October 7

Should PVC Be Deburred?

Every time you cut PVC pipe, there might be tiny burrs or sharp edges left over.

These burrs may not seem that bad, yet they may cause the pipe to not work properly by impacting pipe connections and restricting liquid movement.

Luckily, you can carry out a technique known as deburring. We will explain what this process is in this guide – so keep reading!

What Is Deburring?

Deburring is the process of eliminating burrs and refinishing the material’s edges.

It raises aesthetic value, improves quality, and guards against distortion.

Simply said, deburring is a process used to get rid of unsightly blemishes from any metal, plastic, copper pipe, or PCV component.

Sharp edges on metal components might be dangerous.

They have the potential to not only injure anyone who comes into touch with them, but also to break off during an operation due to their greater sharp edges, creating a dangerous working environment.

Regarding PVC, deburring will make it much easier to glue other pieces of PVC together. To ensure a perfect fit and strong bond, it’s also crucial to understand how to properly bevel PVC pipe.

If you do not deburr before gluing, it can result in it not being sealed appropriately and therefore affecting its overall function.

Types Of Deburring

There are a lot of deburring tools around, so it’s easy to get confused. Before using these tools, it’s important to mark or score your PVC pipe accurately.

Here are some of the most common ways of deburring that you should know about.


The most popular method of deburring is manual since it is the most adaptable.

This may be checked right away and just needs a few inexpensive instruments.

You can use a range of different tools when you manually debur material such as files, scrapers, and sandpaper.


Deburring difficult-to-reach edges, such intersecting holes, with electrochemical equipment is known as electromechanical deburring.

To aid in the burr’s dissolution, it employs salt or glycol solution.

The remainder of the materials are untouched and the burrs are typically eliminated after five to 10 seconds.


The goal of thermal deburring is to get rid of burrs on parts that were produced by a certain method (i.e. die-casting, mechanical, etc.).

Thermal heat produced by the ignition of a related substance is used in this technique.

After that, the material is cleaned of debris, burrs, and undesirable cavities using the energy that was just gained and oxygen created from the initial combination.

Due to the shape of the comparable thread, any threaded components that were on the material will not be removed.


Cryogenic deburring is a technique used to remove die-cast and plastic materials, as opposed to the conventional deburring method, which smooths metal by using abrasive materials like sand.

The workpieces are tumbled during this operation at a temperature range of -319.0 F/-195 C.

The burrs and flashes may be readily removed using media blasting or tumbling because of the low temperatures.

Should PVC Be Deburred?


The burr on the material’s edge is ground away mechanically during mechanical deburring.

It is possible for these mechanical burrs to develop through processes like folding, stamping, or shearing.

How To Deburr PVC?

PVC pipes need to be cut to different lengths using a hacksaw. During this operation, plastic slag or burrs are left around the pipe’s interior and exterior edges.

For the best results, it’s essential to prepare PVC piping to be cut correctly.

These particles of plastic may need to be removed before the pipe may connect to another joint or pipe.

  • Get a deburring tool that is appropriate for PVC and fits the pipe’s outside and inner dimensions.
  • With one hand, grasp the PVC pipe where it opens. Before moving on to the next stage, make sure to put on gloves and safety eyewear.
  • Stuff some paper towels inside the PVC pipe’s end.
  • Insert the inner reamer into the PVC pipe and seat it. Only rotate the tool a minimum of 2-3 times.
  • Check the inner perimeter wall of the pipe after removing the tool to make sure all burrs have been eliminated.
  • Only rotate your reamer tool two or three times after positioning the outer end against the PVC pipe’s outer edge.
  • Check the pipe to see if the burrs have been removed after removing the tool.
  • To polish the PVC pipe’s edges, use medium-grade sandpaper. When you’re finished, take away the paper towels.

After You Deburr PVC

Deburring removes the substantial impurities that could result in joint failure.

However, there are still several factors that might result in the glue weld failing.

The pipe’s surface should be cleaned of any debris or other materials. On PVC pipe, this is accomplished with Purple Primer.

Utilize Clear cleanser on ABS pipes. Before using, shake or swirl the cans of glue and primer. If the glue has gelled, properly dispose of it.

Avoid getting these solvents in your eyes or on your skin at all times. Always use protective gear, such as gloves and side-shielded glasses.

Apply the primer or cleaner evenly throughout the fitting’s depth. Don’t forget to clean or apply primer to the fitting’s inside.

Okay, glue application is now ready for the pipe end and the fitting.

Gluing PVC Pipe

PVC is frequently used for sewage, plumbing, and irrigation since it is a lightweight yet sturdy material.

Depending on the materials and purposes, the pipes used are often white or off-white, and PVC connections are made using couplings or solvent cement.

PVC pipes are typical for domestic usage since they are inexpensive and simple to use.

Although broken pipes should be simple to fix, there are situations when a piece of piping has to be replaced.

You will require a certain primer and cement for the job when it comes to bonding PVC.

The solvent cement will cause a chemical reaction that melts the surface and rehardens it, joining the two PVC pieces together to establish a lasting bond.

This should provide an airtight closure that is leak-proof.


If you want your PVC pipe to be as seamless as it should be in order for it to work properly, you must deburr it.

This will get rid of rough edges which can get in the way and cause problems. 

It is easy to do and when it comes down to it, all you need is a piece of sandpaper, gloves, and safety goggles.

Once you have deburred the PVC pipe, you are in the best position to prepare it to be glued.


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