How to dissolve PVC pipe glue

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PVC piping is known to be extremely durable, heat-resistant and long-lasting. Used most commonly in residential and industrial irrigation systems, PVC pipes do require regular maintenance. Moving or replacing the piping will leave PVC pipe glue to be removed and cleaned. Excess glue may also be an issue due to a mishap during installation or repairs. The residue must be dealt with promptly to ensure that the PVC pipes are free of contamination.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Adhesive removal spray
  • Rag

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase an adhesive-removing spray from a local supermarket, hardware store or home improvement centre. Most commercial brands will safely and effectively dissolve even the toughest of glues from almost any surface, including PVC plastic.

  2. 2

    Follow the product instructions to apply the solution. You may need to spray the affected surface directly or onto a rag first, depending on the brand.

  3. 3

    Allow the remover to set for the instructed length of time before it takes effect, which is typically under one minute. The solvent will then begin to dissolve the glue, enabling you to loosen it with ease.

  4. 4

    Use a microfiber cloth or cleaning rag to lift the softened glue from the PVC. Wipe the area thoroughly until there are no traces of adhesive remover, and you will have successfully removed the pipe glue.

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