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Old 08-26-2019, 08:08 AM   #1
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Angry Removing Cured Epoxy Resin

So I own a used 2014 Scion FR-S that has 75k on it now, and I've recently picked back up detailing after settling down in a new job. I've also started customizing with a couple of cosmetic and performance mods. However, I fucked up big time while installing my new spoiler.

The spoiler in question is a small lip similar to the TRD one, it's not a huge wing or anything. I didn't want to drill into the trunk, but I was worried the double sided tape wouldn't be strong enough. It's a danger to me and others on the road if it falls off while I'm driving, so I wanted it to be as strong as possible.

I'd come across a couple of people using epoxy for their spoilers. Obviously epoxy's more permanent than double sided tape, so using it on your car was pretty polarizing. However, silly old me thought that: A. I would only ever want a small lip spoiler like the one I purchased, and B. the 4400 psi of tensile strength sounded very appealing.

So I loaded up with the JBWeld epoxy, and spoiler alert (ba dum tiss): it didn't work. Now I'm stuck with a lot of dried epoxy resin on my car and my blood boils every time I see it with how stupid I am. This is my first car and I worked very hard for it, so it kills me to see it this way. I've tried using the industrial strength Goof Off for dried epoxy resin and it hasn't worked very well. Honestly, it's only made the softened glue run down the trunk and create even more of an eye sore with drip marks down the paint and the tail lights.

Any help? I'm trying to avoid a respray if possible.
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So sad

No solvent exists that will soften and remove cured epoxy, even the softer low density type like JB, that wont dissolve every thing else.
You have to slowly chip away at it with a small sharp chisel, trying to slide under the epoxy
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Your best bet and probably the cheapest option would be to find a used trunk lid in the same color and replace it.
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You might try carefully carving it off with one of these -

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Yep razor blade then fine grit sand paper, polish. Throw in a ton of patience.
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I agree with all the suggestions. Either get a new (used) trunk lid. OR, grind it off and repaint it. There is no solvent that I know of that will take the epoxy off, but not the paint. IMO, You are better sanding it off, than using a toxic chemical stripping solvent.
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I'm sure you've seen this and this. In case you didn't and may help..
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