Sunday, 13 May 2012
Chemical experimentation with dettol...
Recently, I read up on stripping metal and plastic miniatures with Dettol. People seem to say it works, so I thought I'd give it a go. Dettol- check. Badly painted miniatures I inherited from my cousin - check. Let the chemical warfare commence.
1. I found bottles of this shit in Poundland. For US readers, this is a shop where everything is £1. What a bargain. This place is where dreams are made.
2. It works. Very very well indeed.
This stuff is to be feared. Obviously if it strips paint off stuff, you don't want to drink it. Or get it on your skin. I was warned to wear gloves. So I did. I found a pair of Marigolds (rubber household gloves as a reference point for non UK folks and those with a fear of household cleaning) in the cupboard below the kitchen sink. Those mothers are pretty thick, so I thought I'd risk those rather than trying out the thin latex type ones I use for spraying.
This may have been a daft decision in retrospect. Dettol seemingly dissolves rubber. The surface of the gloves got messed up real quick. and melted all over the old toothbrushes I was using to clean the miniatures up.
As you can see, resting atop an old piece of lemon and a tub of dip are a couple of toothbrushes all gunged up with melted rubber. Plus aforementioned gloves.
I think I've been lucky in that it didn't come through the gloves (I hope). Apparently I won't know until a couple of days after. If my skin starts falling off painfully, it did get through.
Bearing this in mind, I'm going to have to look up what type of gloves won't dissolve in Dettol before I use this shit again.
If I suffer any ill effects, I'll report back.
Here's a video I found the other week on Youtube.