Moving the soldering iron too slowly along the span length of the blade can create
hot spots within the blade, weakening the adhesive bond, resulting in
(4) Using a 100 watt hot soldering iron with a modified tip per Figure 4-1, cut the tape by carefully moving the hot
iron along the span length of the blade. The soldering iron and tip should be of the type commonly used in roof flashing
and stain glass work. No specific brand is required as long as it is a 100 watt iron.
If the plastic scraper is not available through the supply system, it can be either
procured locally or locally manufactured. Locally manufacture using a piece of
plexiglass with a blade width of approximately one inch. Sharpen the blade to an
angled point of approximately 30 degrees (chisel point) (See View B, Figure 4-1).
(5) Peel the tape protection off the blade, using a plastic scraper as necessary. Recommend starting at the tip
cap and working inward to the root. If difficulty is encountered in peeling off the tape, use a small pen knife or a single
edge razor blade with holder to separate the protective tape and the blade, using extreme care not to damage the blade.
Volatile and toxic fumes occur when using solvents, causing both a fire and
Provide proper ventilation and protective clothing, including eye shield, when
using solvents. Avoid breathing vapors and skin contact as much as possible.
Wash contacted skin with soap and water. If solvent contacts eyes, flush them
with clean water and get immediate medical help.
Consult U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency (U.S. AEHA) Technical Guide
Operations 144 Guideline for Controlling Health Hazards in Paint Operations and
the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for guidance. Use respiration protective
(6) Remove residual adhesive with toluene, applying with a clean cloth. The amount to be used is an amount
sufficient to dampen the cloth and interact with the adhesive. Under no circumstances is the solvent to be used in a
quantity that is excessive. Excessive is when the solvent is applied and runs on or dips off the blade. The amount of
adhesive will vary from blade to blade. Therefore, more than one application of solvent might be necessary. Before
applying additional applications of solvent/cleaner, insure the blade is dry. For heavy amounts of adhesive, assistance
might be necessary in removing the adhesive by using a mat, abrasive, fine.
Use of the mat, abrasive, fine can damage/scratch the composite blade. Exercise
care in use.