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Old 10-07-2004, 06:59 PM
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How to get out metal splinters?

Well, I was grinding away on a sheet of aluminum that I will be using on top of a rolling work station. Now I can feel all these little metal spinters in my hands, fingers and arms. I can't see the little bastards, but I can feel them when ever I brush up against something. THey don't hurt, just very annoying.

Whats the best way to get these things out? Keep in mind they are VERY hard to see.

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Old 10-07-2004, 07:07 PM
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Magnafying glass and a needle...........dig 'em out.

All us "tough old farts " do it that way.
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Old 10-07-2004, 07:08 PM
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haha, I'm sorry but that is kinda funny. I would soak them in HOT water to open your pores up then try to pull them out with some pluckers. Or a magnet
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Old 10-07-2004, 07:10 PM
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Duck tape?
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Yeah, I tried diggin', still couldn't get em all out. And no, I didn't cry, LOL.

Some arn't even what you would consider a splinter, they are just stuck in my skin, sticking out, like really small metal hairs that I can't see and are beginning to drive me nuts kinda things.

I even feel 'em on my elbows.

Maybe a cold shower, just like for fiberglass??


This is kinda funny, but sucks at the same time. Now I'm kicking my self for not wearing a longsleve shirt and gloves.Oh well, live and learn.

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Old 10-07-2004, 07:22 PM
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I don't know if this would work on metal slivers or not but it works if the boys get a wood sliver and it's sticking out a bit. Paint the area with that white glue (like Elmer's - that stuff kids use for art projects) and let it dry. Peel it off and the sliver ought to come with it. Not always but more often than not.

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Now don't laugh! I use white glue. Aluminim is non-magnetic so a magnet will not work but the glue does. Just put a thin coat over the area that has the "sliver" and let the stuff dry. Then pull the dried glue off of your skin and the "sliver" sticks to the glue but not to your skin.

This only works if you can feel the thing sticking above the skin.

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Tough on the old arm hair though.........................
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Tough on the old arm hair though.........................
I guess you have to weigh which is worse...lol.
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i usually just leave them in and eventually they come out on their own


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Ouch.... been there.

The way I took them out was just to pick out all that I could see or feel. Then I used a regular scrubbing brush and got off what I could. This was with Iron so after a few days I looked at my hands and they were riddled with little black dots and lines. Took me awhile, but I cut most of them out with some finger nail clippers. I guess the rest must have rusted away, or was just pushed out after time.

Lesson is, wear gloves!
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Old 10-08-2004, 05:18 AM
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I'm going to have to try the white glue next time, I tried the duct tape on a wood splinter once and it didn't work (maybe it was in too deep?).

I use an X-acto knife with a new blade for single splinters.
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Old 10-08-2004, 05:24 AM
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I dont know about in skin but here is a tip if you get a metal splinter in your eye


1)DO NOT RUB IT ,I know that is a no brainer but reflex says rub
2)Got one in my eye and an old timer at work took a tech driver with a magnetic end and laid it on the splinter,BINGO,it came right out.Ive had to do that a few more times since then to others and myself.
3)Always wear your safety glasses,cant stress that enough.Case in point.My dad was busting concrete off an old basket ball pole we pulled out of the ground.He didnt wear his glasses,piece of concrete flew up and destroyed his cornea.He now has a glass eye.You take things for granted and if you lose your sight you dont get it back guys.
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I've had steel slivers removed from my eye twice, not pleasant. The second time it had rusted so they had to scrape the surface of my eyeball to remove the rust ring. If you get one in your eye, get it removed asap! It's kind of amusing, when you get an MRI they Xray your eyes to verify there are no ferrous metal particles in your eyes....guess the magnetic field will pull them thru your eyeballs and brains! Ouch.
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Old 10-08-2004, 08:26 AM
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Rub-wipe the affected area with some old worn pantyhose.

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