Looking for advice or assistance: Previous owner hot-glued styrofoam to the cedar walls in our basement in Park Ridge.
2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 2:03 PM
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Looking for advice or assistance: Previous owner hot-glued styrofoam to the cedar walls in our basement in Park Ridge. Any tips on removing the hot glue without destroying the cedar? Or maybe a carpenter that has suggestions or can help?

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 2:10 PM

You could sand it down.

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 2:11 PM

Sand it?

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 2:14 PM

I would start with a paint scraper, then do fine detail with a razor blade. I think adhesive remover would stain the wood.

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 2:25 PM

A hair dryer or heat gun might soften the glue to make it easier to scrape off. Also try a plastic paint scraper or pot scraper to avoid damage

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 2:53 PM

Flip the boards

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 3:02 PM

If you use a heat gun to soften the glue- be very care full not to scorch the wood. If the backside of the wood looks good, flipping the boards would be the way to go!

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 4:21 PM

99% isopropyl alcohol will remove that kind of glue from other surfaces and it works on removing ink from wood, so. Wear gloves though. That kind of alcohol is hard on your hands and put it in a squirt type bottle. It is better to pool, but gravity will not allow that it this instance.

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 5:57 PM

It’s likely construction adhesive, not hot glue. But you can scrape it off and then sand the s$&@ out of it. Don’t use any major chemicals or they’ll stain the wood.

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2 years ago on 04/23/2020 at 6:13 PM

Provided you have no water damage on the other side, definitely flip them! I can help:)

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