How to Remove Epoxy from a Stainless Steel Tumblers

I recently started to make custom stainless steel tumblers ( and one of the first things I did was ask people if I could redo the tumblers that they had. This saved me money and gave me items to practice with. I wish I could say that I had the foresight to take some before pictures, but I did not. Nevertheless, I want to show you just how easy this process is.

You will need the following items:

  • Acetone
  • Rubber gloves
  • Foil sheets (aluminum foil rolls will work)
  • Tray
  • Paper towels
  • Large Plastic Bag (not shown)


The first step in the process is to soak a paper towel in some acetone and lay it across the cup/tumbler. Repeat this process until you cover the entire cup.


Once you have your cup cover in paper towels soaked in acetone cover the entire cup with the foil sheets.


Place the cup in a bag and seal it up. Let it sit. Depending on how much epoxy and paint you have on it, it can take a few hours to loosen up the epoxy. I normally leave my cups overnight but you check them after 2-3 hours. I found these bags at the Dollar Tree.

in bag1

The last step is taking the cup out of the aluminum foil and wiping it down with acetone to get any paint residue off.

Epoxy off

Once you clean the cup up and let it dry, you are ready to begin your next project.


I hope this was helpful. For you visual people, I have a video on YouTube that you can watch and see the process first hand.


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