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Unread postAuthor: qwerty » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:11 am

I, myself, am a messy person and everytime i use epoxy i seem to get it on my hands :D Anyway its really hard to get off so does anyone know the best way to get epoxy off my hands :)
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Unread postAuthor: theBOOM » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:13 am

Hm lol happen to me everytime I deal with epoxy either 1 wash it off multiple times until you see some getting off.. if its to stubborn let it be and it will be gone the next day (unless its a huge chunk of epoxy) or 2 be more carefl and put up some cheapo plastics gloves to protect yourself.....
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:13 am

dishwashing liquid + small brush/abrasive cloth/sand (yes, sand)

...but the best solution is to wear latex gloves and avoid getting it on your skin in the first place, it also avoids getting fingerprints on your launcher, you never know ;)
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Unread postAuthor: theBOOM » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:18 am

Thought you would come in soon... hm why would you hide fingerprints from your launcher.. if its in your property I guess its still yours...... :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: metalmeltr » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:23 am

If you wait a few days it will just come off because nothing can prementally bond to human skin. If you want it off now try some acetone or lacquer thinner.
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:02 am

A utility knife works best.

You will never forget to use gloves the next time.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:29 am

metalmeltr wrote:If you wait a few days it will just come off because nothing can permanently bond to human skin.


Never had a girlfriend eh?
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Unread postAuthor: metalmeltr » Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:54 pm

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:
metalmeltr wrote:If you wait a few days it will just come off because nothing can permanently bond to human skin.


Never had a girlfriend eh?
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Unread postAuthor: maverik94 » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:50 pm

For fresh JB weld, I just saturate a paper towel with some naptha (paint thinner/lighter fluid, whatever you wanna call it) and whipe my hands with the towel, then rinse my hands with water. That works pretty well for me.
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Unread postAuthor: boyntonstu » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:06 pm

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:dishwashing liquid + small brush/abrasive cloth/sand (yes, sand)

...but the best solution is to wear latex gloves and avoid getting it on your skin in the first place, it also avoids getting fingerprints on your launcher, you never know ;)


Instead of sand use sugar crystals.
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:50 pm

sugar would dissolve :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:55 pm

rp181 wrote:sugar would dissolve :roll:


but licking your fingers afterwards...mmm...
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:13 pm

rp181 wrote:sugar would dissolve :roll:

A couple of pinches of sugar is good for getting grease off hands. Not sure about epoxy though.

metalmeltr wrote:If you wait a few days it will just come off because nothing can permanently bond to human skin.

Things can very well permanently bond to skin. The fact is that skin is shed over time, so your skin isn't permanently bonded to you...
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Unread postAuthor: Insomniac » Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:13 pm

The syringes of epoxy always seem to recommend acetone for getting it off, and it does seem to do a decent job.

However, I've heard that the resulting acetone/epoxy mix can absorb into your skin, which isn't good. Not sure if there's any truth in that but the site that said it recommended using vinegar instead, which I've tried and it does work.
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Unread postAuthor: mark.f » Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:41 pm

Acetone will dehydrate you very quickly, from my experiences. In any case one wouldn't do well to rub acetone into their hands to remove epoxy.

I usually just rub my hands on my jeans whenever I get epoxy on them, and then peel the stuff off whenever the little bit that's left dries.
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