cleaning tacking iron : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

over time, my tacking iron has accumulated "gunk" from dry mount tissue. what have you found to be the best way to clean the iron?

i suspect that preheating the unit at low temp and using acetone would be ok. any thoughts??

-- raymond a. bleesz (, February 28, 2000


It should but please be careful with that stuff. It is EXTREMELY flammable, sometimes almost explosively so. The older stick-um used to have a shellac base that alcohol would cut.

-- Tony Brent (, February 28, 2000.

Seal makes a platen cleaaner that should do the job. It comes in a 2 fl.oz. tub for about $35 from light Impressions/about $26 from B&H. it seems pricey but i have a drymount press that has a pile of gunk on it and I was about to buy a tub unless someone comes up with a better answer here. I tried some 1-1-1 trichoroethane and it did NOT work well.

-- Jim McDonough (, February 28, 2000.

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