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A Computer Keyboard Melting In Acetone


You might not be familiar with acetone, but the solvent is very good at dissolving plastics, artificial fibers, and paints, which is why it’s used in paint thinner and nail polish remover.

image/text credit: Amazing Timelapse

Watching a plastic keyboard melt away in a pool of acetone at least provides some cathartic satisfaction.This is a regular pc keyboard dipped in acetone for over 70 hours. This is the satisfying result after more than 11.000 photos, enjoy.

This is a video from Youtube channel Amazing Timelapse (previously) of an entire computer keyboard being dissolved in acetone over the course of 70 hours (the video was actually created from 11,000 photos, or around 157 per hour).


Acetone, also called dimethylketone or propanone, chemical formula (CH₃)₂C=O, is a commonly used, relatively inexpensive solvent. A solvent is a medium not intended to react with a chemical, but to dissolve it so that the dissolved chemical — the solute — can be put to some practical use. Solvents often come into contact with plastics. How a plastic interacts with a solvent is a matter of serious concern.