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Removing glue - decorating

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Previous owner put a border strip along the walls of a room. The adhesive must have been very strong - not wallpaper paste. Struggling to remove. Even white spirit and pan scrub is struggling. 
Any ideas on a suitable solvent or other method?

 Maggot 17 Feb 2021
In reply to mick taylor:

PVA?
Time to get the steamer out.

In reply to Maggot:

> PVA?

> Time to get the steamer out.

No, stronger. It’s dark - like an evo stick. I’ve just tried sanding it - that works. 

 tallsteve 17 Feb 2021
In reply to mick taylor:

Seriously, try a steamer. Most glues these days are effectively a plastic, works great on tile glue and that seemed impossible until I gave it a go.  It softens the glue and allows youto lift it with a scraper.

 marsbar 17 Feb 2021
In reply to mick taylor:

You need one of these.  Razor blade sharp and as someone else said steam.

https://www.toolstation.com/prep-heavy-duty-scraper/p29412

Post edited at 15:32
 Cobra_Head 17 Feb 2021
In reply to mick taylor:

It's probably contact adhesive, if so a scraper is probably best.

 jkarran 17 Feb 2021
In reply to mick taylor:

Panel wipe removes evostick. A car painter would be the best source of a small amount. 

Jk

In reply to mick taylor:

Thanks guys - lots of methods to try out. 

 Eric9Points 17 Feb 2021
In reply to mick taylor:

Depends.

If it's a polyurethane then you can't dissolve it but you can soften it. However other than acetone (nail varnish remover) the chemicals aren't something you'd find in B&Q.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-solvent-of-polyurethane-glue-fevicol

Polyurethane is the base for the gorilla glue the woman used for hairspray.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adeonibada/tessica-brown-gorilla-glue-tiktok-surgery

It's unlikely the glue is epoxy but if it is, paint stripper will dissolve it.

One thing that might work is just using a heat gun to soften it before scraping it off.

 jkarran 18 Feb 2021
In reply to Eric9Points:

> If it's a polyurethane then you can't dissolve it but you can soften it. However other than acetone (nail varnish remover) the chemicals aren't something you'd find in B&Q.

Pretty sure foam gun cleaner is sold in B&Q (under the screwfix no-nonsense brand), it's certainly available in Screwfix. That'll soften cured polyurethane so it can be peeled or scraped easily. 

> One thing that might work is just using a heat gun to soften it before scraping it off.

Heat works to soften most commonly available glues.

jk


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