How do I break the epoxy bond of a Quartz Countertop?
Wish that it didn't.
What kind of seam? The small pc at the back of a slide in range? That I've seen done.
Full depth counter? That would be more difficult and maybe not as easy on the heart.
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Keep in mind that "quartz" is a composite of resin and sand. The "epoxy" joints are essentially the same resin material as the countertop itself, except without the sand -- the strength will be about the same and the bond between adhesive and countertop will be quite strong.
So "breaking" the joint is not at all guaranteed to produce a clean separation.
You could in theory take advantage of the fact that the epoxy can be cut with a knife, while the presence of the sand prevents this in the countertop material itself. So a utility knife, eg, could at least partially penetrate the joint. Whether you could go deep enough to produce a glass-like break is hard to say.
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The only quartz I've seen taken apart was a zodiak countertop and they just heated it up with a torch and the joint came apart like granite - maybe they were lucky, but it seems the melting point of normal epoxy is less than the stuff that holds it together.
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Give your fein multicut or rockwell multicut with a grout cleaning blade and saw the epoxy out very gently. I would practice with some scrap material with epoxy to get the right feel for it. Our you could try a ton of razorblade and soften the joint with acetone. Good luck
I don't think they'd have a joint as wide as a grout blade and quartz wouild be murder on the grit. Might stand a chance with the thinner diamond blade from Fein, but I doubt even that, the epoxy would probably just soften enough to fill in around it.
Still haven't found out if it's a full seam or just a range back.
Yeah, the seam in ours is maybe 1/32" -- wide enough that you might get a utility knife blade in, but not much else. Though a plain combo blade might fit -- it would be able to cut through the epoxy.
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