Methyl cellulose question

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Methyl cellulose question

Postby OrigamiJT » December 24th, 2008, 5:47 pm

hey everyone, i know there have been many pages on methyl cellulose, but i havent seen anything on this particular subject......is it possible to STORE it somehow? because ive made a large batch, and i dont wanna throw the rest out.....
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Postby origami_8 » December 24th, 2008, 6:13 pm

Close the container well and store it in your refrigerator. Maybe it is also possible to store it at room temperature, but I haven't tried yet. In the refrigerator it stays good for at least some months.
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Postby OrigamiJT » December 24th, 2008, 6:17 pm

hey, thanks a lot fer the help. and i can really last that long? i had figured it was only good fer like, a few weeks or so......but anyways, thank you =)
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Postby HankSimon » December 24th, 2008, 7:10 pm

Typically, only two things happen to MC: either it dries out or mold grows on it... it may also get a little discolored after a long time.

If it dries, you can usually add a little more water to it.

If mold grows on it, sometimes you can scoop the moldy layer off.

If you store it, like Anna said, MC should be good for a long time.

If you keep it for months at a time, you might want to test it for color (discoloration is VERY obvious) and thickness on some test paper to see how it spreads. If it looks OK, you don't need to wait for the test piece to dry.

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Postby OrigamiJT » December 24th, 2008, 7:43 pm

alright, thank you very much Anna and Hank :D
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Postby Max » December 25th, 2008, 12:18 am

I store a higher concentrated MC solution in a cupboard at room temperature since 6 month and until now i have no mold growing on it. So for at least 6 month room temperature should be okay...i'll continue the experiment and let you know when i find the first molds *g*
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