Home>Discussions>BATHROOMS>Remove Construction Adhesive
7 posts / 0 new
Last post
hmyers
Remove Construction Adhesive
hmyers

The person that installed our shower doors, used construction adhesive under the bottom track. I have remove the track because we wanted to use a shower curtain instead. I have tried several different ways to remove the adhesive and failed. It is on a plastic/fiberglass style tub. Does anyone have any ideas?? Thanks.

A. Spruce
Re: Remove Construction Adhesive
A. Spruce

Try some paint thinner, or, next time you're at the hardware store, read the label on a tube of construction adhesive to see what is recommended for cleaning it up.

hmyers
Re: Remove Construction Adhesive
hmyers
A. Spruce wrote:

Try some paint thinner, or, next time you're at the hardware store, read the label on a tube of construction adhesive to see what is recommended for cleaning it up.

I will give the paint thinner a try. Thanks.

dj1
Re: Remove Construction Adhesive
dj1

If you are planning on re-installing the bottom track, what's under it will not be visible. You can also use a sharp chisel to gently [email protected] it off. But don't scratch anything that will be visible.

A. Spruce
Re: Remove Construction Adhesive
A. Spruce
dj1 wrote:

If you are planning on re-installing the bottom track, what's under it will not be visible. You can also use a sharp chisel to gently [email protected] it off. But don't scratch anything that will be visible.

Definitely a good precursor to using a solvent, less material to remove, less solvent used = better in all ways.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Remove Construction Adhesive
Mastercarpentry

Construction adhesive is polyurethane-based and takes some serious chemistry to dissolve which would likely harm a plastic or fiberglass surface. All the door tracks I've seen said to use silicone- and now you know why.

I'd physically remove the adhesive and glue a strip of something attractive down to cover the damaged area or replace the door.

Phil

ordjen
Re: Remove Construction Adhesive
ordjen

Some adhesives soften when heated. Try using a hairdryer and a plastic putty knife. DON'T use a flame or actual heat gun. A hair dryer is slower, but far less likely to damage the plastic. A hairdryer actually puts out as much heat as a heat gun, ( 1500 watts is 1500 watts, regardless where it is being generated) it just does not concentrated it at the tip. The plastic knife will not gouge the fiberglass, as a metal one might. Even if using a solvent, such as paint thinner, it is a good idea to physically remove as much of the adhesive physically first.

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.