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If you are reading this section, you have or are considering purchasing Schedule 40 PVC from a local hardware or building supply store. It’s a great material but has those ugly labels that you can’t hide. By the way, your canine companion doesn’t really care if the labels are removed. He or she will jump just as high and weave just as fast with or without labels. Therefore, removing the label is a matter of appearance and personal preference.


Assuming you have chosen to remove the ugly labels ( yes, it really does make a nicer looking obstacle without them ), we recommended purchasing Acetone from your local hardware or building supply store. Acetone is found in the paint department and is available in either a quart or gallon size. A little Acetone goes a long way, so a quart is probably more than sufficient for your needs.


Acetone is a solvent and accordingly highly flammable. As with any solvent,

· Read the product label and cautions before use.

· Use it in a well ventilated area away from open flames, furnaces, etc.

· Wear eye protection, a face mask and gloves ( dish washing work well ).

· Properly dispose of paper towels, rags and other material exposed to acetone.

· Acetone evaporates quickly. Cap the container between uses.

· Cleaning in cold weather is not recommended.

· Store the acetone as recommended on the product’s label.



The first step is to remove any plastic or paper stickers on the PVC pipe or fittings. Normally it’s only the fittings ( not the pipe ) that have this type of label. We don’t have an easy answer for removing them. If you’re lucky, they will peel off in one piece. If you buy one of Agility Gear’s Obstacle Kits or PVC Fittings, the fittings will be label-free.

Next, remove the printed labels and glue from both the PVC pipe and fittings. Dampen part of a paper towel with acetone. Lightly scrub the printed / glue areas with the dampened area of the paper towel and wipe up the acetone and wet ink mixture with a dry / semi-dry portion of the paper towel. Turn or change towels frequently to avoid spreading the ink around ( versus removing it ). In this step, it’s important that you get the acetone and wet ink mixture off the PVC. Once it dries, it will be virtually impossible to remove.

All PVC printed labels are not created equally. Some are more difficult to remove than others. If you are struggling with the dampened paper towel method outlined above, dampen a 3M type sanding pad ( purple ) with acetone and scrub the area. Quickly wipe ( before the acetone and ink dries ) the area you scrubbed capturing the ink in the paper towel.

The above process should remove the label. However, there may be some tell-tale signs that the PVC was once labeled.
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