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Non Life Sciences => Chemistry => Topic started by: Karsten on 25/11/2009 23:38:30

Title: Which chemical dissolves the color on magazine pages?
Post by: Karsten on 25/11/2009 23:38:30
We used to do that in art class: Spray some alcohol on magazine pages, turn them upside down and transfer the colors onto something else. At least I think it was alcohol. Rubbing alcohol seems to not work with magazines in the USA. What do I need to use?
Title: Which chemical dissolves the color on magazine pages?
Post by: Karsten on 05/12/2009 22:28:10
I tried Acetone too. No luck. Anyone know anything here? I mean, regarding my problem? Should I post my question in "technology"?
Title: Which chemical dissolves the color on magazine pages?
Post by: Chemistry4me on 05/12/2009 22:38:35
Have you tried boiling the magazine in the alcohol?
Of course, I don't think you would want to get it soaked but you know...
Title: Which chemical dissolves the color on magazine pages?
Post by: RD on 06/12/2009 04:09:41
Toluene ? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toluene)   Xylene ? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylene)

Don't let the kiddies get their hands on this stuff: highly inflammable and sniffable (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inhalants).


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Xylene transfer: Xylene (Home Depot) and old rags. *This method is toxic I do it outside wearing a respirator and thick rubber gloves. Please read warning labels as well. Toner based photocopies or laser copies and a burnishing tool. This method is good for paper, wood, fabric.
http://www.ebsqart.com/artMagazine/za_513.htm
Title: Which chemical dissolves the color on magazine pages?
Post by: Vercingetorix on 16/12/2009 17:53:09
Water is enough for the papers hanging on my desk :)

Green chemistry!!!
Title: Which chemical dissolves the color on magazine pages?
Post by: SeanB on 16/12/2009 19:09:49
Do  a colour photocopy with a laser printer and transfer the image by using a hot dry iron to melt the toner onto the receptor surface. Use a overhead transparency film for better results, or for the best use a t shirt transfer sheet that you soak in water to release, it has a soluble film on one side that releases the toner.

If you use inkjet printers then a misting with water or methanol/ethanol will transfer well, albeit with some image bleed. Try the steam iron in this case.

The big issue with current magazine inks is that they are now almost all rubber/water based, and are heat/UV cured during the print process to stop the ink from transferring to your hands during handling. This makes then pretty much insensitive to solvents, as they have changed chemically due to the heat or UV curing.