how to remove epoxy from wood floor?

Epoxy is a type of adhesive that binds two or more materials together. It’s commonly used for construction, manufacturing, and repair purposes.

Due to its versatile nature, epoxy has many benefits: it can be used in various industries and applications which makes it an ideal solution for many tasks; it’s durable, water-resistant, and usually doesn’t require additional curing time before use (which makes it easier to work with).

However, one thing we need to keep in mind when working with this product is that its removal isn’t as simple as other types of adhesives.

Epoxy should only be applied when all other options have been considered because removing the adhesive may prove difficult or impossible depending on what surface you apply it on (for example wood floors).

How do you get dried epoxy off hardwood floors?

There are a few ways to remove epoxy from your hardwood floors:

  • Use the right tools. You’ll want to use something that can get underneath the epoxy, like a plastic scraper or paint scraper.
  • Scrape on an angle. Depending on how thick and old your epoxy is, you may need to scrape it off in sections that you can reach by hand. Start with a small area at an angle and work your way across until you’ve removed all of the epoxies from your floor.

How do you dissolve hardened epoxy?

You can dissolve hardened epoxy with acetone, but be careful not to use a heat gun on wooden floors. Before you start, check the flooring manufacturer’s instructions for handling chemicals like acetone.

In a well-ventilated area and wear gloves and eye protection:

  • Heat the epoxy using a heat gun until it is soft enough to scrape off with a scraper (or use an epoxy remover). Be careful not to overheat your wood flooring!

What removes dried epoxy?

To remove epoxy, you can try the following methods:

  • Solvents. If you have any kind of solvent, such as paint thinner or mineral spirits (paint thinner is petroleum-based and mineral spirits are alcohol-based), it should dissolve epoxy. Just make sure to test a small patch of your wood flooring to make sure that it doesn’t damage the finish before using it on large areas.
  • Heat. Try using a hairdryer or heat gun on an area where the epoxy has dried but not completely hardened to soften the glue so that you can scrape it off with a putty knife or scraper blade quickly and easily. Be careful when working with heat in this way, especially if there’s any chance that nearby items may catch fire from direct exposure to hot air or sparks from scraping against them (like if there’s a rug in front of where you’re working).
  • Sandpaper

What takes epoxy off the floor?

  • Sanding or scraping the epoxy off the floor is one way to remove it. Do this by using slightly coarse sandpaper, such as 80-grit, on a hand sander or power sander, or by hand with a normal steel bristle brush. You can also use paint scrapers and razor blades to lift up the epoxy and scrape it off the wood underneath.
  • Use a heat gun to remove old hardened resin from your floor. Heat guns dry out wood floors and can cause warping if used improperly, so do not use them on softwood floors like pine or spruce unless you are sure they won’t be affected by high temperatures (the label should tell you). Heat guns are best for removing polyurethane coatings from hardwood floors in homes built before 1990 because polyurethane was much more common at that time than modern epoxies were.
  • Use acetone mixed with water (1 part acetone: 4 parts water) as an alternative method for removing dried epoxy resins from hardwood floors without damaging their finish too much

Does vinegar dissolve epoxy?

Vinegar is a corrosive liquid, so some epoxy products may dissolve when exposed to vinegar. However, not all epoxies are water-based, so you shouldn’t rely on vinegar for those types of materials.

Typically, the color pigments used in epoxy are either organic or mineral in nature and can be dissolved by vinegar. However, some epoxies also contain solvents such as methylene chloride (dichloromethane).

Those types of solvents will not be affected by vinegar or water at normal room temperature and pressure; they must be heated before they evaporate (and their properties are different from those used in standard household cleaners).

Does vinegar remove epoxy?

The answer is, that it depends. It depends on the type of epoxy you’re dealing with. For example, if you’re working with a resin-based epoxy and want to remove it from wood flooring, vinegar will do the trick.

However, if you’re working with a hardener-based epoxy or contact cement and want to remove them from wood flooring, you’ll need something else entirely—namely acetone (which is toxic).

Can you sand epoxy off wood?

If your epoxy is still wet, it will not sand off. Instead, use a scraper to remove as much of the epoxy as possible while it is wet. Drywall and flooring scrapers are effective tools for this task. Once the wood layer has been completely scraped, you can begin sanding with an 80 or higher grit sandpaper.

Use a hand block to apply even pressure over the entire surface area of your project and do not use a belt sander because they can damage your flooring material too much.

How do you remove epoxy resin that was not cured?

If you are dealing with an uncured epoxy resin, you can use acetone to remove it. Acetone is a solvent that will dissolve the uncured epoxy and make it easier to scrape off.

You can use heat as well. If you have access to a heat gun or blow dryer, put the hot air on top of the epoxy and it will soften up and become more pliable.

The heat makes it so that when you scrape at it with something like an old credit card or butter knife (something thin), then the resin comes off much easier than if there were no heat applied first.


In summary, epoxy can be a great way to protect your wood and give it a nice, new look. If you plan on using epoxy near your home, make sure that the chemicals are safe for people and pets to be around and take precautions when applying them. If you have any questions or comments about this article, feel free to leave them below!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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