One of the large alabaster bowls I sent to Tucson broke in shipping
and in order to show it I glued it with superglue. The bowl in
question is back at home now and I need to gently undo those joints
to restore it properly.
The technical challenge is that the bowl is big, about the size of a
half beachball, and the superglue joints are not tight. Even if I
were to swaddle it in aluminum foil and fill it with acetone this
would quickly leak out. The prospect of having two gallons of acetone
leak onto my floor is not an appealing one and Canadian winter makes
it problematical to do this - or anything else - outdoors.
I understand that water will weaken a cyanoacrylate bond and hence
have the bowl submerged. However after 24 hours nothing useful has
Is there perhaps a non-volatile dissolving agent I can paint onto
the joints? Or a reagent I can add to the water (maybe sodium
hydroxide?) that will reliably attack the cyanoacrylate? Any
experience-based recommendations will be seriously welcome.