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Old 10-23-13, 10:57 PM
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Sticky problem

Hi I am new to this site. I have a problem. I am removing the old sticky backed foam from my van roof. The problem is that the foam is stuck fast to the metal. Any ideas of how I can remove this easily rather than trying to scrape with a plastic spatulas? Thanks
 
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Old 10-23-13, 11:02 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

I don't think there is an easy way to do that. It's going to require some type of scraping whether it's a metal or plastic scraper.

With it being on the ceiling you really can't use any kind of chemicals to aid you.
 
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Old 10-24-13, 12:15 AM
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Ohhhhh

I thought that might be the case. I am converting to a camper. Never done one before and it's my little project to prove I can actually do it.
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Old 10-24-13, 03:37 AM
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You could try a hair dryer to WARM up the glue as you scrape it.
Just don't overheat to the point of damaging the paint or distorting the metal roof.

Another aid would be after scraping most of it off some type of solvent to help dissolve the glue, but be sure to be careful with this and wear proper safety glasses to prevent dripping it into your eyes.
You would have to experiment but acetone or laquuer thinner would be two I would try first.
 
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Old 10-24-13, 10:40 AM
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Thanks GregH

I may try the hair dryer or even wait until the midday when it will be at its hottest.

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Whether you're going to use the hair dryer, paint or lacquer thinner.... ventilation! Just in case.
 
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Old 10-24-13, 02:03 PM
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Thanks Bill, ALSO!!! Don't use the solvent and hair drier at the same time.
 
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Old 10-24-13, 02:23 PM
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WD40 is a pretty decent adhesive solvent that generally does not harm paint. Again, not at the same time as the hair dryer.
 
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Old 10-25-13, 01:33 AM
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Hmmm

I think I may just have to use elbow grease. There goes my holiday weekend here in New Zealand. Thanks everyone for your advice
 
 

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