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    Epoxy removeal

    Hi Guy's,

    I've been looking on line but thought I'd ask here as there's lots of clever bugga's around!
    I need a way to remove epoxy (not sure what type) that was used for mounting bases on an alloy receiver.
    The receiver is black, probably anodized and I don't want to mark it.

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    if its araldite etc, get it hot and then wipe it off with a cloth with acetone on it.
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    And keep the hot source away from the acetone or you'll remove your eyebrows
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    Anodized receiver? What type of firearm and is there anything near the bases that would be affected by the removal process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauser308 View Post
    Anodized receiver? What type of firearm and is there anything near the bases that would be affected by the removal process?
    It's a Browning Maral. Nothing near the bases (already removed), I just don't want anything unsightly/damaging. The bases were horrible alloy ones and I want something a little more in keeping with the look.

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    Gentle heat will soften it but be really carefull of the anodising. If its Araldite it should come off ok if you go slow and use the acetone rag as well.
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    adjustable heat gun is the thing, take it up a bit at a time till it softens . . .
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    Hmmm. Wouldn't use heat on the ali unless I really had to, would look at epoxy removal solvent - keep wiping it on with a wood stick cotton bud - the medical type until the resin soaks it in and softens. Not ideal in a closed room though.
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    Bunnings sell an adjustable heat gun for $40.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauser308 View Post
    Hmmm. Wouldn't use heat on the ali unless I really had to, would look at epoxy removal solvent - keep wiping it on with a wood stick cotton bud - the medical type until the resin soaks it in and softens. Not ideal in a closed room though.
    Why not use heat on aluminium? Most of the the epoxies soften at about 50C. In the past I've used aluminium pots and pans to cook with and even melt lead in. It is also used in vehicle radiators that are designed to cope with water above 100C entering them, the anti boil and pressure cap are there to keep raise the boiling temperature.
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    If you are worried about heat warping, heat the whole piece in an oven, 50-60 deg C will plasticise most quickset epoxies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    If you are worried about heat warping, heat the whole piece in an oven, 50-60 deg C will plasticise most quickset epoxies.
    Yep the oven technique works great.
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    Dishwasher what a great way of degreasing and cleaning engine parts!

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    What a freaking good idea !!!!


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    Must have a bloody big oven and dishwasher to fit a rifle in!! Guess we are talking just the action though

 

 

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