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Getting rid of epoxy

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:40 am
Author: limbeh
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.

Limbeh

Re: Getting rid of epoxy

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:13 pm
Author: jsefcik
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.

Limbeh




Just toss it out l

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:26 pm
Author: Goats spudz
White vinegar may work, if you use a Heatgun gently on it (depending on the shirt material).

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:29 pm
Author: limbeh
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.

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:46 pm
Author: dewey-1
What part number? If it is 105 then see this:

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/assets/MSDS/MSDS105.pdf

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:54 pm
Author: limbeh
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.

Re: Getting rid of epoxy

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:54 pm
Author: MrCrowley
jsefcik wrote:Just toss it out l

Helpful as ever :roll:

Re: Getting rid of epoxy

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:41 pm
Author: mattyzip77
MrCrowley wrote:
jsefcik wrote:Just toss it out l

Helpful as ever :roll:

A high school graduate at his finest!! :D

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:15 pm
Author: Zeus
Fairly concentrated nitric acid does a good job of dissolving epoxy, but your shirt might be a little nitrated afterwards.

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Author: limbeh
What about PVC cement? Any ideas?

I only discovered after I washed my clothes, so it just sucks.

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:00 pm
Author: Mr.Tallahassee
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:
EDIT
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.

Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:04 pm
Author: daniel0663
Acetone would work.

Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:14 am
Author: jackssmirkingrevenge
Looks like you got yourself a new shirt to wear when you're using adhesives :) nothing wrong with looking smart in the garage :D

Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:53 am
Author: limbeh
Looks like I'll just have to write off that shirt, and look smart in the garage.

Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:47 pm
Author: mr.potatohead
nail polish remove could work if it has acetone in it