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Acetone or not to acetone ??

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Acetone or not to acetone ??
Posted by Daprophet on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 8:15 PM
So my learning continues Tongue [:P] I am working on this Revell F/A-18 Blue angels and I just filled in the major gaps on the underside. I am using Squadron white putty and can't remember if I am supposed to use nail polish remover with or without Acetone.Question [?] Question [?] I am purposely going to remove all the raised detail anyway to learn how to use my scribing tool so I am not concerned as much about preseration as much as I am just trying to avoid damaging the plastic in the model.
Thanks everyone
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Posted by Daprophet on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 10:47 PM
I asked this question because there are several references to acetone that show up in the forum search. I know acetone will melt styrene, I guess my real question should have been phrased differently. When you use NPR and a q-tip to smooth out the putty in a seam or gap are you using the acetone free kind? Or is the quantity of acetone on a q-tip not enough to damage the plastic?

Thanks everyone

Dave
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 10:59 PM
Dave,

Your best bet is to try the technique on a bit of sprue or unused piece of kit. That way, you can experiment without potentially marring the actual kit. Some putties may react differently to solvents, so it's best to make sure before-hand.

demono69
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 12:24 AM
Let me get this straight!

You can remove excess putty with nail polish remover???

Please tell me more.

P.S. this could save me lots of sanding time....
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Posted by maddafinga on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 8:13 AM
I've heard of the technique mentioned before, but never read anything specific about it. I'd like to know more as well actually, it'd save a lot of sanding.

I'm building the same monogram f-18, just not the blue angels version. The gaps on the underside are huge, it took me a very long time to get them filled and sanded,and in the process, I lost a lot of the raised panel lines. Blah. Knowing about the nail polish remover would have helped greatly. It probably still will, as I'm sure that I'll build another monogram kit eventually.


madda
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7:02 PM
I have heard of people using denatured alcohol to remove excess putty on vinal kits before.
Mainly because you cannot sand on a vinal kit.
Never tried it my self.
I wonder what denatured alcolhol would do to a plastic kit?
I have also heard of people using Japan dryer on their kits but I do not know why.
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Posted by Keyworth on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 8:58 PM
Be very careful withthe acetone. It has the potential to score and soften the plastic you typically find in a model. Like anything new, try it on a scrap piece of plastic before you commit it to a valuable model.
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Posted by propfan on Thursday, July 17, 2003 2:25 PM
All the information is available on Internet search for www.aircraftresourcecenter.com, than Tool'n'Tips, than you find filling and the writer is Wil hendriks. I can asure to every one, that it works perfect and it save's a lott of time consuming sanding.

Happy modeling

Bert   IPMS SIG Airliners and Civil Aviation 90002

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Posted by wibhi2 on Thursday, July 17, 2003 5:16 PM
you forgot to put "http://" in the link
http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 17, 2003 9:38 PM
The article I read their said to use regular old nail polish remover.
Not the eviromentally safe or the thinned downed stuff.
Cutex is the brand they used.
I will check it out and I hope it works.
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Posted by Woody on Sunday, July 20, 2003 12:05 AM
On a side note, acetone glues plexiglass together. Wink [;)]

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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, July 20, 2003 12:19 AM
I knew that! Really!! That's chemistry stuff!!! - Ed
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 12:55 AM
Hey guys, I use the Cutex stuff that's sorta orange color and it says Acetone-Free on the bottle. It works very well. I bought some discount bin no-name acetone-free stuff once before and it didn't work at all. I even thin the putty down with it if I want to 'paint' it into various areas rather than 'paste' it.

Murray
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