Why does acetone take paint off of surfaces?



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    Acetone simply dissolves the paint molecules. It starts with the topmost layer, giving up electrons from its hydrogen molecules to react with the paint. Because of the way oxygen and carbon are bonded in the acetone molecule, furthermore, it mixes easily with water and hence paint. This allows liquid acetone to soften paint sufficiently that it can be wiped off a surface without damaging the original surface beneath it.

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