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This thread was originally started in order to show a couple of picture of what severe plasticizer build up looks like, and to show a problem I had been experiencing with Primochill LRT tubing. However, the thread has formed into a broad discussion about plasticizer.

Feel free to post any questions or problems you've experienced lately. If you can, please include what type of tubing it is, what components are in your loop, what additives you were using, and how long it took for the leeching to start. Pictures would be great. Also, we welcome any posts about people NOT having a problem with their tubing.

I'm hoping this can help us come together as a community and track down any tendencies of certain tube types.

Also, jackofhearts495 has started building a database of issues people have had with what tubing types. Please, check out the database here and add your info.

Here is the link: Water tubing database v1.0

Maybe with a little effort we can start to see some trends and what leads to bigger problems.



Original post:

Just wanted to share this. It would seem Primochill hasn't been so resistant lately.

4b59f55e-a3a8-5af4.jpg

I disassembled the loop after only 2 weeks with this tube in order to make some changes. Pretty significant coating in such a short time. Not worrying with cleaning the blocks for the time being, since I am both busy and lazy, but definitely will be switching tubing next time.
Edited by ramkatral - 3/14/12 at 3:12pm
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4b59f55e-a584-bf62.jpg

Cut the tube section open to inspect it, and it's pretty damn bad.
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Holy crap! I'm hoping this is just a faulty batch of product. mad.gif
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Hmm.. maybe you got a bad batch of some sort or just issues with the black primochill... my longest running primochill clear tubing is around a year and I still don't have any plasticizer leeching, everything's still crystal clear apart from the slight blue dye from mayhems I have running but that's expected.. I had another loop going for 6months with clear primochill tubing I tore down recently and that too was crystal clear apart from the slight dyeing of the walls.
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Yea, but several people here lately have talked about rapid plasticizer build up. Another guy here recently mentioned his clear Primochill was clouding up already after 2 weeks.
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My UV Green Primochill has a slight haze on the inside after it ran for months. It is very slight and I have no idea if it would wipe off as I don't have anything to shove in there. In my case, it does not affect the clarity at all, nor is it any sort of white-ish color.

Hopefully my next purchase of blue tubing also stays transparent thumb.gif
 
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Is that a buildup of gunk (for lack of a better word)?
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It's plasticizer from the hoses.
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OP (and others with Primochill LRT clouding), are you using a silver killcoil with biocide/corrosion inhibitor/other additives?

Thinking of trying out the clear LRT tubing...
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I find that hard to believe, heres one of my 6 months used black lrt tubing (changed black to white/red, black is the hardest on an unrelated note). I cut it apart and could faintly see a white layer, and the buildup is only evident if you scrape it using scissors.

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Holy crap! I'm hoping this is just a faulty batch of product. mad.gif

Most likely this.
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