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How to remove epoxy from metal the easy way

Given its quick drying time and immense bonding strength, you might be alarmed if you spill epoxy glue on a shiny metal surface. Let UniBond’s easy to follow guide show you it isn’t all that hard to remove.

Remove epoxy glue from metal: The lowdown

Epoxy glue is a real power player in your DIY line-up, with its extraordinary tough bonding strength and resistance to the elements making it ideal for many projects, indoors and outdoors. However, if accidentally spilled where it isn’t wanted – such as on a clean metal surface – that extraordinary bond can suddenly work against you.

In that eventuality, speed is good. If you can act before the epoxy has dried, removing it is a doddle. But even if it has already hardened, you can still remove it with relative ease and get that metal surface looking untouched once again.

How to remove epoxy glue from metal 

If you have just spilled epoxy on metal, you can clean it without too much effort – but you’ll need to be quick. If you can act within the epoxy’s drying time (some, such as UniBond’s All Purpose 1 Minute Epoxy set really fast!) simply moisten a clean cloth with either acetone/nail polish remover, methylated spirit or white vinegar and use it to wipe away the glue.

It will take a little more effort if the epoxy has hardened, but with the following method you can still remove epoxy from metal in a matter of minutes:

  1. Loosen. Soak a clean cloth or kitchen roll in acetone-based nail polish remover, paint thinner or rubbing alcohol and press it into the hardened epoxy for several minutes, until the epoxy starts to loosen.
  2. Remove. If the epoxy has loosened to the extent that it can be wiped away with a cloth or kitchen roll, use a plastic scraper tool to gently scrape it off the metal.
  3. Clean. Once the epoxy has been removed, use a clean cloth or sponge and warm soapy water to wipe away any traces of the solvents you’ve used. Then wipe dry with a dry cloth or kitchen roll.

If you are working with polished or treated metal, it’s best to test the nail polish remover, paint thinner or rubbing alcohol on a less-visible area for potential discolouration, before you begin the removal process.

After you’ve removed epoxy from metal: Carry on with UniBond

With the spilled epoxy safely removed from your metal surface, it’s time to get back on track with your bonding project. UniBond Epoxy Repair Metal is perfect for quick permanent bonding, repairing and gap filling most metals including aluminium, brass, cast iron, copper and steel, as well as stone materials such as brick, ceramic, concrete and marble.

Fast setting in just five minutes, this two-part epoxy comes in a twin-chamber syringe that ensures equal amounts of resin and hardener are dispensed in one go. UniBond Epoxy Repair Metal can be drilled, painted and sanded, and it is also water and extreme cold and heat resistant, making it ideal for outdoor use.