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    Default Glue removal.

    Been given a 4" Irwin metal C-clamp.
    Covers in epoxy and other glues.
    Remove with blow torch, gasoline, jackhammer...?💣
    basil

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    Default Re: Glue removal.

    Coarse wire wheel, it won't destroy the threads. Bear down on it, that will heat it up and it will come off more easily. Wear a respirator and eye protection, and do it out in the yard.

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    Default Re: Glue removal.

    Quote Originally Posted by goodbasil View Post
    Been given a 4" Irwin metal C-clamp.
    Covers in epoxy and other glues.
    Remove with blow torch, gasoline, jackhammer...?��
    Paint stripper heat gun or a blowlamp, epoxy softens markedly at a relatively low temperature so you can scrape it off pretty easily. Most other glues will come off with a bit more heat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by john welsford View Post
    Paint stripper heat gun or a blowlamp, epoxy softens markedly at a relatively low temperature so you can scrape it off pretty easily. Most other glues will come off with a bit more heat.


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    Default Re: Glue removal.

    I think I would try boiling first.

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    Does it function as a clamp right now, as is? If so, leave it alone. You'll be getting more goo on it later anyway.

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    Or stick it in your self-cleaning kitchen oven when your wife isn't at home. After the cleaning cycle is done, remove and brush the dust off. Wipe the dust off the rest of the oven and you're done. Of course, if you don't ordinarily do things like clean the kitchen oven, she will probably be suspicious.

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    Cured epoxy, depending on the formulation and cure, has a heat deflection temperature c. 140 deg F (deforms under constant load) and a glass transition temperature c. 160 deg F (stuff changes from a glassy solid to rubbery). Boiling the clamps will likely soften the epoxy up enough to get it off. System Three's catalog lists the temperatures for their different formulations: http://www.dixdesign.com/SystemThree...talog_2006.pdf

    No idea about other glues. Except liquid hide glue. Boil that and it goes back to being liquid!
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    Tap at it with a ball peen hammer. Any large chunks of exposure will pop off.

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    Try to do it outside. Burnt epoxy is not very pleasant to inhale, a heat gun maks less smoke than a propane torch. accompany with a circular wire wheel on an angle grinder, or a stiff wire brush.
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