Epoxy is great in terms of gluing stuff together & we appreciate it very much. For this same gluing nature, it’s challenging to remove from any surface like wood, metal, aluminum, and so on.
Whether you’re a professional or beginner, doing an epoxy job can cause accidental epoxy sticking here and there. If you don’t know the correct way of removing epoxy from a certain surface, you won’t be able to clean it no matter how hard you try.
If you’ve already done something wrong working with epoxy & trying to remove it from the surface, then this article is for you. Stay tuned as I’ll be explaining how to remove epoxy from any surface like – wood, metal, aluminum, porcelain, glass, etc.
Can You Remove Epoxy Resin?
Yes, you can remove epoxy resin from almost every surface you can imagine. Please keep in mind, epoxy acts great as glue & it won’t be an easy task to remove it from surfaces it’s meant to be glued. Though epoxy removal projects are tiring & time-consuming, it isn’t impossible.
Things You’ll Need To Remove Epoxy From Any Surface:
From wood to metal, you can remove epoxy from any surface. Fair enough, all the removal process isn’t the same & you’ll need different equipment or products to get your work done. These products listed below should satisfy all the need to remove epoxy from any surface.
- Heat Gun
- Acetone/ Alcohol/ Denatured Alcohol
- Sandpaper & Scrapper
- Chemicals – Methylated Spirit & Paint Thinner
- Cloth/Paper Towel
- Small Pot
Precautions While Working On Epoxy Removal Project
Epoxy resin is non-toxic. It will cause minimal threats even if you touch, inhale, or ingest. However, Epoxy fumes can hurt you in various ways. For example, it can cause inflammation of the throat, nose & lungs & irritation. That’s why you should take proper safety measures before starting your epoxy removal project. These pieces of equipment I’ve mentioned below will keep you safe while working:
- Respirator (Or, any high-quality mask-like KN95)
- Safety Glass
- Protective Clothing (Optional)
- Well-Ventilated Workspace
How To Remove Epoxy From Wood
You can use a heat gun to remove epoxy from wood. Epoxy performs greatly gluing wooden furniture. But, splashing epoxy unintentionally can cause lots of trouble. However, you can remove epoxy from wood using a heat gun & scrapper.
First of all, collect a heat gun to start this removal process. Epoxy bonds start to break at 140 to 160 degree Celsius. That’s why set the temperature at 180 to 200 degrees & move the heat gun in a circular motion. Make sure you’re keeping the heat gun several inches above so that you don’t burn the wood. At this moment, epoxy should be dissolved & you can remove it using a scraper.
How To Remove Epoxy From Metal
To remove epoxy from metal, start with soaking metal with acetone. Let the acetone stay for 15 to 30 minutes & it will break the epoxy bonds. Now you can use a scraper to loosen the epoxy entirely. Later on, use soapy water to clean & wash the metal.
Make sure you’re protecting yourself with a mask & working in a well-ventilated area before you start removing epoxy from metal. Also, don’t forget to wear a high-quality mask.
How To Remove Epoxy From Countertop
Epoxy from the countertop can be removed easily using the combination of acetone, a little bit of heat & scrapper. However, it also depends on what material is used to build the countertop. If it’s from wood, I wouldn’t recommend using acetone & heat at the same time.
To remove epoxy from metal made countertop, pour some acetone on the surface. Let it dry for some time & start heating the affected area with the heat gun. Set the temperature at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Later on, clean the surface with a scraper.
How To Remove Epoxy From Paint
Removing epoxy from painted furniture is possible with a heat gun, but it will surely affect paint’s glossiness. If you’ve accidentally used epoxy on painted furniture, don’t panic. You can remove it using the right combination of heat, scrapping & washing.
To remove epoxy from paint, try heating the surface from 5 to 6 inches above. Make sure the temperature of the heat gun is around 180 to 200 degree Fahrenheit. After a while, the epoxy resin should dissolve & you can take it off using a scraper. Though the paint’s glossiness won’t be the same, you can give it a clean look by washing it with soapy water.
How To Remove Epoxy From Aluminum
You can remove epoxy from aluminium using boiled water & scrapper. If the aluminium product is small enough to fit in a bucket, you can apply this procedure to remove epoxy from aluminium.
Take the aluminium object & put it on a stream basket. Pour water into the basket & make sure the basket isn’t entirely filled(Minimum 1 inch gap is mandatory). Now stream for 30 minutes & remove the aluminium object using tongs. Finally, use a scraper to remove epoxy quickly.
How To Remove Epoxy From Sink
You can remove epoxy from the sink (such as Porcelain sink) using acetone & scrapper. You’ll need acetone or acetone-based nail-polish to perform this task. Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated workspace while working with acetone.
Pour some acetone or acetone-based nail-polish on the affected area & wait for 15 to 30 minutes. After the waiting period, you’ll notice epoxy is slowly dissolving. Now use the scraper to remove epoxy from the sink & wash it with soapy water if needed.
How To Remove Epoxy From Porcelain
You can remove epoxy from Porcelain with a heat gun or acetone depending on your personal preferences. However, don’t use both elements at the same time while working on a Porcelain surface.
I would recommend using a heat gun if you’ve one. It’s safer & convenient. To use a heat gun with porcelain, set the temperature at 70 to 80 degrees Celsius & break the epoxy bonds. Later on, you can use a scraper to remove epoxy from porcelain quickly. If you wish to use acetone, keep the acetone for 10 to 20 minutes before scrapping the epoxy using any plastic or metal
How To Remove Epoxy From Fiberglass
You can remove epoxy from fiberglass using paint thinner, heat gun & scrapper. If you’ve accidentally splashed epoxy over a fiberglass surface, don’t panic & follow the method I’ve mentioned below.
Apply the paint thinner in the epoxy affected area & spread it thoroughly. Wait for some moments before heating the fiberglass surface with a heat gun. After heating the surface with a heat gun or blow torch, remove the epoxy using a scraper.
How To Remove Epoxy From Glass
You can remove epoxy from glass using isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol. Epoxy works great at sealing cracked window pane. For this same reason, it becomes a headache when you misplace the epoxy.
To remove epoxy from glass, soak the affected surface with isopropyl & gently rub it until it gets loosened enough. Don’t hesitate to use denatured alcohol if you find it difficult to dissolve or loosen epoxy using isopropyl. After it gets loosened completely, remove it entirely using any scraper too. Don’t forget to wash the glass thoroughly after the complete epoxy removal.
Top 5 Tips For Removing Epoxy From Any Surface
You already know how to remove epoxy from any (almost) surface. Still, take these 5 tips from me to make your epoxy removal project more effective & safe:
- Don’t use a heat gun & acetone at the same time because acetone is highly flammable.
- A well-ventilated workspace is a must while working with epoxy resin.
- Don’t rub acetone bare-handed. Use gloves & clothes to do this task.
- It’s almost universal that scrappers will damage the wood surface while removing epoxy. So, get ready to repaint the wood surface after the epoxy removal process.
- Boiling water is a great alternative to chemicals, but it will discolor the surface (most of the time).
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ
What Dissolves Cured Epoxy Resin?
Acetone can dissolve the cured epoxy resin. To dissolve & eventually remove cured epoxy resin, you can use acetone. Apply acetone on the epoxy affected area using a cotton swab & gently rub the area until it’s dissolved properly. Later on, you can use a cloth to wipe out the epoxy resin.
How Do You Remove Epoxy That is Not Cured?
You can remove epoxy even if it’s uncured. For this purpose, you can use isopropyl alcohol. Just soak the affected area with isopropyl alcohol & wait for some minutes. After a while, you’ll be able to remove or clean uncured epoxy from surfaces. It’s worth mentioning that – you can use acetone too, for this task.
How Do You Fix Epoxy Mistakes?
Several kinds of epoxy mistakes can occur during work, such as – the epoxy mixture isn’t curing on time, failure in epoxy bond, cloudy epoxy & so on. Though different mistakes need different treatment, the one common fix is to remove epoxy entirely. After removing epoxy, be careful with your next epoxy implantation.
I hope this article helped you know the complete process of removing epoxy from any surface. If you’re getting started with epoxy resin, it’s common to make mistakes while applying epoxy appropriately.
Don’t worry whether you’ve splashed epoxy over wood or metal; you can always remove it. Some of the elements used for epoxy removal are highly flammable or toxic & that’s why safety should be your priority doing this job.