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Removing Black Plastic/Rubber Fill From Motorcycle Part

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Repair' started by upstater, Aug 21, 2012.

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  1. upstater

    upstater

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    Hi, I tried searching both here and on Google but didn't find much of what answered my innate curiosity as to what's behind this electronics device. It's an ignition converter for a motorcycle.

    I'm wondering how to remove the black plastic/rubber filler on the back to see what's really inside there and figure how to either fix, diagnose or reverse engineer the device. Short of chipping away at it with a knife, I'm wondering if there is a good way to get at the internals.

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    Thanks!
     
  2. KJ6EAD

    KJ6EAD

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    It's called potting compound. Removal method depends on potting material. Google "potting compound remover" and "potting compound removal".

    If the material is very hard and brittle, it's probably epoxy but if it's a little soft and the surface seems slightly sticky and discolored from oxidation, it's probably urethane.
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2012
  3. debe

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    If its the soft type of material I use a small wood chisel & carefuly prise it out. Slow job so nothing gets damaged. I dont like using chemicals as it can ruin markings on components.
     
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