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    EZ Dock of Long Island Shibby1485's Avatar
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    Bad Mats --> peeled em off, how to remove glue?

    My 05 mats sucked to say the least 1st day out with the ski when i bought it they shrank and it progressively got worse. waited for end of season to rip em all up. came off within split seconds, but the glue is a nightmare!!! see pics.. ( don't minf the order in which i posted the pics )

    any suggestions on removing glue? have been trying WD-40, bomb. lube, laquer thinner, and razor blade and toothbrush. Surprisingly NONE of the above have done any damage and no scratches or fading, contact cement is jsut a bitch regardless of the product i try. Razor blade worked ok for flat parts, but not along the edges where the hull bevels up into the gunwales.
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    Find a product named "Goof-Off". Most hardware stores have it. Works better than anything else I have tried.
    Also, if your garage is cold, warm up the area you want to clean with a hair dryer, then use the Goof-Off"

    You could also try "Goo-Gone".

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    I have used goo gone. And allot of elbow grease.

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    I used 3m General Adhesive Cleaner when I took off my stickers. Worked pretty well. Not sure what kind of adhesive is used under the mats though.

    It comes in a spray or liquid. Takes a little while to soften the adhesive then it wipes off in a little jelly like substance.


    My mats have stayed perfect thoughout the summer.


    http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs.../10893/11204/4

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    I used 3m General Adhesive Cleaner when I took off my stickers. Worked pretty well. Not sure what kind of adhesive is used under the mats though.

    It comes in a spray or liquid. Takes a little while to soften the adhesive then it wipes off in a little jelly like substance.


    My mats have stayed perfect thoughout the summer.


    http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs.../10893/11204/4
    Donít use that stuff, it is awesome, but very expensive for the amount you will need. I used gasoline and paint thinner. I only used the gasoline when I ran out of paint thinner. You will need allot of towels that you don't mind ruining and I recommend a plastic putty knife

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    Acetone,if you can find it anywhere.As a printer I have used many different types of solvents over the years,and pure Acetone will take off ANYTHING if you can get your hands on some.We discontinued it's use at my former job about 15 years ago due to it's volatility (I am assuming it was an OSHA required thing).It is the key ingredient in nail polish remover,to give you an idea of it's effectiveness.It will quite literally melt the glue away almost instantly.Wear a glove and apply it liberally,but cleanly.

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    Acetone can be found at Lowes, Home Depot and most other hardware stores. Also just about any marine supply store should have it and I agree that it will do wonders with contact cement.

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    thanks guys.... all the glue is gone, ski is spotless..

    found even more stress cracks tho!! now i got three spots of stress cracking on my ski to my knowledge. i got a feeling there's a few more spots, arggggg

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    What did you wind up using to remove the glue?

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    basically my impatience didn't get me a chance to go to the store to buy a different product. on the really flat surfaces i pour a splash of laquer thinner and let the glue absorb it and a razor blade. stuff gets real sticky and nasty! ... then oneday before bed i soaked all the glue in bombardier lube... then woke up and cleaned up all the lube and let it dry out and use a dry course rag and rubbed it and the glue balled up and clustered together.... then all that was left was t thin residue. that came off by soaking a rag in laquer thinner to rub it off then another rag to dry it and remove the glue so it wouldn't streak and spread.

    probably not the BEST approach, but it worked given the products i had in my garage already. all clean and shiny now, gonna suck putting contact cement back on everything i just cleaned for 2 days, lol

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