We get a lot of calls from tradesmen about countertop epoxy drips and how to handle them on a project. Epoxy is a liquid that varies in viscosity (thickness) depending on heat and conditions, and when applied to a tabletop, countertop, or art project you will wind up with drips on the bottom edges that you will want to remove to make your job look great. There are many thoughts on eliminating this “problem” but most of them are difficult, messy, or just take too much time and are unproductive.
Once dry, sanding works to remove them but creates a mess and epoxy dust, enough that is not safe to breathe. Putting tape on the bottom edge can sometimes work, but if you wait too long to pull the tape it will be impossible to get it off; if you pull too soon you will have additional dripping. Wiping the bottom with a brush over and over will take several hours and make a bigger mess that will still need some touch-up.
At iCoat we train our installers and tradesmen to deliver the best work and continually look at methods to get you best in class results. As such, we recommend the best way to remove dried epoxy drips is to take a propane torch and lightly heat the drips and then use a 4” razor scraper to shave them off. This technique creates no dust, leaves a smooth bottom edge, and is very easy to do.
What to watch? Angle the scraper towards the inside edge of the countertop or tabletop and don’t leave the torch on any one spot for too long in case you overheat and burn the epoxy.
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