Epoxy - how do I get it off?

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Re: Epoxy - how do I get it off?

Post by ACB » Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:20 am

You can buy a pretty strong preparation of formic acid as a kettle descaler from some ironmongers - check the label as the weaker ones are citric acid.

I got the epoxy off the topsides of my Nutshell dinghy with a hot air gun and a scraper - it came off reasonably well, but I was glad there is only nine feet of her! I know that was SP because I put it on when I built her in 1991. I replaced it with Coelan, because she is a hard working little boat, but that is another story...

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Re: Epoxy - how do I get it off?

Post by Ed » Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:40 am

My experience is that SP epoxy comes off pretty easily with a little heat.

I can't remember which, but either West or Sicomen (my current resin - which is brill) is a much tougher and a complete sod to remove, even with heat.

Guess I am going to find out soon as 18ft of jollyboat hull becons!


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