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Woodland Scenics Realistic Water

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Woodland Scenics Realistic Water
Posted by Ted Zieger on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:11 PM

On the first pour of my lake I had a leak. I came down the next day and had a lake on the concrete floor. I'm having a hard time getting it off the floor. Any ideas how to remove it from the floor?

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 3:11 PM

When I pour resin for water, I put one of those "wet boot pans" made of plastic under it.  This would catch leaks before they do any damage.

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My experience with Envirotex, not Realistic Water, would suggest either indoor/outdoor carpet or tile.  These resins don't clean up easily once set.

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Posted by dknelson on Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:17 AM

Hi Ted

A Milwaukee area modeler I know who had the same experience, let it be for a while and then started to hit the shiny material lightly with a hammer, making it shatter -- sort of like chipping ice off a sidewalk I suppose.  But I have to be frank that he did as much as he could and the area still looked pretty spotty, and maybe he should have just let it be. 

Dave Nelson  

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Posted by richhotrain on Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:27 AM

I gotta believe that something must remove it, but I know not what.

Acetone? Denatured alcohol? Lacquer thinner?  Scotch whiskey?

Rich

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Posted by selector on Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:53 PM

Paint stripper fluid.  Paint it on the epoxy surface, wait-two-three, scrub off what will come off.  Repeat.

The stripper softens, it doesn't dissolve.  Hence, the scrubbing, maybe with ScothBrite. Once you remove the paint stripper solution, the epoxy will commence hardening once again. Hence, the 'repeat', but right away until you have accomplished what you need to.

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Posted by John-NYBW on Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:07 PM

This won't help you now but I always do a test poor with water to find out if there are any leaks. If not, I soak up the water with an old towel and then poor with the real stuff. I figure if the water won't leak, neither will  the resin.

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Posted by Ted Zieger on Sunday, May 9, 2021 8:58 AM

I tried acetone but no much success. The Scotch Wiskey was used internally.

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, May 10, 2021 10:03 AM

I had been wondering if a propane torch would remove the hardened epoxy, so I Googled it and came up with this YouTube video in which hardened JB Weld was removed. You might give it a try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEjc96TS48U

Rich

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