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Aaaahhh! Attack of the turpentine!

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  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: SoCal
Aaaahhh! Attack of the turpentine!
Posted by PKorson2 on Saturday, June 25, 2016 9:41 PM

A few weeks ago I put an oil-turpentine wash on an ejection seat but when I tried removing the excess, all the future and underlying paint (MM enamel) came off with it! Crying So I figured, "wow this stuff must be good for stripping paint" and I tried just that today. I filled a small plastic cup with the turpentine and put a pilot (which had been painted months ago, again MM enamel) in and sure enough, the paint started flaking away. After a while I decided to take the pilot out but when I tried opening the platic lid, turpentine somehow splashed everywhere without it even being open! It was immediately evacuated to the backyard and after an hour or two I came back and discovered that the turpentine had actually melted the plastic cup! The poor pilot is now covered in the stuffBoo Hoo What is this evil turpentine!? Did the devil make it himself??!

Anyways, what can I do to avoid the turpentine from eating away the future? I also found out that Solvaset eats away future so would multiple coats solve both of these issues?

As for the melted cup, I'll just use glass ones from now on.


  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, June 27, 2016 10:36 PM

Turpentine is commonly used for thinning and cleaning airbrushes and brushes. Yeah it can strip enamels too. NEVER use plastic cups or styrofoam cups when using any type of cleaning solvent. I know first hand what happens to styrofoam and paper cups when using thinner. 

My go-to wash is Model Master Black Detail Wash. Water removes excess wash. They do come in other colors as well.

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, June 27, 2016 11:25 PM

Turpentine turns out to be a great solvent for epoxy too.

For washes I use Turpenoid, which is a petroleum distillate and not nearly so caustic, not to mention stinky.

And yes, Sol will mess up Future.

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 1:24 AM

You used the "natural" turpentine didn't you?

Better to use mineral turpentine/mineral spirits/white spirits as mentioned above.

  • Member since
    April, 2009
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:11 AM

This reminds me of the chemist who invented a solvent that would dissolve anything.  The only problem was, he couldn't  find anything to keep it in!

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:04 AM

It doesn't take a very strong solvent to eat up styrofoam, but many types of plastic work fine with turpentine.  However, never use lacquer thinner with most plastics.  There are some plastics that are okay with lacquer thinner, but they are rare- not as common, and you need to know what you are doing to use lacquer thinner in plastic containers.

I save those plastic containers that many powdered drinks come in- they work fine with turpentine/mineral spirits.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: SoCal
Posted by PKorson2 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:11 PM

Unfortunately I was never warned of this with turpentine.Indifferent I knew about lacquer thinner melting plastic but not turpentine. I'm not sure what type of plastic the cup was only that it was one of those tiny transleucent cups restaurants will give you if you have leftover salsa 

  • Member since
    March, 2016
Posted by ardvark002 on Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:45 PM
how do they get non-stick pan surface to stick to the pan?


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