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adhesive problem

how to remove old (clear not black) adhesive from an old hardwood floor. the adhesive was holding down an old vinyl flooring product. would like to remove adhesive and sand and refinish the hardwood. the old adhesive is damn tough stuff. ideas on the best way to get it up, off the old hardwood?

Re: adhesive problem

Definately try JASCO stripper/remover. This stuff is great, it will remvoe anything from paint to epoxy---should have no problem with your clear adhesive. Good luck! Come to FreePaintingBids.com for all your interior and exterior house painting needs.

Re: adhesive problem

Depending on the size of the room using paint stripper could cost you several hundred dollars and it is very messy. I have run into this problem with this black mastick many times in my 97 year old apartment building. I used a heat plate or heat gun and scraper to remove the mastick. Use caution and keep a small water sprayer nearby to prespray any cracks and cool off the area after removal of the mastick.

Gray Watson
Re: adhesive problem

Mineral Spirits and a flex Stainless Steel scraper blade will make short work of that old NafCo tile clear vinyl sheet & tile adhesive. The adhesive will get gummy then scrape one way in the direction of the grain (carefully) then clean scraper on the edge of a bucket. Work on small areas little less than 2 sq. ft. at a time. Don't try to get it all off in the first pass you'll make yourself crazy. Go for the majority of the bulk then move on, get the rest on a second pass. You may need to let it set for a few minutes. After the second pass use a stripper pad soaked in Mineral Spirits and wipe in the direction of the grain.

You need a lot of fresh air - open the windows - and extinquish all sources of spark and flame before you begin.

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