open things up.

    Thanks, all.
     

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