I got a little bit of epoxy down my bathtub drain. Will it cause a problem? Hasn’t cured yet. How do I remove it prior to curing?

  • Which "bathroom drain?" Sink, tub, floor, toilet, other?
    – Ecnerwal
    Mar 19, 2023 at 22:22
  • How little? A couple of drops a lot better than a small tube or two.
    – crip659
    Mar 19, 2023 at 22:22
  • Tub. Not certain. I was able to get the part I saw out. That was about a tablespoon
    – user164539
    Mar 19, 2023 at 22:24
  • Tablespoon is not small amount
    – Traveler
    Mar 19, 2023 at 22:30

2 Answers 2


If it hasn't cured yet, read the directions on how to clean up excess epoxy. If it has cured, then try to chip it out with a small chisel but be careful not to damage piping if PVC. If it's just a small amoumt and smooth in the drain, it shouldn't cause any problems.

  • I wiped out the part I saw, about a tablespoon. It’s the bathtub so I can’t chip at it.
    – user164539
    Mar 19, 2023 at 22:26
  • @user164539 Isopropyl alcohol will thin out the epoxy if it hasn't dried so dump some down the drain. It won't hurt the pipes. Also run water down the drain. This epoxy doesn't like water. If you removed a tablespoon, that's good.
    – JACK
    Mar 19, 2023 at 23:14
  • @user164539 It dries to touch in an hour and needs three days before exposure to water so hopefully it won't harden and will wash away
    – JACK
    Mar 19, 2023 at 23:19
  • Thank you! I appreciate it
    – user164539
    Mar 19, 2023 at 23:25

Epoxy once hardened can not be removed.

How much of a problem will it be, who knows.

However if the pipe was very wet when the accident happened you might be lucky and it will form a clump and not stick to the pipe.

If clump it might be washed down the drain and not get stuck in it.

To investigate the damage get a snake camera.

If it is stuck to the walls, you will have reduced drain flow.

  • It’s not dry. It’s still wet. I got everything I could see out. Can I pour acetone down the drain?
    – user164539
    Mar 19, 2023 at 22:35
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    @user164539, I would not do that. It might attack the PVC pipe
    – Traveler
    Mar 19, 2023 at 22:38
  • Okay. Should I run the water so that it gets diluted before curing?
    – user164539
    Mar 19, 2023 at 22:41
  • @user164539 did you disclose what epoxy was it ?
    – Traveler
    Mar 19, 2023 at 23:00
  • It’s Rust-OLeum tub and tile refinishing kit.
    – user164539
    Mar 19, 2023 at 23:01

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