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    I need ideas on removing old deck mat adhesive

    Putting on new Hydro Turf this weekend and need some advice on how to best remove the adhesive that is remaining on the deck from the old mats. What was left of the mats just peeled off. I've tried using the heat gun, a 3M eraser wheel, Acetone and Lacquer Thinner. Any other ideas?


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    Goof-Off might work

    Check it first on an inconspicuous place to make sure it doesn't dissolve the actual surface finish.

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    Worth a try.

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    Lay a towel on the area and soak it with gasoline let it sit wet for a few then towel off. Goof off also works if you let it sit wetted.

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    I used the medium reducer for automotive paint. Didnt evaporate too fast and worked well. Anything else I tried was evaporating too fast.

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    3m adhesive remover, and get the plastic razor blades at west marine, works great and the best to remove the glue

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    3m citrus based cleaner. Works great and gelcoat safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3PedalMINI View Post
    3m citrus based cleaner. Works great and gelcoat safe
    This. I also use denatured alcohol but citrus works (and smells) best.

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    I nabbed a can of citrus mold cleaner from work It didn't work very good, but in all fairness it is really for taking release agents off of injection molds. My neighbor had a bottle of "Specialty adhesive remover" he said he got from McMaster Carr.

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    Heavy Duty Specialty Adhesive Remover—The choice for difficult substances such as silicones and uncured epoxies and urethanes. Remove these stubborn adhesives from hard, nonporous surfaces such as metal, plastic, and glass
    It took the chunks of remaining foam off and a some of the remaining residue. My neighbor then pointed out that the new mats were just a hair larger than the originals and would cover the residue. The remaining adhesive shouldn't affect the bond of the new mats (3M Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) should it? I really do not want to put this project out any farther waiting for the proper adhesive remover to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fink View Post
    I nabbed a can of citrus mold cleaner from work It didn't work very good, but in all fairness it is really for taking release agents off of injection molds. My neighbor had a bottle of "Specialty adhesive remover" he said he got from McMaster Carr.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaMaster Carr website
    Heavy Duty Specialty Adhesive Remover—The choice for difficult substances such as silicones and uncured epoxies and urethanes. Remove these stubborn adhesives from hard, nonporous surfaces such as metal, plastic, and glass
    It took the chunks of remaining foam off and a some of the remaining residue. My neighbor then pointed out that the new mats were just a hair larger than the originals and would cover the residue. The remaining adhesive shouldn't affect the bond of the new mats (3M Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) should it? I really do not want to put this project out any farther waiting for the proper adhesive remover to come.
    You should be fine.

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