Customs: where to find 94% alcohol in Canada?

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  1. SMOG

    SMOG Vocab-champion ArgueTitan

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    I've been hearing for a while now that 94% alcohol is the thing to take paint off toys. I've been using 70%, and though usually it gets the job done, there's still a lot of scrubbing involved... and then there are some paints it just won't touch.

    So I went to my local pharmacy. They didn't sell it, though they used it behind the counter (no idea what for). They said they get their stuff from the liquor commission. I thought that was kind of odd, but it was only a block away.

    At the liquor commission, the clerk directed me to some fancy food-grade 94% alcohol for mixing drinks... at $60 a bottle!!! Screw that!

    So here's the question... where can I find industrial-purpose 94% alcohol for paint stripping in Canada? And for a reasonable price... I expected it to cost more than the $1 bottle of 70% I have, but not quite THAT much! :) 

    Anyone got a hook-up for me? ;) 

    zmog
     
  2. Nemesis Predaking

    Nemesis Predaking Offical Enforcer WTF@TFW Veteran

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    I get my 99% Iso Alcohol at Prama Plus, it's with the rest of the first aid supplies.
     
  3. TTT

    TTT OutOfCommissionToys.com

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    I get 99% at Costco(drug store misc. aisle) 4 pack of 500ml for $7 & change I think.

    *EDIT*

    4 X 500ml @ $7.49
     
  4. gericault

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    yeppers, six bucks or so at shoppers drug mart (pharmaprix for us quebequer types) in the first aid section...
    works pretty damn well, though sometimes ya gotta scrub a little (leave the pieces in for a day or so; it helps)
     
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    ah.. 99%?

    I was looking in a pharmacy the first time, and turned up nothing... and more, had the pharmacist send me off on the wild goose chase to the liquor commission. WTF? I'm fairly certain I don't LOOK like a rummy or a frat boy (though in the case of the latter, I guess it would be that time of year). :( 

    Is it just me, or does it seem really weird that the pharmacy would be getting 94% alcohol from the liquor store at outrageous prices (I presume they would be using it for sterilization and "medical" purposes), rather than stocking 99% medical grade alcohol?

    Meh. I guess I'm off to find a pharmacy with a good first aid section! And if I find it, I'm gonna go back to that pharmacist at the Jean Coutu and give her a piece of my mind.

    Thanks guys!

    zac
     
  6. anovasinn

    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    how come no one ever mentions denatured alcohol when this question is asked i think it is the same thing and can be bought at a hardware store by asking for it by name.

    anyways if it is not the same thing it is what i use and it works the same way
     
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    Denatured Alcohol? This is the first I've heard of it, but if my local pharmacies don't pan out, that will be my next plan. Thanks. :) 

    zmog
     
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    easy off oven cleaner takes off everything
     
  9. anovasinn

    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    yeah i have used it with great success i have heard it mentioned maybe once in forums. so i did some research from wickpedia then bought some.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denatured_alcohol

    anyways i am not sure how it does with window plastic or other soft plastic. i have used it in the same prescribed way as 90% ispro except i never submerged or soaked a part with it.
     
  10. Ramrider

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    I've had the same sort of trouble trying to find high-concentration alcohol in the UK. I asked in Boots (major chain pharmacy if you didn't know), and the strongest they had was about 2%!

    Thinners work to some extent, but you've got to be really careful to avoid damaging the plastic.
     
  11. thor20

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    It sounds vrazy but I've used Castrol Super clean with great success. It doesn't harm the plastic but every bit of paint will be taken off.
     

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