How to Remove JB Weld – From Plastic, Skin, and More!

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For professionals and DIY lovers, JB Weld is an all-time favorite. It is a high-quality epoxy adhesive that does its job exceptionally well.

Unfortunately, taking it off can be a headache for most users. To address that, I’ve put together a quick guide to teach you how to remove JB weld to make your life easier!

About J-B Weld: What it’s Made Of + Why it Differs from Others

Before learning the different ways of removing JB weld, it would serve you well to know about the mechanism of how this specific glue works and how it differs from other adhesives.

JB weld is a specialized, high-temperature adhesive that creates a strong bond between multiple surfaces. It is a glue type often known as a two-part epoxy or adhesive, more or less the same as Gorilla glue. 

This weld is a strong epoxy glue with an equal ratio of hardener and resin, giving the glue a long shelf life and amazing tensile strength.

Where to Use and How to Cure J-B Weld

using jb weld

JB weld is considered a multi-purpose cold epoxy and welding system. You may use it on plastics, concrete, bricks, metal, steel, porcelain, ceramic, wood, fabric, PVC, and fiberglass. 

As for curing the JB weld, you will need to let it sit for at least 15-24 hours, and it must be placed in a location at room temperature. A fully cured J B weld can survive temperatures up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.

3 Removal Methods for JB Weld

Here are the three most effective ways to remove JB weld on different substances!

Method #1: Extreme Heat Application

Extreme heat is the most straightforward procedure to remove JB weld from metal surfaces and other heat-resistant areas. JB weld is a two-part epoxy that cannot withstand temperatures that are extremely high. 

This kind of weld tends to get unstable if exposed to high temperatures of 600 degrees Fahrenheit and more. The high heat temperature will create enough damage to the internal chemical structure of the glue. 

stripping paint with heat gun

Safety Precautions + Tips

Additional Tip: When you plan to remove the JB weld, conduct the process in a well-ventilated area.

Tools & Materials


  1. Use the heat gun to easily and quickly remove JB weld. The JB weld will take a little time to soften and loosen its hardness.
  2. Expose the weld to the intense heat of about 600 degrees Fahrenheit using the heat gun.
  3. Alternatively, you may use a propane tank that has a torch attachment. If you use a propane torch, only set it on low flame. 
  4. Use a soldering iron if the area with the JB weld is too small or narrow.
jb weld extreme heat

Method #2: Grinding

If a heat source is unavailable, try the mechanical force method using a grinder to remove the JB weld.

Mechanical abrasion refers to the disruption in the material surface caused by sliding or rolling, leading to debris release. The most popular form of this is sanding. [1]

Though, note that this procedure is time-consuming.

Safety Precautions + Tips

Additional Tip: Ensure you grind and file the area with the JB weld carefully without causing much damage to the wood.

Tools & Materials


  1. Use the Dremel, angle grinder, or sandpaper and start grinding or filing.
  2. The impact strength is 1,800 PSI to break and dissolve JB weld area.
removing jb weld using grinder

Method #3: Using Chemicals

Applying chemicals and strong acids (like vinegar or acetone) is the best method to remove JB weld. These chemicals make the weld soft, ensuring the removal is more manageable.

Safety Precautions + Tips

Additional Tip: Avoid mixing up techniques. If you’re using acetone, don’t mix it with vinegar — and vice versa.

Tools & Materials


  1. To remove JB weld from the surface, apply the chemicals (vinegar or acetone) and ensure you don’t miss a spot.
  2. Wait for the chemical reaction after saturating the area with chemicals. Dissolve the JB weld in the chemicals by letting it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Removing J-B Weld in Different Surfaces

caulking on to the wood instead of putty

After learning the general methods for removing JB weld, it is time to know what method and procedure is best to use in varying areas.


To eliminate JB Weld from metal surfaces, there are three efficient methods: mechanical abrasion, exposure to high temperatures, and the use of chemicals. 

Referring to the aforementioned techniques will provide you with the necessary steps to ensure the proper removal of JB Weld from metals.


If you wish to remove JB weld on this material, try the tricks above. Grinding and intense heat are the most appropriate methods since they are mostly non-toxic.

jb weld using on plastic


Fast Orange hand cleaner is the tool to use when you plan to remove JB weld on your skin. Alternatively, using lacquer thinner, acetone, or another hand cleaner is also an excellent option.

Car Paint

When it comes to removing JB weld on car paint, sand the area using a chisel. Ensure that you are careful as you do so.


In removing the JB weld on aluminum, we suggest you apply heat or use a grinder to make the process easy.

Is J-B Weld Permanent?

No. This epoxy glue does not create a permanent bond. Although, it takes a lot of effort and work to remove JB weld as it makes a strong bond.

Can You Use Alcohol to Dissolve J-B Weld?

No. Alcohol cannot remove J-B weld on a surface, especially if it’s fully cured epoxy already. You may, however, use it while the glue is still curing.

What Surface Will JB Weld Not Stick To?

JB weld would not stick to substances like flexible rubber surfaces, leather vinyl, polyethylene plastic, and canvas.

jb weld not working onto

JB Weld Alternatives


It is an excellent alternative to JB weld as it hardens quicker (about 4-6 hours) and can bond metals like copper, steel, bronze, and brass. The main downside is that its max strength is only about 2/3 of JB weld.

Welding Machine

On the other hand, an alternative to epoxy, in general, is a welding machine. Actual weld seams can withstand higher temperatures.

More removal tips here:


Now you know how to remove JB weld, along with the required materials and safety measures to remember. On that note, choosing the best option for the JB weld removal process is primarily up to your personal preference. 

Also, be sure to check the tools you have before you start the process. 

Robert Johnson is a woodworker who takes joy in sharing his passion for creating to the rest of the world. His brainchild, Sawinery, allowed him to do so as well as connect with other craftsmen. He has since built an enviable workshop for himself and an equally impressive online accomplishment: an extensive resource site serving old timers and novices alike.
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