How to Dissolve Asphalt

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • Turpentine

  • Thick rubber gloves

  • Wire brush

  • Towel


If you do not have turpentine, diesel or kerosene works reasonably well to dissolve asphalt.


Avoid getting turpentine in your eyes.

Asphalt is normally used to bind an aggregate, such as gravel. The predominate ingredient of asphalt is bitumen which is derived from petroleum processing or can it be found in the natural environment. Asphalt has numerous uses including paving and road construction, roofing, coatings and adhesives. Whenever working with asphalt it is inevitable there will be occasions where you want to dissolve excess material.


Step 1

Locate items from which you want to dissolve asphalt.

Step 2

Place items in a bucket, and pour turpentine over them. Let items soak two to three days in a well-ventilated area.

Step 3

Put on rubber gloves and remove items from the bucket. Use a wire brush to brush off dissolved asphalt.

Step 4

Wipe turpentine from items with a dry, clean towel. If asphalt remains, repeat Steps 2 and 3.



Jeannine Lowe

Jeannine Lowe is a business technology teacher at McKenzie High School in Tennessee. She has been writing on business and marketing topics since 2007. Lowe obtained her Master of Science in education through Walden University, specializing in integrating technology into the classroom.