Static Cling

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  1. Gerald Lawrence

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    Our club uses some stands with plex for safety shields for remote demos and the dust is sticking to them like magnets. I tried dryer sheets but just made it worse. I was thinking maybe some type lens cleaner may do . Is there a product that will do a better job?
     
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    I have always used Armorall Original
     
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    I think that a couple people mentioned dryer sheets, but reading all 14 posts in the thread I found that also mentioned were anti-static spray, Novus 1, Windex, soap and water, and Rain-X.
     
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    Bill I thought Novus was just a cleaner. I will have to look at the Rain X and the antistatic spray would be my next thought.
     
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    Gerald, this is from the Novus web site I linked above. They have 3 grades, I've never tried the 2 or 3 so cannot comment on them. I buy the 64 oz size from our local plastic supply house, better value I think then the 2 or 8 oz bottle. Plus, then you can share...
    "Gently cleans all plastics without scratching. Leaves a lustrous shine that resists fogging, repels dust, and eliminates static."
     
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    Thanks I thought it was just as cleaner
     
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    I have all three. I've used Novus 2 for many years as the final polishing step after using Micromesh 12000 grit. Novus 2 has a superfine abrasive. I bought the other two thinking that they would be useful in finishing my lacquer finishes. I found that the abrasive in Novus 3 is far too abrasive for what I needed so I don't use it. Novus 1 has no abrasive at all it is a clear cleaner, polish, and dust repellent with a pump spritzer. I think it is the same thing as my eyeglass cleaner. I didn't find it to be of any benefit for a lacquer finish so the only thing that I use it for is cleaning plastic.
     
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    Reading this thread for a second time. I bought a pump spray of a liquid that is used for cleaning computer monitors and TV screens. It is Staples' Screen Cleaning Spray. Label is very simple and doesn't say anything about static cling; "Removes dusts, dirt, and fingerprints."
     
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    Lamar, that's what I use it on, both inside and out but I don't have any "coating" on the inside, or out as far as I know. I use it on my face shield as well as my safety glasses.
     
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    What would happen if the plexiglass were attached to a ground wire ?
     
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    Not certain but I do not think this type of static will ground out or if it would that would be counter productive because of the grounding procedures
     
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    Electrical Engineers would be amused. :D

    Products that help to reduce triboelectric (static) charge on plastic, carpet, clothing, car seats, cat fur, etc. basically work by applying various kinds of substances that cause good insulators to become not-so-good insulators. These products don't cause an insulator to become a conductor, not even a semiconductor, but just a poor insulator. For example, there is an industrial product called Staticide that can create a surface resistance on porous surfaces between 1,000,000,000 and 10,000,000,000,000,000 ohms (probably per square centimeter, but I'm not certain). This surface resistance is sufficient to prevent much static charge from building up, but it's a very very very long way from being a conductor.

    The special static reducing ingredients in Staticide are quaternary ammonium compounds, coco alkylbis (hydroxyethyl)methyl, nitrates.

    If a plexiglass panel were treated with an anti static spray, the charge would dissipate by way of water vapor in the air.
     

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