Purple primer is a popular choice among plumbers who use it to prep PVC pipes for gluing.
The primer will clean the surface of the pipe and help make the glue stick properly.
Although the clear primer is available, plumbers prefer to use purple to ensure that inspectors see that the primer was used according to the current code.
However, one issue with purple primer is if it spills, it can be difficult to clean up without the right supplies.
And since some spillage is likely to occur even with the most careful use of the primer, you should inform the plumber that clear primer should be used when doing repairs in your residence.
The Problem with PVC Primer
The main issue with PVC primer is that the two most common solvents found in the material will melt the plastic.
This includes methyl ethyl ketone and acetone.
And while both solvents will evaporate quickly when exposed to the air, they will change the structure of the plastic surface which includes causing the purple dye to become part of the plastic or vinyl flooring.
If you act quickly after the spill, it is possible to clean it up before any change or color addition will occur.
However, once the solvent has evaporated, it becomes more difficult to remove the added purple color.
Apart from scraping, grinding, or sanding which will damage the surface, you will need to use a clear solvent to soften the area so the color can be removed.
Removing the Purple PVC Primer
Unfortunately, spilled purple PVC primer is not that uncommon.
Perhaps the plumber or a helpful neighbor accidentally spilled some when trying to fix your pipes.
However, purple PVC primer on a vinyl floor is a big deal.
Because it is primarily designed to etch or meld with the plastic in the pipes, it does the same thing to vinyl flooring.
But all is not lost. There are ways to remove the purple primer and restore your vinyl flooring if you act in time.
Clear Primer or Cleaner
One of the most effective methods is to dab a little clear primer or cleaner that is designed to clean pipes for priming.
The key is to not wipe as this will pull up the flooring.
Plus, if you pour or douse the area with the clear primer, you will put a hole in the floor.
Instead, dampen a cotton ball or swab with the primer and dab it gently.
This will pull up a small amount of the purple primer every time you dab.
Unless the purple primer has already penetrated the surface, you should be able to get most of it up.
But that is not the only material that can pull up the purple primer and not damage the floor when used correctly.
Other solvents include methyl ethyl ketone and acetone, or simple nail polish that includes acetone.
Use these solvents in the same manner as you would the clear primer or cleaner.
Other products that might help include paint thinner, mineral spirits, and baking soda combined with water.
But you will have to rub harder to get them to work.
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