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Question DetailsAsked on 8/31/2015

removed laminate from old dresser, now sticky glue remains--what removes it?

tried sanding the glue off and nothing---it is gummy --what would desolve the glue

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Not knowing what was used to put it on - possibly rubber cement or more likely laminate contact cement if newer. Obviously test any mehtod in an obscure place first, and don't let it soak into the wood and start delamination or breakdown of glue.


Rubber cement you can largely remove by "rolling" it off - with your finger tips dragging acrtoss the surface and balling it up in a roill as you go down the surface (much like belt sander does but it burns and gums up REAL quick). You can also buy rubber removing "earasers" - big soft rubber bars that you use to roll the glue off. The yellow rubber belt sander cleaning bars also work well. Softening with a hair dryer (do not get too hot to touch - is quote flammable) also helps a lot. Final cleanup and stain removal use dry cleaning fluid in some cases - paint thinner or laquer thinner (which is "stronger") works for some types, and of course acetone will remove almost anything (including basically all glues and stains) as a last resort.


Contact cement, if the above do not work, is commonly removed with contact cement solvent (used to thin it) - laquer thinner generally removes it well too.


Some synthetic veneer glues, especially sprayed-on ones, as well as bonding shellac use denatured alcohol as the solvent and for cleanup. If that type, rubbing alcohol will soften it some - as an easy way to tell if it will work, but denatured alcohol will be needed to be really effective - get at drugstore.


Some of the organic based glues will come off with concentrated Simple Green or Purple Power cleaners, which will also generally damage any finishes they get on - though almost all these will do so.


Of course use good ventilation and eye/hand protection with all the above and stay away from sources of ignition or places fumes can build up (i.e. do outdoors), but be especially careful with acetone or denatured alcohol because they do REALLY nasty things if you get them in your eyes, and they remove all the oils from bare skin. In working with these you should have cehmnical resistant gloves (the big heavy black ones), but some of these solvents will melt them too.

Good luck - I suspect you know now that removing the veneer was probably a mistake - overlaying with a new contact cemented or stick-on veneer would have been much easier unless you are trying to restore an old piece to original condition, in which case disassembling and working with full pieces chemically stripped to bare wood with a wood stripper would be the usual mode.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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