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- For thinning and reducing rubber cement
- Cleans inks and spray adhesives
- Use to remove decals and labels
- Safe for all types of surfaces including most plastics
- 32 oz can
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Originally formulated for the thinning and reducing of rubber cement, Bestine Solvent & Thinner is also ideal for cleaning most surfaces. Bestine cleans up inks, spray adhesive and is an excellent parts cleaner. Over the years, Bestine has been trusted as a reliable choice for removing decals and labels from all types of surfaces, including most plastics. Acid-free.
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I searched the Web for a way to remove self-sticking postage stamps from envelopes so I could mount them in my stamp album. I found an article which told me how to use “Bestine” and talcum powder to accomplish the task. Other solvents such as “Goo Gone” work, but stain the stamp. “Un-du” did not work for me, though it contains the same main ingredient. I believe it is because “Un-du” consists of a substantially less amount of the solvent Heptane than “Bestine”.
Get yourself an eyedropper (I bought a glass one with a rubber squeeze bulb at Hobby Lobby); a container of unscented talcum powder (I bought a plastic squeeze bottle of “Windicator” from the hunting section in Wal-Mart), and a can of “Bestine” (which I bought here at Amazon.com).
Be sure to use “Bestine” in a well-ventilated space and do not use “Bestine” near an open flame or sparks. I went to http://papercement.com/msds_bestine.pdf and printed out a Material Safety Data Sheet for my own safety.
Take an envelope with self-adhesive postage stamp attached. Turn it over so that the stamp is face down and apply a couple of drops of “Bestine” via your eyedropper to the envelop side over the area where the stamp is located. You could likely apply it to the stamp itself, but I found this way works while soaking the stamp with the chemical as little as possible.
Carefully peel the stamp off the envelope. The back of the stamp will be sticky with the self-adhesive glue, so apply just enough talcum powder (“Windicator”) to the glue to remove the stickiness.
The postage stamp is now a perfect specimen to mount in your stamp album.
I have collected stamps since my childhood and with this awesome approach, I am able to continue collecting, expertly placing even the new self-adhesive stamps in my album!
I've tried a lot of similar products, and hate using them because they either leave an oily film that has to be washed, or have a horrible smell (you should avoid inhaling heptane, I'm sure, but most products either smell like gas or are scented, which is gross). This is apparently pretty pure heptane (not sure where to confirm that, the can doesn't say) so is clear, has no strong smell, and dries without leaving a noticeable residue (don't lick your hands or anything, but it's pretty clean).
The only thing is, unlike some other adhesives removers, this just dissolves glue so that you can wipe it off. I put some on a paper towel, scrub the glue a bit, getting most of it off, and then repeat with a fresh towel to make sure it doesn't dry a little sticky.
A friend recommended Bestine. I applied it to the sticker stains and the residue melted almost immediately. The pictures show a before and after and there were literally 3 seconds between the two. I also used it on some duct tape residue, that took a while longer. It needed to soak into the adhesive and then it came off fairly easily.
Just a heads up, Bestine may leave a slight white haze on some materials, but for me it wiped off and did not seem to be permanent.
There are a few warnings that one should be aware of when using Bestine. The product is highly flammable and it is NOT a good idea to smoke while utilizing this solvent. Additionally, the product is poisonous and should not be consumed. Also, the product should be used in a well ventilated room or the user will find themselves quickly becoming 'woozy' and potentially it can lead to unconsciousness. However, as long as the artist is aware of these characteristics of the product and make sure that the work area accommodates these concerns, one will find that Bestine is truly and excellent solvent and will give very good results when the need for even blending of watercolors arises. Thus, one should not be afraid to utilize the product as long as it is used properly with appropriate precautions. I do highly recommend this product as an excellent color blending solvent, particularly for use with watercolors.