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How to dissolve PVC thermoplastic

  1. Jul 3, 2010 #1
    How would i dissolve the pvc thermoplastic on electrical wires? (with chemicals that are attainable easily from stores)
     
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  3. Jul 3, 2010 #2
    Do you simply want to remove the thermoplastic from the wires? If so, you could heat the wires to 80-90 degrees celcius, near the melting temperature, and peel it off, I suppose.

    The type of PVC you talk about is likely an addition polymer (as opposed to a radical polymer), which probably doesn't dissolve easily, due to the high molecular weight and strong intermolecular Van der Waals forces.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2010 #3

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    Acetone dissolves PVC.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2010 #4
    I was just going to suggest this. Acetone messes up just about any plastic.
     
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