cleaning greasy yellow bones

Submitted by Fred on 9/15/04 at 4:49 PM. ( )

An complete horse skeleton reached my artist workshop (Mexico) 2 days ago. It has been put together by the local veterinary school students and they didn't do such a good job at it. The skeleton is dark yellow for lack of previous degreasing. Worst of all, it has been varnished. Now, my question is: is it possible to clean the thing thouroughly, varnish and tarnish included, and give it that nice white look?

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Try it and find out....

This response submitted by Raven on 9/15/04 at 8:22 PM. ( )

Strip the old coating off with acetone then give it all a good long soak (liek amonth) in a solution of Rittles Super Solvent and see how it looks. If it's helping - change the water and soak it some more.

Be sure you get all the clear coating off before attempting to degrease though.

Good luck - post again and let us know how it turned out! =)

Thanks to raven

This response submitted by Fred on 9/15/04 at 8:52 PM. ( )

I heard about that wonderful Super solvent... I hope that I will be able to find it in Mexico. Hopefully something similar will be available. Anyway, thanks for the tip. I shall let you know how I got on. Cheerio!

What is the chemical formula of Rittel super solvent?

This response submitted by Fred on 9/15/04 at 9:50 PM. ( )

Raven, you might know that. Thinking of it now, that Rittel super stuff might not be available in Mexico under that brand name. It's composition will help to find a similar product though. Mind, Rittel might be copyrighted...

Just order it and have it shipped...

This response submitted by Raven on 9/15/04 at 11:12 PM. ( )

Click on the word >>> Rittel <<< and it will link you to Bruce Rittels site. Order it from there and he can ship it to you. I live in Canada and had it sent here. Im doing cetacea material (whales and dolphins) with it and it's incredible. I am REALLY impressed with how well it worked. I'll be ordering a lot of it for my own projects.


This response submitted by tom on 9/15/04 at 11:30 PM. ( )

What cetaceans are you doing and how good is it? Humpback? Gray? Dolphins?

I sent a mail

This response submitted by Fred on 9/15/04 at 11:34 PM. ( )

Well, Raven, I did just that (clicked on Rittels site). You are fine in Canada because Rittels's got 3 distributors there. I will send them a mail in a minute and check out if chemical products can be air shipped to Mexico. It's not an easy thing nowadays.
I will manage something somehow. Thanks a milion for your help

I got mine...

This response submitted by Raven on 9/16/04 at 2:30 PM. ( )

Fred; I got mine straight from Bruce... didn't know there were Canadian distributors, it came to me from the US.

Tom; As the cetacea I am doing are for my employer I cannot give specific information as to specimens or who they are for etc. I can say though that the Super Solvent is working incredibly well. I traditionally have used acetone etc. for degreasing but there is a law restricting it's use to 5 gallons in an open container. No where near large enough for the stuff we have. This made me post a few months back asking for a non flammable product that would do the job, and that good old Dawn detergent just wasn't 'cutting' it. Bruce sent me a sample of his Super Solvent and I have absolutely fallen in love with the stuff! All of my own osteo prep projects will rely on Super Solvent to degrease - no doubts whatsoever! Bring on the bear skulls!

That's right

This response submitted by Fred on 9/16/04 at 10:05 PM. ( )

Raven, I got an answer from the Rittel top man and there is no problem to ship his products UPS to Mexico. That's excellent news, that is. Well, now, I shall give that super solvent a try very soon and hope to rave about it too. A million thanks for your time.

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