Epoxy is an industrial-grade adhesive that has so many uses that you would miss it if you didn’t keep it near you. Although it is non-toxic, it is also very strong and dries out quickly. Even with the best protection and an accessible sink, it can still result in a glue crust that is difficult to remove. Fortunately, in this article, you will find how to get epoxy off hands by using a few household items.
how to get epoxy off hands
There are various ways to get epoxy off your hand. You can try either way that is most suitable for you.
Vinegar is a strong acid that can help you remove epoxy that has been sticked to your hand.
Soak a paper towel with vinegar
Use any type of vinegar you have. Soak the paper towel with vinegar. Do it over your sink to prevent some mess. Alternatively, you can put the vinegar in a bowl and drop the paper towel into it.
You can use isopropyl alcohol instead if you don’t have vinegar. You can also use a normal cloth. For example, moisten a small tea towel that you can put over your hand.
Vinegar is a good choice for epoxy resin because you probably have it on hand and it’s completely natural. Unlike other treatments, you don’t have to worry about exposing your skin to harsh chemicals.
Cover the epoxy resin with the paper towel for 5 minutes
Place the towel on your hand and spread it as flat as possible. Make sure the epoxy is completely covered. The vinegar will soak in it and soften it. If the towel dries out while waiting, apply a little more vinegar to it.
Vinegar works on both hardened and uncured epoxy resin, but is best used when the epoxy resin is fresh.
Gently scrub your hand with the towel to remove the glue
Vinegar dissolves the glue from your skin and makes it much easier to remove. Take the damp towel and rub it in a circle on your skin. Keep scrubbing until your hand clean again. Then, look for any remaining jobs you may have missed.
If you still notice small glue residues, peel them off by hand. Re-moisten the glue with vinegar if it feels heavy or difficult to remove.
remove glue residue and vinegar by washing your hands with soap and water
After applying soap and water, rub your hands for about 20 seconds, especially on the area where the glue is stuck. Then rinse it with warm water. The vinegar won’t hurt you if you leave it on your skin. However, washing your hands will remove any glue residue that you may have missed.
After you’re done, you can apply a moisturizing hand sanitizer into your skin if it feels a little dry.
Inhalation of acetone is somewhat unpleasant. Therefore, take all possible safety precautions.
Work in a well-ventilated place when using acetone
If possible, work outdoors or in an area with plenty of air circulation. You can open nearby doors and windows to bring more air into the room when you’re inside.
Acetone is not harmful in small quantities, so you don’t have to wear a mask. It is harmless as long as you apply it as intended. Acetone is also flammable. Thus, keep acetone away from flames.
For the best result, use 100% acetone. A lot of paint thinners and nail polish removers have acetone. If they are not 100%, they can still be used, but may not be as effective or safe. If you don’t have acetone available, try using alcohol instead.
Moisten a cotton swab with acetone
Open the bottle and pour some acetone on the cotton swabs. Make sure it’s damp but not dripping. Shake the excess over your sink or into a garbage bag so it doesn’t drip onto your skin. If you don’t have cotton swabs at home, get a paper towel instead. Moisten a small part of it, enough to rub on the glue.
Only apply acetone to the area stuck with epoxy. But if you spill it over other area of the skin, wipe it with a damp cloth so your skin doesn’t dry out.
Wipe your skin in a circle to remove the epoxy resin
Work the acetone into the epoxy resin until it dissolves. If it has already dried, it will take a few minutes for it to be soft. Hold the cotton swab lightly while rubbing it on your skin.
Be gentle when scrubbing your hand. Acetone dries out the skin. Therefore, avoid getting it anywhere other than on the epoxy resin.
If you can’t remove the glue by scrubbing, you can leave a damp cotton swab or paper towel over it. Let it soak until it softens, and then peel it off.
Wash your hands with soap and water to remove the acetone
Moisten your hands under warm water to rinse the acetone first. Then add a splash of hand soap and rub your hands together for about 20 seconds to make it a foam. Then rinse it off. Make sure you completely cleanse all areas of your skin that have come into contact with the acetone.
Since acetone dries out the skin, you can also apply a hand lotion to heal from all the scrubbing you’ve done.
Industrial hand cleaner
If you don’t repair cars or work in industry, you’re unlikely to have a hand cleaner at home. It is no harm to keep a bottle of it in the house if you use epoxy frequently.
Choose an industrial hand cleaner to remove grease
These cleaners are available online and in some hardware stores. They are similar to regular hand soaps, but are more abrasive and effective. Hand soap with citrus fruits can remove through hydrogenated epoxy very quickly, and it is softer for your hands. Regular soap and hand sanitizers are not the same as waterless detergents, so they don’t work.
Pour a small amount of the cleaner on a soft cloth
Choose a soft cloth large enough to cover the part of your hand with epoxy resin. Moisten it lightly and then shake out the excess moisture. Make sure the damp stain is large enough for you to use when wiping the epoxy.
If you don’t have a towel on hand, you can also pour part of the cleaner directly onto your hand. It is also possible to use a paper towel. However, it can fall apart if you apply too much cleanser.
Scrub your hand with the towel for up to 5 minutes
Place the towel on your hand and keep it covered by the cleaner. Move it in a circle over the epoxy resin. Be gentle and hold down the towel with minimal force. You will eventually feel the epoxy resin soften and either break off or dissolve to the point where you can peel it off.
Sometimes you need to scrub a little longer than expected. Keep the towel damp so that the hand cleaner penetrates the glue.
Rinse the cleaner and the remaining epoxy resin with warm water
Wash your hands in a sink. Waterless hand cleaners are somewhat abrasive. Therefore, remove everything. Then check if the epoxy resin is gone. If this is not the case, it may have been relaxed enough for you to stop subtracting.
If you’re still having trouble removing glue residue, scrub it with a little more hand cleaner and a damp cloth.
Apply a hand lotion to your skin to restore it
Your skin feels a bit rough due to the abrasive in the cleanser. To fix it, inject a drop of your favorite lotion on your hand. Rub your hands together for about 20 seconds to get a foam. Make sure the lotion covers all areas that have come into contact with the cleaner.
Always apply moisturizer after using a waterless hand cleaner. The cleanser is abrasive, although it usually does not dry out the skin or leave an unpleasant odor.
Epoxy adhesives and epoxy resins are versatile substances for bonding and fastening. However, knowing how to use epoxy resin correctly is key to preventing the adhesive from getting to where you don’t want it and potentially causing clutter and damage.