How to Remove 5 Minute Epoxy

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5 Minute Epoxy is considered a permanent adhesive, but nothing lasts forever when you know how to remove it. The technique for getting rid of 5-minute epoxy involves two chemical solvents that are readily available--one at a hardware store and the other from t a grocery. Whatever you need to separate from epoxy, plan on devoting some time to the task. Epoxy, once bonded, is a dense molecular structure slow to dissolve.

Things You'll Need

  • Epoxy solvent such as Attack or a comprable brand sold in hardware stores
  • Nail polish remover containing acetone
  • Rags
  • Glass juars with screw-on lids
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Coat the bonded materials with an epoxy solvent, such as Attack with methylene chloride as the active ingredient. Work in a well ventilated area away from all flammable material. If the pieces are small enough, place in a glass jar, cover with the solvent and close the lid tightly to prevent evaporation.

  • Soak the bonded parts overnight to dissolve the epoxy.

  • Rinse the parts in acetone (nail polish remover) to separate bonded parts and remove epoxy.

  • Pour 1 tbsp. of acetone on a rag and wipe down the parts to remove lingering traces of epoxy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep all chemicals for removing poxy away from open flames.
  • Store solvents in a cool, dark place.
  • Avoid skin contact. Wash with warm soap and water if solvents come in contact with the skin.
  • Seek immediate medical aid if the chemicals are ingested. Do not induce vomiting.

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