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How To Remove Epoxy?

Epoxy resin can be defined as a sort of permanent adhesive, plastic, paint or other synthetic materials that get hardened after being cooled. Clearing uncured or non-curing epoxy off the surface could be a challenging task. Here are a few tips on how to remove epoxy by Xtreme Polishing Systems:

Freezing epoxy - Refrigerant spray works magic when it comes to dropping down the temperature of anything and freezing it. When refrigerant is sprayed on epoxy, it is turned brittle that can be chipped away using the putty knife or any sharp object. Experts at XPS makes sure that no more than adequate pressure on epoxy is laid and no surface is damaged.

Using heat gun - This is another way we use to remove epoxy resin. The heat gun (at about 200o F) is aimed at epoxy for a few minutes to soften it and later the liquid (or the gel-like) epoxy is scrapped off the surface. To remove the remaining material and smooth the surface, sandpaper is used over the affected area.

Thinning it by using acetone - This one can be a great complementary method to remove epoxy off the wooden surface as heating wood could, in fact, burn the wood. Acetone gets soaked into wooden surfaces and softens. It can then be removed by slipping a putty knife or razor under it. If it is attached to plastic, marble, concrete floors, or metal surface chemicals like acetone or alcohol, it does not penetrate into the internal layers.

Opting for other chemicals - We also use other chemicals such as methylene chloride can to remove epoxy resin, although, we do not advise it otherwise as it has been classified as highly toxic carcinogen.

A few more tips from Xtreme Polishing Systems on how to remove epoxy:
  • While using chemicals like acetone follow safety warnings and provide sufficient ventilation - it may otherwise be hazardous.
  • For wooden surfaces brush the liquid epoxy off in the direction parallel to direction of grain by using light wire brush.
Finally cleaning up (XPS makes sure to complete the task in hand):
  • Disposing of resin residue and empty containers of chemicals is important.
  • ALWAYS dispose of epoxy residue and hardener in the solid state.
  • Use gentle detergent and water mixture to clean hardener residue.
  • Dispose it off away from combustible materials.
  • Dispose it off away from combustible materials.
  • Following federal, state or local regulations before disposal of epoxy residue has also to be taken into consideration.