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Removing Clear Epoxy from Gelcoat

Hello:

Recently dropped some 2part clear epoxy on the gel-coat of my deck; didn't notice till the next day.

Any suggestions on how to remove it?

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try to peel it carefully. then scrap it with a blade, the nice thing about straight epoxy is its brittle, it should scrap off nicely, but carefully.
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IF it isn't on the non-skid, a plastic razor blade would do the trick nicely.
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A single edge razor blade held almost parallel with the surface will help ... be sure to 'saw it off' with the blade to insure that you dont 'pop' the gel. You may need to (power) buff the gel when done to remove any small scratches from the sawing with the blade.
If you have regularly waxed the gel it will be much easier to remove the epoxy 'splats'.
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A single edge razor blade held almost parallel with the surface will help ... be sure to 'saw it off' with the blade to insure that you dont 'pop' the gel. You may need to (power) buff the gel when done to remove any small scratches from the sawing with the blade.
If you have regularly waxed the gel it will be much easier to remove the epoxy 'splats'.
If you use a steel razor blade, be sure you round/dull the corners with a file or sandpaper, so that they don't gouge the gelcoat.
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Progressive Epoxy has something they call TA 661 (I believe that it's some sort of long chain alcohol) that acts as a solvent for uncured epoxy, and will supposedly help to remove recently cured epoxy (probably because the polymerization, or curing, isn't complete). It's probably too late to use it in this case, however.
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