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Old 01-27-2005, 08:21 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 01-27-2005, 08:32 PM   #2
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Hot water and a spong should do it., if it is still not coming off use a wallpaper gluE remover available at any home store in paint department., (test first in hidden area) that will take it off and should not hurt original wall surface.
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Hi Richard,

Tried hot water, nail polish remover, wallpaper glue remover, scouring powder...
The stuff's pretty bullet proof.

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Old 01-27-2005, 09:28 PM   #5
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Heat may be the answer.

Sounds like it might be non-absorbant vinyl, which makes it tough to use wallpaper remover. Maybe try a heat gun?

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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?

Rick
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.

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Downy Fabric Softener

Believe it or not Downy Fabric Softener loosens wallpaper from almost any wall. You can speed up the process by using a scoring tool - pokes little holes through the wallpaper - or just use it around the loose edges and work your way in. Dilute regular strength about 4 parts water to 1 part Downy and mix in a spray bottle. Spray on lavishly, wait about five minutes, then get the scraper started.

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Hi David,

I'll give steam a try. Right now, it's -26 celsius outside, so I'll have to hold off on
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I'll try the heat gun.

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Thanks for the hints and tips. I think, I'll try the heat gun, vinyl glue remover and
steam in that order.

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