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How to remove epoxy from concrete

If you need to know how to remove epoxy from concrete, then check out these tips. We’ll tell you everything you need to get the job done!

Do you need to remove epoxy from concrete? 

When you are using an epoxy glue on concrete, it’s easy to have a little spill. Or maybe you just dropped the mixing tray face down on the floor? These things happen. But don’t worry, there is a solution.

Epoxies are two-part adhesives comprised of a hardener and a resin which, when mixed, form an incredibly strong bond.

Removing epoxy from a concrete floor before it cures

It is always best to clean up the mess before it dries and hardens. This is what you need:

  • acetone or isopropyl alcohol
  • a clean rag and paper towels
  • a pair of nytril gloves

When using epoxies you should be wearing gloves anyway, so all you need to do is soak the rag in the acetone or alcohol and rub the area of spillage thoroughly. Allow the liquid to soak in and then clean off with a dry cloth or paper towel. Sand down with wet-and-dry abrasive paper if necessary, to help it blend in with the surrounding area.

How to remove cured epoxy glue from concrete 

The best way to remove epoxy from a concrete floor once it has cured is to use a tool such as a putty knife or a chisel and just scrape away. If necessary, use a hammer to break up the epoxy.

However, to avoid damaging the surface, it is better to use a plastic scraper after first softening the epoxy. To do this, use a combination of acetone and heat. This produces vapors that can irritate your eyes and lungs, so precautions need to be taken. Wear a mask and goggles, and only do this in a well-ventilated area.

After you have removed the hardened epoxy, you can now employ a rag and acetone to mop up any residue. This is especially beneficial for polished concrete floors to return them to their natural shine.

Choosing the right epoxy

If you are sealing a crack in a concrete floor or have some metal object you need to adhere to concrete, then LePage Epoxy Steel is the glue for you! This specifically formulated epoxy comes in a convenient syringe dispenser for easy application in large and small areas. It cures to a metallic gray finish and can be sanded when dried to blend in with the surface.

When applying epoxy to a vertical surface, you need LePage Gel Epoxy. This is a special non-drip gel epoxy, which dries translucent in only six minutes. Save the headache of cleaning epoxy spills by preventing them in the first place!

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