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Anti-Plastic Vial

Started by The14thDr, Feb 20, 2017, 09:14 am

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warmcanofcoke

POLLY: What are the Cybermen covered in?
BEN: As far as I know, their suit is a metal of some sort.
POLLY: Oh. What about that thing on their chests? You know, the part which replaces their heart and lungs.
BEN: Some kind of plastic, I think.
POLLY: I thought so. You see, it's simple. Nail varnish remover dissolves nail varnish. Nail varnish is a plastic. So we do what Jamie says. We sprinkle them, see?
BEN: No, I don't. Clear as mud if you ask me.
POLLY: Well anyway, I'm going to try an experiment.
BEN: Yes, Professor.
....
POLLY: What is nail varnish remover?
BEN: It's a sort of thinner, something like acetone I think.
POLLY: Acetone, of course. Great, we've got some of that. Now, keep your fingers crossed.
(Polly drops some plastic into the acetone and watches it dissolve.)
POLLY: It's works!
....
BEN: Just a moment though, if we make up a mixture.
POLLY: Of all the solvents.
BEN: What have we got?
POLLY: Benzene, ether, alcohol.
BEN: We brew a right old cocktail.
....
BEN: So, get it? This bottle holds the stuff that puts the fire out and this cylinder pushes gas into the bottle so that stuff squirts out here. Now, all we've got to do is to undo it. Phoar. Empty it and fill it with Polly cocktail.

Excerpts from The Moonbase 1967
why doesn't the Guide mention them? - Oh, it's not very accurate.
Oh? - I'm researching the new edition.

Karomak

Feb 26, 2017, 06:19 pm #16 Last Edit: Feb 26, 2017, 06:20 pm by Karomak
This is from the lid of a Sainsburys distilled witch hazel that my sister uses, just their own brand.

If you cut it down and spray it silver, it would be a good enough copy.

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What are you gonna do? Moisturize me?

-The 9th Doctor, The End Of The World, 2005.

galacticprobe

Feb 27, 2017, 04:46 am #17 Last Edit: Feb 27, 2017, 04:48 am by galacticprobe
Quote from: Karomak on Feb 26, 2017, 06:19 pm
This is from the lid of a Sainsburys distilled witch hazel...

If you cut it down and spray it silver, it would be a good enough copy.


That lid is probably a silver metal under that paint. You could try soaking it in some nail polish remover (acetone), or gasoline (petrol) for a bit to see if that paint dissolves. I know spilling petrol down the side of the car will remove some paint, at least it did on that old 1966 Valiant I had years back. (She "burped up" a lot when I had to feed her: shallow tank.) So soaking that lid in a small container should remove that white paint. Then all you'd need to do is really wash it off with soap and water.

I'm not sure what would happen to the rubber seal on the inside of the lid, but if it can stand up to acetone then it should stand up to a soak to remove the paint. Possibly. (Only suggesting that because the silver paint would rub off when you handled the lid, unless you painted it after filling your vial and never planned to open the vial again.)

As for cutting it down... I'd call it one of those "close enoughs" as is. Cutting it would be a hassle and leave a sharp edge that you's have to file smooth or fold over to avoid lacerations.

Dino.
"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"

Karomak

Quote from: galacticprobe on Feb 27, 2017, 04:46 am
Cutting it would be a hassle and leave a sharp edge that you's have to file smooth or fold over to avoid lacerations.


That was my worry. I don't want to go through the hassle just for a lid aha.
What are you gonna do? Moisturize me?

-The 9th Doctor, The End Of The World, 2005.