Smooth Operator

(BluuGnome version of the Fiddlestick)
Care and Cleaning 

Smooth Operator Care

Polycarbonate is sometimes used in making outdoor signs.  Manufacturers suggest a life span of 5 to 10 years used in this manner since UV can degrade polycarbonate over time.  Under normal circumstances a Smooth Operator will see a lot less sunlight than an outdoor sign.  In reality it should last a lot longer but it is suggested that a Smooth Operator be replaced after 3 to 4 years.  They are not Expensive and your life does hang on your Smooth Operator so consider replacing it every few years.

Your Smooth Operator needs no regular cleaning or maintenance, but if you take pride in your Smooth Operator and enjoy keeping it clean, use nothing but mild soap and water to clean your Smooth Operator.

Just to be on the safe side keep all harsh chemicals away from your Smooth Operator.  Acetone (commonly used as nail polish remover) is one of the chemicals you definitely need to keep away from your Smooth Operator.  Acetone can weaken polycarbonate (Lexan) on contact to the point it will snap easily by hand. 

The polycarbonate is only weak when there is still liquid acetone in contact with it.  If the acetone is allowed to evaporate and dry completely the Smooth Operator will return to being strong.  However if your Smooth Operator does come in contact with acetone or other harsh chemicals, throw it away and get a new one.  Check out this page about Polycarbonate (Lexan) versus Acetone.

Each time you use the Smooth Operator visually inspect it. Discontinue use if the Smooth Operator shows signs of cracking or major deformation.