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    Default Rubber based adhesive how to get off wood

    As the heading says.
    Have a small 500x500 area I need to get the rubber tile adhesive off some timber paneling.
    Can't mark the timber as I want to repaint it.

    Any idea if something will dissolve it, what about a heat gun to soften it so it can be scrapped.

    Thanks.

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    If it's the light tan/brown 'contact cement' type of rubbery glue, acetone or enamel paint thinner should soften/dissolve it enough to scrape off.

    If it's the more recent black, sometimes gritty, hard-but-slightly-rubbery stuff, you might be able to shift it by placing it in the beam path of the Large Hadron Collider on days when it is running at an appreciable fraction of c, but I have a suspicion that nothing short of quark-gluon plasma temperatures will facilitate non-abrasive removal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Splinter View Post
    If it's the light tan/brown 'contact cement' type of rubbery glue, acetone or enamel paint thinner should soften/dissolve it enough to scrape off.

    If it's the more recent black, sometimes gritty, hard-but-slightly-rubbery stuff, you might be able to shift it by placing it in the beam path of the Large Hadron Collider on days when it is running at an appreciable fraction of c, but I have a suspicion that nothing short of quark-gluon plasma temperatures will facilitate non-abrasive removal.
    Hmmm.

    More than just a master splinter.

    Just what I wanted to hear re "recent black,sometimes gritty etc"

    I'll see if I can find a Large Hadron Collider on ebay as I only have the small one.

    Thanks Neil.

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    Yeah. Re the black stuff...I've tried boiling water, thinners, methylene chloride, brake cleaner and WD-40 - which covers a fair range of solvents. No joy at all.
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    Well found an easy solution.
    Replaced the effected boards with new ones.

    Much easy than I thought.

    No to the following attempts.
    eucalyptus oil
    turps
    kero
    metho
    petrol
    bleach- (I was getting desperate).

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    I saw a guy clean similar on parquet flooring using a hot air gun (he used a blow torch) and very sharp blade and spent a couple of hours scrapping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jago View Post
    I saw a guy clean similar on parquet flooring using a hot air gun (he used a blow torch) and very sharp blade and spent a couple of hours scrapping.
    I was about to ask a few friends if they had a heat gun I could borrow
    but then found a few new tongue and groove boards to replace effected ones.

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    I was cleaning up the tile glue (Abaflex) off the wall and floor and found that vinegar worked a treat. Dip a cloth in vinegar and dab the offending blobs. I dabbed say 10 marks in a row then by the time I returned to the first one it was soft and could be scrapped off with a plastic scraper.

    I scoffed at my dad when he first suggested this, but I was very pleased that it worked so well.

    For stubborn stains you could also try diluted Hydrochloric acid say 1:10 or so to start with, and be sure to just apply to the specific area. Test first, and wear the proper PPE. I 've used hydrochloric acid for brick cleaning so it should work with any cementitious based glues.

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