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Originally Posted by r myer
My wife and I are restoring a '76 Argosy 24' and need some info.
The previous owners used cheesy borders to decorate the walls and we're trying to get the glue off. Any ideas?
My suggestion would be to try one of the following methods that have proven successful for me when trying to remove wall paper adhesive from various wall surfaces in my rental properties. As strange as it may sound, I have had excellent results using the least expensive rubbing alcohol - - empty the bottle into a small pail and have a sponge and scotch brite scrubber available - - wipe the adhesive with the alcohol soaked spong and lightly scrub with scotch brite pad then follow-up alcohol soaked sponge - - I am not certain that this will work with the vinyl-clad wall surfaces, but I do know that this method removes the "sticky-wall" build-up that can be a problem on the vinyl-clad wall surfaces.
When stripping the wall paper and/or borders, I have had good luck with Silver Euro-Pro Ultra Steam Shark™ II Hard Surface Cleaner
- - the kit comes with a large, wide concentrator that I have found effective in removing wall paper and most if not all of the adhesive - - it is too small for large areas, but works nicely for removing borders, etc where the surface area isn't so large. I was quite skeptical when I purchased this steam cleaner given the info-mercials' reputation for exaggeration, but the cleaner has actually far surpassed my expectations on every cleaning project that I have assigned to the Shark.