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.