how do u dissolve

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by scratch, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. scratch

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    Pls does any one know of a way to dissolve cured epoxy.
    THANKS
     
  2. Kermit2

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    Judging by what it does to epoxy paints; Brake fluid might soften it given sufficient time.
     
  3. Darkstar

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    Dissolving cured epoxy is not easy. It requires a fairly concentrated solution of potassium hydroxide in water. The epoxy is immersed in the solution and it is boiled until the epoxy gradually dissolves. If the epoxy has a filler in it such as silica, forget it. To dissolve the silica requires an acid so you would have to alternate between acid and base. I had to do this once at work and had to have an identifiable IC in the end. It took hours to dissolve just a microscopic layer, so it was not feasable to do.
     
  4. KJ6EAD

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    There are plenty of methylene chloride based epoxy removers available. Jasco and Attack are two.
     
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