Originally Posted by ERD50
ls99 - yes, mechanical removal might be the best option. Messy yes, but those nasty chemicals are not going to be a joy either.
I guess the economy can't be all *that* bad if people are unwilling to take money for this job
I sure wouldn't come out of retirement to do it... well, name a $ amount first.
ERD50 (and Johnnie36)
I can't vouch for the effectiveness of using acetone to dissolve the epoxy, but I don't think of acetone as being particularly "nasty". If you use gloves and allow plenty of ventilation, acetone is pretty benign stuff. I'd sure give that a shot before I started with power tools and the attendant mess. Get a copy of the MSDS for acetone ACETONE
and see if you don't think you can handle it. Note that OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limit is 1000 ppm (that's literally 0.1% v/v in air). Humans actually produce acetone as a waste product.
End of lecture.