How To Dissolve Epoxy

Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by HarryOne0304, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. HarryOne0304

    HarryOne0304 New Member

    Jul 12, 2018
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    I, like many, use epoxy to glue in and fill around pearl inlays. A few weeks back I got sloppy a got my inlay in crooked, but didn't notice until it was hard. I asked a fellow builder what to use to dissolve the epoxy (stew-mac black) and he told me to use MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) so I bought some. I applied it with a cotton swab. It had no effect on the epoxy. So, now, all I can think of is to dremel it out, the whole thing. Before I do that, is there a better way?
  2. GuitarBuilder

    GuitarBuilder Member

    May 16, 2013
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    Get a really good heat gun (not a hair dryer) and heat the epoxy to at least 200 degrees. It should soften enough for you to scrape it off. If that doesn't work, you could try Acetone. The issue with solvents is that they can discolor the wood and are extremely flammable. Try heat first.

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