I use ropes to paint Silos. We use epoxy paint which invariably contaminates the ropes. Has there been any tests on these ropes for paint contamination

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    Can you expand a bit on what kind of ropes you use?
    – Aravona
    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:15
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    Related: Things to keep away from climbing ropes. This suggests that epoxy itself is probably not a problem (no actual testing done though), other chemicals in the paint (solvents) may well be damaging the rope.
    – imsodin
    Aug 5, 2016 at 16:06
  • Are these LSK (low-stretch kernmantle; "static") ropes? What material? There's a big difference in chemical resistance between nylon, polyester, polypropylene, etc. Some solvents will destroy one kind of rope, leaving another untouched, and vice versa. So it's worth saying what kind of solvent is in the paint. Nov 18, 2016 at 15:18

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The issue: hard gunk on the rope decreases flexibility of the rope. Fibers may break when the gunk spot is flexed.

My suspicion: Kernmantle ropes will suffer less than conventional laid ropes.

Test: Take 3 feet off the end of your rope. Soak it in your paint, and allow to cure. Flex repeatedly. Test to breaking.

Note: You may find some help by lubricating the rope, or spraying it with silicone so that the paint doesn't wet the surface of the rope.

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