<< Any cute tricks for softening or dissolving hardened
Most cured epoxies will slowly give up when exposed to methylene chloride, a
common component of many paint removers. It is not an actual solvent, but
appears to penetrate at the molecular level and attack the surface bonds. (Or
Judicious application of heat to the metal taking advantage of differences in
thermal expansion may also work. Sart with a heat gun and progress to a propane
torch , gently, of course. Good luck.
I bought some epoxy for copper pipe. The instructions say it can be removed
with a propane torch.
(I have also cleaned a metal roller I used to epoxy/glass my boat with a
torch; it burns and drips wickedly, so be careful.)
If you don't mind bending the hinge, most epoxies are quite brittle so a sharp
blow with an angled chisel or putty knife wedging into the seam between the
hinge and the steel plate would be the quickest way. Otherwise a hair dryer
(heat gun) will also work. This is what the used car dealers do to get their
competitions logos off of the used cars they buy.
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