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Old Jan 09, 2002, 03:41 PM
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How do I remove epoxy from balsa?

I went a little overboard with the epoxy on some balsa. Is there anyway to remove it?

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Old Jan 09, 2002, 06:10 PM
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#40 Grit Open Coat sandpaper on an 8" disk grinder ought to do it.
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Old Jan 09, 2002, 07:32 PM
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How bout some new balsa.
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Old Jan 09, 2002, 10:25 PM
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OOPs, epoxy is forever.

If its just one lump, you might try prying it off. It will take some wood with it, and need refinishing. Nothing will dissolve it.

A Dremel tool with a sanding drum will be better than the 8" grinding wheel but it will still be ugly.

Heating it with a soldering iron will soften it and may allow removal. Use a 15W or so, not something that chars the wood.

I don't think a covering iron will get hot enough to soften it, but I may be wrong.

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Old Jan 09, 2002, 10:27 PM
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I've often removed epoxy by applying heat, like from a heat gun. It softens the epoxy and usually it can be pealed off the wood.
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Old Jan 10, 2002, 08:41 AM
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Thanks, I'll give it a try
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