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Old 07-12-2017, 01:15 PM   #46
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NaOH is going to give you worse burns initially, but it is not actively toxic. From Wikipedia:
Aqueous hydrofluoric acid is a contact-poison with the potential for deep, initially painless burns and ensuing tissue death.
The point being, you get just a little caustic on you, it will hurt like hell and you'll do something about it. With hydrofluoric acid, it can get into your flesh, and dissolve your bones from the inside. I you not.

This is why I won't go near anything with HF in it - it's just horrible, horrible stuff. That said, caustic solutions are still not things to be trifled with, they can blind or maim if mishandled.

Edit: All of which is an excellent reason to seal your wheels and wash them with shampoo and water, not chemicals that could be considered toxic industrial waste

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