Home Repair

Ways to Remove PVC Glue

Tools to Use:

  • Heat gun
  • Tongue-and-groove pliers
  • Hacksaw or PVC pipe cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Gloves

Before you can remove the glue from the PVC pipe, you will have to separate the two pipes first. You can follow one of these methods:

Cut the PVC pipe.

Using your PVC pipe cutter or hacksaw, cut the pipe up to the section where you would like the pipes to separate.

Twist the pipe.

Twist the PVC pipes into opposite directions to provide sufficient torque and separate them from each other. For this process, you will need to use your tongue-and-groove pliers so you can break the bond easier.

Heat up the PVC Pipes

The initial process that fused the PVC pipes together is a chemical process that is very similar to heat. By heating up the pipe with a heat gun, you can potentially soften and loosen up the joint which then leads the pipes to separate.

Remove the glue from the PVC pipes

Once you were able to successfully separate the pipes together, the next thing you might want to do is remove the glue from the PVC pipes. You can do this by using sandpaper with a #220 grit. This will help smooth away the grooves.

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