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    Removing cactus spines

    Yesterday evening I hit a rock with a prickly pear cactus growing on it.

    Instead of waiting for the spines to loosen up and have my GF pull them out with tweezers, I decided to try the solution "skibum" over at Singletrack.com used when his son had the same problem.

    I got some Elmer's Glue-All for wood, etc. Painted it on the area of my leg thick. Let it dry.

    Ripped it off. What I got was a transparent patch of glue with all the hair and, as far as I can tell, all the spines.

    Works well.

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    Duct tape works well too.
    Keep The Rubber Side Down

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    Redneck! Whoot!

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    Thanks, jg. Lots of cactus and thorny stuff where I ride. I'll give that a try next time.

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    You are welcome.

    Duct tape is easy and quick. It also helps get spines out of fabrics, which in the case of fine prickly pear spines can be difficult.

    Wood glue bonds to the cellulose in spines so it is more effective but slower and obviously won't work on fabrics.

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    Someone I know who grew up in South Texas recommended just shaving off the fine cactus hairs with a regular razor (after removing the spines). Fortunately, I have not had to try this option. The Elmers Glue also sounds like a great option.

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