View Full Version : Big trouble in the kitchen
04-18-2004, 04:50 PM
It seems that some dolt while thinking he was cleaning a varnish brush in the stainless steel kitchen sink was really cleaning an epoxy brush. The result? spattered epoxy all over the interior of the sink. Wife? very upset. The dolt? very embarassed and interested in any means to clean said sink as nothing short of aggressive sanding has worked. Who is the dolt? That would be me.
Might look at heating up the epoxy with a heat gun and scraping it off. I cleaned epoxy off of a concrete floor that way.
04-18-2004, 05:46 PM
Don't sand. You'll scratch the steel and make matters worse. Heat as chad says and a razor blade scraper should do the trick. Tell SWMBO if she'd keep her sink waxed the goop wouldn't stick to it. Never apologize, it's a sigh of weakness.
A chisel and sledgehammer should do the trick.
After this removal method,you will need to replace the sink. SHMBO will be most impressed :D
"Never apologize, it's a sigh of weakness." I'm sorry?
How about a right-angle grinder with a 36 grit flap wheel?
04-18-2004, 06:59 PM
If heat doesn't work, maybe ice and then a tap with a putty knife/paint scraper.
BTW - it's also possible to etch a stainless kitchen sink with chemicals DAMHIKT :rolleyes: - actually don't know what did it, just cleaning something with whatever was handy :eek:
04-18-2004, 09:14 PM
Thanks all,I've already exhausted the "it's a fabulous new stainless steel protective compound, designed to cut your work in half" type argument and abject apologies are coming up the list. She has already suggested the new (and improved) sink idea and how about new faucets and that counter top is a little old and while we're at it new cupboards would be nice approach.The heat gun idea sounds great, that's next. Kim
04-18-2004, 10:17 PM
Some stainless sinks have a sound-deadening coating on the underside. Lest you, by heating it, apply a spattering of asphalt to the 'treasures' under the sink, but down a drop cloth.
04-18-2004, 10:22 PM
Try boiling water before the heat gun. Straight out of the kettle onto the epoxy. after that ,fill the sink with hot water and leave for a while...and if that doesn't work THEN try the heat gun/ vinegar etc.
04-19-2004, 12:58 AM
Heat gun: epoxy ought to releast somewhere under 200° F or so.
Just ought of curiosity: why would you be "cleaning" an epoxy brush? Most of us just toss 'em. Cheaper/healthier/safer/better for the environment/etc. than the solvents you'd need to get rid of [not quite all of] the stuff.
04-19-2004, 09:05 AM
Nicholas, please remember the dolt part of my post. I had multiple projects going that day (always a bad idea) including varnishing and epoxy. Grabbed all my stuff for cleanup and didn't use my senses (including common) and toss the epoxy brush. I agree, as time has gone by I am using more and disposable materials and minimizing contact with them. Against my general thrifty principles but better for my health. Kim
04-19-2004, 09:18 AM
Kim, you should see what happens when one spills molten lead on a kitchen counter top. redface.gif Or when a tiny drop of water erupts in a coffee can half full of melted tallow. :rolleyes: But things pass and we've still been happily married for 45 or so years.
Dale R. Hamilton
04-19-2004, 10:24 AM
New stainless double sink,$49 every day at HD. Quit your whining Kim and go out and buy SWMBO a nice new sink
04-19-2004, 10:39 AM
Now if your other hobby is antique cars, try cleaning a model T engine block in the bath tub :D , yup that was 35 years ago, still married in spite of it. tongue.gif
Alan D. Hyde
04-19-2004, 11:12 AM
Sometimes if you take an old whacked-out chisel and grind the tip very fine and sharp, you can use it (held almost parallel to the surface, beveled-side up) to knock such hardened drips off without damage to the surface...
Don't ask me how I know... :D
And, good luck!
[ 04-19-2004, 12:12 PM: Message edited by: Alan D. Hyde ]
04-19-2004, 09:55 PM
Lead on the countertop?,Engine in the tub? How about boiling out a horse skeleton in a 5'x8' kitchen while my new bride and I were still students. Using our 1 month old wedding pots and pans set no less. Her first test as a wife (and mine as a husband) and we're still married 28 years later!
04-20-2004, 10:23 AM
You go, Kim. Early on I found a little sign in a tourist trap (National Park concession gift store) which read: "My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy!" It has hung in every house we have ever lived in, 17 or 18.
The most grief I ever received was from Phyllis's aunt and mother when they discovered a dead hummingbird laying on a paper towel patiently waiting to be skinned. Good thing they didn't visit when I had a live rattlesnake cooling down so I could photograph it close up.
The most grief I ever gave Phyllis, though sometimes her memory of things is different than mine, about her cooking was when she served sandwitches on the day I had been in the field stripping rotting flesh of an elk whos bones were destined to become comparative material at the archeological research center I was working at the time. (gasp!)
04-20-2004, 12:08 PM
Originally posted by Kim Ward:
She has already suggested the new (and improved) sink idea and how about new faucets and that counter top is a little old and while we're at it new cupboards would be nice approach.The heat gun idea sounds great, that's next. KimOoh boy. You think that's all it's gonna take to buy your way out of this one? It's only the beginning, my friend, if you go that route. Only the beginning.
04-20-2004, 12:38 PM
Kim, normally if you just let it set up it will scrape off with a sharp chisel very easy. No need to scratch the sink. May be too late but its also best not to smear it around , again, just let it set up and it will pop off.
Alan D. Hyde
04-20-2004, 01:40 PM
IF my chisel suggestion above doesn't work easily (and most of the time, as Gary says, it will), then rub some butter or olive oil around the remaining hardened glops, leave it there, and they'll probably knock off fine the next day.
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