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Getting rid of epoxy

Unread postAuthor: limbeh » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:40 am

Had an accident, some cured epoxy got onto a shirt that I wanted.

So now I got an epoxy stain on the shirt. To make things worse, some paper towel got caught on it. So now it's a dirty white spot.

JSR - does boiling water or the iron+paper bag method work on getting the epoxy out?

Thanks.

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Re: Getting rid of epoxy

Unread postAuthor: jsefcik » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:13 pm

limbeh wrote:Had an accident, some cured epoxy got onto a shirt that I wanted.

So now I got an epoxy stain on the shirt. To make things worse, some paper towel got caught on it. So now it's a dirty white spot.

JSR - does boiling water or the iron+paper bag method work on getting the epoxy out?

Thanks.

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Just toss it out l
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Unread postAuthor: Goats spudz » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:26 pm

White vinegar may work, if you use a Heatgun gently on it (depending on the shirt material).
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Unread postAuthor: limbeh » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:29 pm

Material is cotton. The epoxy in question is West System epoxy.

Come to think about it, I think it might actually be PVC cement which spilled on my clothes and not epoxy. I asked the PVC cement company to email me a copy of the MSDS a few weeks back, but they have kept on dragging their feet.
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Unread postAuthor: dewey-1 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:46 pm

What part number? If it is 105 then see this:

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/assets/MSDS/MSDS105.pdf
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Unread postAuthor: limbeh » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:54 pm

Yeah, it's 105. Just that it didn't mention squat about contaminated clothing.

Good thing is the shirt is gray. Bad thing is the tissue paper just had to get stuck inside.
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Re: Getting rid of epoxy

Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:54 pm

jsefcik wrote:Just toss it out l

Helpful as ever :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: mattyzip77 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:41 pm

MrCrowley wrote:
jsefcik wrote:Just toss it out l

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Unread postAuthor: Zeus » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:15 pm

Fairly concentrated nitric acid does a good job of dissolving epoxy, but your shirt might be a little nitrated afterwards.
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Unread postAuthor: limbeh » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:11 pm

What about PVC cement? Any ideas?

I only discovered after I washed my clothes, so it just sucks.
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Tallahassee » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:00 pm

Zeus wrote:Fairly concentrated nitric acid does a good job of dissolving epoxy, but your shirt might be a little nitrated afterwards.
Could be a neat way to recycle the shirt. Just don't wear it again. Can't be good for your health. :bom:
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Toluene, Xylene, and Acetone are solvent's used for PVC. They can be found at Lowes in the US and maybe home depot I'm not sure where else but no license is required.
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Unread postAuthor: daniel0663 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Acetone would work.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:14 am

Looks like you got yourself a new shirt to wear when you're using adhesives :) nothing wrong with looking smart in the garage :D
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Unread postAuthor: limbeh » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:53 am

Looks like I'll just have to write off that shirt, and look smart in the garage.
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Unread postAuthor: mr.potatohead » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:47 pm

nail polish remove could work if it has acetone in it
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