How to dissolve rubber cement

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How to dissolve rubber cement
It is possible to dissolve rubber cement with solvent-dissolving products. (bottle of glue on black marble image by phizics from

Rubber cement is an adhesive comprised of elastic polymers mixed with a solvent. This allows the polymers to be fluid enough to be utilised. Rubber cement works by the solvent evaporating, leaving behind the "rubber" ingredient, which forms a very strong bond. Rubber cement is used in the arts for its damage-free removal properties, and in other areas in which glue is needed for its strong-bond properties. Removing rubber cement requires you to dissolve it, which can be done quite easily with white spirit.

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Things you need

  • Clean hand cloths
  • White spirit

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  1. 1

    Apply white spirit on a clean hand cloth until the cloth is damp.

  2. 2

    Place the damp cloth directly on top of the rubber cement glue.

  3. 3

    Keep the cloth on top of the rubber cement for at least several hours. This will soften and dissolve the rubber cement glue.

  4. 4

    Remove the rubber cement glue by wiping it away with a clean hand cloth.

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