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How to remove epoxy from a graphite shaft


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#1 Unusual Penguin

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:35 PM

I have a shaft with some epoxy 4-5 inches from the tip. Is there any way to remove it without damaging the paint?


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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:26 PM

It can be a challenge.  You can try and pick it off with a knife edge or fingernail.  If it' been there a while, you can try low heat and rub it off with a soft clean cloth.  There are likely other ways, but that's what comes to mind.  Sometimes it might be best to leave it alone.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:34 PM

Would acetone be a bad idea? What about goo-gone?

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:04 PM

Acetone will take the clear coat and paint off.  Goo-Gone might, but the problem is you have to break the bond between the shaft coating and the epoxy.  Not as easy as you think.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:38 AM

If you mean that there is some excess epoxy that is on the clear coat, you may be able to get this off without damaging the paint finish.  Golf shafting epoxy bonds much more effectively to some surface types than others.  The problem is that anything chemical you use to soften it up or weaken it will likely damage the finish of the shaft.  

One trick that someone taught me as a hobbyist at one point was for getting excess epoxy off a metal hosel was just to rap it a little with a small hammer.  The shock deforms the drip or blob just enough to break the bond and you can peel it right off.  

Clearly that won't work for a shaft.  Another method I've used is to use an old credit card, which has a bit of a sharp edge, but isn't hard enough to damage the shaft finish/surface.  This works really well on most clubhead surfaces, especially for the dreaded "fingerprint" epoxy smudge.  


I would look into this a bit more before I tried it, but you might be able to use some mineral spirits to somehow soften up the epoxy a little so you could gently scrape it off with the credit card or some other hard plastic edge.  Mineral spirits won't immediately damage the finish, as I've never seen it cause a problem when regripping, but it gets wiped off fairly quickly.  I'm not sure what would happen if you let it sit a little on the epoxy.  From a chemistry perspective, heat or reactive chemicals break down epoxy bonds, so that's a challenge in this situation.  I think somehow scraping it off with an edge that is least likely to damage the finish is about your only option.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:42 AM

Heat it with a hair dryer then pick it off with your fingernail.  It isn't as good a bond as the epoxy/head bond because of the paint (or chrome) of the shaft.

Fairly easy fix...

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