PVC Glue on Fiberglass tub

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by beachfront71, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. beachfront71

    beachfront71 New Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    newport beach, ca
    Hello and thanks for any tips here ..

    Was putting together the overflow and drain kit on my Kohler tub, it is all white PVC and I was using the clear (700 I think) glue..

    Long story short we had the tub tilted up to make this easier and some of the glue ran back down the PVC pipe and into the tub where it is now dried around the drain area .... about a 4 inch long trail of it ..

    Are there any tips / solvents that will get this off the tub without leaving a mark? I have no clue if a thinner or remover will also take off some of the tub finish..

    I highly doubt any of the pro's here has ever had that happen but am sure some of your hired help have done it once or twice ... :):)

    Thanks again.. checks in the mail!!
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    I don't know for sure, but while you might be able to peel the trail, it very well could leave a permanent mark. I base that opinion on the fact that PVC glue is not really glue but a solvent that reacts to PVC by melting the surface of the PVC pipe and fitting so that when joined, two surfaces blend together and form what is call a solvent weld. Now, what I am unsure about is what this solvent will do with surface of the fiberglass. Stay tuned for responses from some of the pros.
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  4. bluebinky

    bluebinky Member

    Aug 31, 2011
    Software Engineer
    Santa Clara, CA
    My wild guess is that it could dull the finish just a bit. Just a guess, though -- it might come right off leaving no mark, or be possible to buff out the "stain". One of the old pros here must have had this happen before!
  5. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet In the Trades

    Sep 7, 2009
    Seattle. WA
    Just be glad it wasn't purple primer!
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    The solvents are pretty strong in the pvc cement...it may have melted the gel coat on the fiberglass and bonded really well. You may be able to buff the whole thing off and if you're really lucky, it may peel off. If the tub has a tiling flange that will be hidden, you might try putting a little on there, leave it overnight or until 'dried', then see what happens.
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    The first thing I would try would be a clear primer, or nail polish remover, after first testing it on a "safe" area of the tub to be sure there was no damage to the finish.
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