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Old 03-16-2019, 04:43 PM
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Default Removing glue from fiberglass

Unfortunately, my boat is getting older. The foamed backed vinyl that is on the ceiling is starting to fall down. So I am cutting the rest of it out and got most of the foam out. Question is, how do I remove the glue from the fiberglass? Thanks


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Old 03-17-2019, 01:25 AM
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Not much you can do besides scrape and sand it
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:17 PM
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You could try one of those paint stripper wheels that go in a drill. Sorta like a wire wheel but made with flexible plastic elements. Try HD or Lowe’s. Whatever you do it will be messy. Be sure to wear a respirator.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:44 PM
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Is there an adhesive remover he could spray on there that will not hurt the fiberglass beneath it?
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:11 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'm thinking, lay down a tarp to trap all the dust while I use the paint stripping wheel. Very light pressure to ensure I don't mess up the fiber glass.

I guess a chemical is not recommended as it may mess up the resin/fiberglass?

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i am going through this right now on my stinger..... pain in the you know what!! I went the wire wheel way on my cordless drill...but i went with a metal wire wheel as i didnt feel he plastic one i was using was getting through it fast enough.....your arms hurt after a while of laying on your back and pressing on the ceiling just have to power through it. and it hasnt hurt the fiberglass at all as far i can see anywhere.
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Buy a flat blade for your sawzall. They are like a putty knife and will get most of the residue off. You don't need to get down into the glass fibers if you are going to recover the laminate
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Use a plunge cutter. HD or Lowes sells them. Fein tool originally designed them,now everyone makes one. I would try a curved smooth cutter. Very controllable, most tools have variable speed. Lots of different cutters available.
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I had glue residue in my cabin from some carpet that was glued in. I tried all sorts of solvents, but finally had great luck with mastic remover. wiped right off. good luck.
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