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How do you remove epoxy?

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Uncured epoxy is removed by scraping off as much of the spilled epoxy as possible and then removing any epoxy residue by wiping it from a surface with a rag dampened with rubbing alcohol. Remove cured epoxy by heating it up prior to scraping it off.

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  1. Heat the cured epoxy

    Check to see if the epoxy is uncured or cured. If uncured, it becomes slightly wet and mobile. Cured epoxy is hard and does not respond to attempts to move it. Heat up the cured epoxy using a heat gun and set to a temperature of about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This reduces the viscosity of the epoxy, making it easier to remove.

  2. Scrape up the epoxy

    Scrape up both uncured and cured epoxy with a stiff plastic or metal scraper. Plastic scrapers tend to scratch the surface the epoxy is on less than metal scrapers, but metal scrapers are best used with heated epoxy. Remove as much of the epoxy as possible, leaving nothing but a light residue.

  3. Remove the residue

    Remove the remaining epoxy residue by rubbing up the epoxy with a clean cloth that was dipped in rubbing alcohol. Use a circular motion to rub off the epoxy, switching the piece of cloth as needed to keep the surface of the cloth being used as dry as possible.

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