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Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« on: May 29, 2013, 01:19:48 PM »
Well, I accidently left my ball cleaning stuff in the car. It was a hot day yesterday.
I kept all my cleaners in a Plano box. 3 polish bottles expanded and cracked, my little spray bottle of alcohol metled. My little spray bottle of water melted too. I now have a Plano box that contains a liquid mix of various polishes, cleaners, rubbing alcohol, and water. What a mess!
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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 01:55:21 PM »
Sorry to hear that.
Where do you live, that it got that hot?

Isn't it safer to leave them in the trunk, if you have one, instead of the car/truck, where all that glass surface absorbs heat?

Have any other plastic containers melted in your car?
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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 02:15:28 PM »
The good thing that it all stayed in the Plano box and not all over the trunk and carpet!  Sorry to hear about this though.

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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2013, 02:20:43 PM »
I live in western PA. It wasn't 100 degrees or anything like that. I am very good about taking my cleaning stuff in with me to work. I was in a hurry and left it in the car.

Never had anything like this happen before in my car. The plastic containers I was using to store alcohol, water, and some polishes are the cheap plastic bottles you find at walmart.  I am guessing the car heating up and the clear Plano box (latched tight) caused this to happen. I guess putting it the trunk would have been a better choice.

I had mostly Powerhouse products. Power Wash, Delayed Reaction, Clean and Dull, and Extended Polish.

Do you think if that stuff heats up enough it could melt that cheap plastic? The Plano box is fine. No issues with it other than the mess. 
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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 03:19:34 PM »
I live in western PA. It wasn't 100 degrees or anything like that. I am very good about taking my cleaning stuff in with me to work. I was in a hurry and left it in the car.

Never had anything like this happen before in my car. The plastic containers I was using to store alcohol, water, and some polishes are the cheap plastic bottles you find at walmart.  I am guessing the car heating up and the clear Plano box (latched tight) caused this to happen. I guess putting it the trunk would have been a better choice.

I had mostly Powerhouse products. Power Wash, Delayed Reaction, Clean and Dull, and Extended Polish.

Do you think if that stuff heats up enough it could melt that cheap plastic? The Plano box is fine. No issues with it other than the mess. 

PA? and I thought you were in Arizona or TX.
I'm in NJ and it's 90 here today and supposed to get hotter this week.

When you said Plano, I was thinking fishing or tool box. I have a couple and they can be pretty thick. But the clear top lets in light which becomes heat, esp on a warm day.

I've had some of those cheap plastic bottle in my car on warm summer days but they never melted. I'd save that mess for toxic recycling and buy new bottles. When they mix, who knows what you get, but I sure wouldn't touch it, rubber gloves or not.

Live and learn. The mess and the waste of money are just another lesson to be remembered. We've all been there.
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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2013, 07:57:30 PM »
Are you sure the bottles melted?  It would seem more likely that the heat built up pressure and split the plastic bottles.  --  JohnP

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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2013, 08:12:46 PM »
For what it's worth... I've seen dissimilar plastics that are in contact with each other "melt" without being in the presence of excess heat.

One plastic's hardener might be the others plasticizer and plastic, despite it's appearance, isn't always completely cured.

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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2013, 12:15:04 PM »
J_Mac is onto something...  I've had hard plastic crankbaits, soft plastic worms & curly tails in the same tackle box touch each other & had to peel out the mess when I found it.  That is probably your problem...
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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2013, 12:53:46 PM »
Thanks for the tip. I do a fair amount of fresh water fishing. I always thought that it was not a good idea to leave soft plastics (twister tail grubs, etc.) in the car during a heat wave. You confirmed it (the hard way!!!).
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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2013, 01:26:08 AM »
we've had a few of our bottle explode in high heat. I always keep my products in my bowling bag, that way they always get taken into the house...because I am not about to leave my bowling balls outside in Arizona.

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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2013, 01:08:02 PM »
Thanks for the tip. I do a fair amount of fresh water fishing. I always thought that it was not a good idea to leave soft plastics (twister tail grubs, etc.) in the car during a heat wave. You confirmed it (the hard way!!!).

I just purchased a new frog lure and the company recomends that you put it in a zip lock bag before putting it in your tackle box. Apparently the soft plastic they used to create the lure's legs can affect other plastic lures. 
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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2013, 06:10:41 PM »
J_Mac is onto something...  I've had hard plastic crankbaits, soft plastic worms & curly tails in the same tackle box touch each other & had to peel out the mess when I found it.  That is probably your problem...

That is indeed one of the situations that I'm recalling...  Another is some old inserts from a non Vise/Turbo company that "melted" into the clear polycarbonate drawers they were stored in at room temperature.

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Re: Left the cleaners in the car...BIG MISTAKE!
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2013, 07:46:29 PM »
J_Mac is onto something...  I've had hard plastic crankbaits, soft plastic worms & curly tails in the same tackle box touch each other & had to peel out the mess when I found it.  That is probably your problem...

That is indeed one of the situations that I'm recalling...  Another is some old inserts from a non Vise/Turbo company that "melted" into the clear polycarbonate drawers they were stored in at room temperature.

I could see that happening with inserts too.

And I've also had it happen in cool basements, room temps & in the garage/truck.  It must be the formula's in the particular plastics.  Just gotta remember to keep em separated.  That's why some (most nowadays) tackle boxes say "worm proof" on em.