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  1. Dec 27, 2008 #1

    wolram

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    For a household substitute for Acetone except nail polish?
     
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  3. Dec 27, 2008 #2

    Pythagorean

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    it depends on the purpose.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2008 #3

    wolram

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    It is not for any thing sinister or dangerous, just a house hold job that may crop up some time.
     
  5. Dec 27, 2008 #4

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    The question was what property of Acetone is this to be used for- really, for what job?
     
  6. Dec 27, 2008 #5

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    I need it to disolve another substance, and i am trying not to be :blushing:
     
  7. Dec 27, 2008 #6
    you want to dissolve cyanoacrylate?
     
  8. Dec 27, 2008 #7

    wolram

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    Yes please, a rather large area.
     
  9. Dec 27, 2008 #8

    Pythagorean

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    and what are you removing it from? Also necessary to know the material.
     
  10. Dec 27, 2008 #9

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    Why not use acetone? This is one mysterious thread.
     
  11. Dec 27, 2008 #10
    because acetone burns the privates. don't worry I had the same problem. hot bath, take your time.
     
  12. Dec 27, 2008 #11

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    I just had a bright idea: peanut butter! :biggrin:

    I don't know exactly what you are trying to do, but peanut butter can be used to remove glue or other sticky things like gum. I sometimes use it to remove the glue residue that is left when you pull off transparent tape from plastic (and peanut butter, unlike acetone or nail polish remover does not damage the plastic). Something else oily like lotion might also do the job.
     
  13. Dec 27, 2008 #12
    tried vodka?
     
  14. Dec 27, 2008 #13

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    Ouch, that would be bad, but my problem is nothing like that.
     
  15. Dec 27, 2008 #14

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    Okay. i spilled a bottle of super glue on a damp towel that was sat on the counter, not wanting to touch it i left it to set, not thinking it would seep through.
     
  16. Dec 27, 2008 #15

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    I'm inclined to suspect that was what caused all this!
     
  17. Dec 27, 2008 #16
    haha. I've done that too. what kind of counter? if you don't have acetone your best bet is probably warm soapy water, the best cleaner you've got and elbow grease.
     
  18. Dec 27, 2008 #17

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    Wrong :smile:, i was being ultra care full as the top had sealed to the container, so i had to use pliers to get it undone, hence the damp towel.
     
  19. Dec 27, 2008 #18
    and the worst part of it all is you won't even get a thank you for being careful.
     
  20. Dec 27, 2008 #19

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    I found some octane booster works quite well, i have cleared about a quarter of it , it makes one a bit dizzy.
     
  21. Dec 27, 2008 #20

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  22. Dec 27, 2008 #21

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    On and off, 10 mins at a time is enough, i shall have to buy another towel now, this one looks a bit sorry for its self, and this is hard work or i am getting un fitter, oh well only another bazillions of fibers to scrub off.
     
  23. Dec 27, 2008 #22
    Aren't you ashamed of yourself? How do you get into such predicaments?
     
  24. Dec 27, 2008 #23

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    This could happen to any one, or even worse, like some one getting it on his toddger :rolleyes:

    I used full protection, bin bag, rubber gloves, eye glasses, all would have been well if the container had a stable bottom, it should be made law that super glue containers have fat bottoms.
     
  25. Dec 27, 2008 #24
    i'm really glad i didn't suggest MEK, now, it might've destroyed the counter. wikipedia had some suggestions other than acetone, but i didn't recognize any of them as easy to obtain at the hardware store.
     
  26. Dec 27, 2008 #25
    Acetone will disolve varnish and a variety of plastic table top surfaces. I'd experient on a remote spot before going at furnature with acetone. Orange oil might work, and it's fairly benign to mammal types without an allergy to it...
     
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