Removing epoxy glue
Epoxy glue is long-lasting, designed to create permanent bonding. So naturally, it’s not the easiest substance to remove so you should take care when applying the epoxy adhesive. However, if you do end up getting epoxy in the wrong place, don’t worry – there is a solution!
Removing uncured epoxy is very simple. Before the epoxy resin glue sets you can simply use white vinegar or methylated spirit on a cloth. Just make sure to wipe away the excess epoxy before it’s had time to dry.
Removing cured epoxy from surfaces
Once the epoxy hardens, it becomes more difficult to remove. However, it’s not impossible! Try one of the following methods to remove cured epoxy glue:
- Sand or scrape the area. If there’s only a small amount of dried epoxy, this technique may be sufficient.
- Use acetone. Acetone can be effective on wood or concrete surfaces. It should loosen the epoxy, so you can peel it away easily. Use acetone only in well-ventilated areas and keep it away from any flammable objects.
- Use a heat gun. You must wear thick work gloves, goggles and a mask when using a heat gun, and make sure that your skin is completely covered. Use the heat gun at a temperature of about 90 °C, aiming it at small areas of the epoxy until it softens. You can then use a plastic scraper to remove the epoxy.
- Use chemicals. If you’re removing epoxy from plastic or glass, you can use chemicals to soften the epoxy, and then scrape it away. If the epoxy has only just dried, soak a cloth in methylated spirit and wipe the surface to remove the epoxy. If the epoxy is cured and proves to be stubborn to remove, try applying paint thinner first to soften it up.
Exercise caution when using these methods, and always use protective gloves.
Removing epoxy from skin
You should avoid getting epoxy on your skin in the first place by wearing gloves. But, if you do end up getting epoxy on your skin, you need to take action quickly. Here are some methods you can try to remove epoxy adhesive:
- Vinegar: Cover the affected skin with a cloth soaked in vinegar. The adhesive should start to soften and come away from the skin. Vinegar works on both cured and uncured epoxy adhesive.
- Acetone: Apply acetone to a cotton bud or paper towel and rub gently until the adhesive comes away. Acetone is flammable, so take care when using it. Work in a well-ventilated area away from any flammable objects, and clean your skin carefully afterwards.
- Citrus-based waterless hand cleaners: This is probably the item you’re least likely to have to hand, but it’s softest on your skin. Pour the hand cleaner on your skin, then scrub and rinse under warm water.
Epoxy glue and the substance you use to remove it can both be harsh on your skin. Once you’ve removed the epoxy, use a hand lotion to soothe your skin.