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    How to remove epoxy from paint?

    I was fixing a cracked fairing on my bike and I epoxied it (quick set). Tried to remove the leftovers with a sponge. the sponge kind of disintegrated. so now it looks like there's a smear of dirt/bird **** stuck to it.

    Im pretty sure its single stage paint if that helps.

    Any idea how to get this off?

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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    These 'qiuck setting' resins are extremely tough when dried.You have to sand them down.That's why your sponge disintigrated.

    I take it you are reffering to a 2 compound mixture,which is used in bodyshops.Normally reffered to as 'filler'.

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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by finebykris View Post

    Any idea how to get this off?
    Very carefully.


    Seriously, there's a number of things you can try, can you post a picture?

    Is the bond strong where the epoxy is not supposed to be? If not maybe you can carefully scrape/chip it off with a plastic razor blade?

    Anything strong enough to dissolve the epoxy would likely be strong enough to dissolve single stage paint so strong liquid solvent are probably not going to work.

    You could try carefully sanding it off? First place blue painters tap on all the surrounding paint so that when you sand you don't put scratches in good paint.

    We have these sanding blocks for removing dirt nibs and paint runs in new paint jobs that's a possibility?


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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    its just the 5min quick set epoxy with the 2 liquids you mix.

    I'll try sanding, hopefully it works.

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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by finebykris View Post
    its just the 5min quick set epoxy with the 2 liquids you mix.

    I'll try sanding, hopefully it works.
    I know what stuff you mean.There are a lot,but they all basically do the same thing.Unfortunatley,it has set where your intention was to wipe away the excess.(In hot weather they can set even quicker. You can only try what Mike has suggested to you..

    It would help,if you could upload a pic of it.

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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    Here are some pics.
    and sanding is going to be really hard to do because of the shape of it. plus im sure i will end up sanding into the paint, which I dont want to do. theres got to be something that will remove epoxy but not paint




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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    Maybe sand it smooth and put a really cool sticker on that area?

    Or sand that section down and have a local paint store mix you some paint and put it in an aerosol can for you.?

    Maybe some Emery boards, like girls use for their fingernails?

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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    Hi.I've had a look at your pics.I think I know what kind of stuff you have used.Is it a metal alloy compound? You normally get 2 tubes and squeeze them together and mix?

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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    It seems like chipping it with a old credit card is pretty effective albeit painfully time consuming.

    Im going to try to use a peice of plexiglass because it keeps destroying the old credit cards.

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    Re: How to remove epoxy from paint?

    Is it coming off okay,without damaging the paint? If it's working okay,that's good.

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