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Mel posted 03-01-2006 09:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for Mel   Send Email to Mel  
Does anybody know how I can completely remove marine carpet glue from a 1967 Whaler?

I have a Whaler that the previous owner lined the floor and sides with carpet. I have removed the carpet but the floor is covered with 15 year old dried glue. It looks awful and I want to get the blue floor back to its original luster.

Any ideas or products suggestion for the removal of this glue?

starlight marine posted 03-01-2006 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for starlight marine  Send Email to starlight marine     
Mel, Capt. T. here from Starlight Marine. I feel your pain. I saw what someone did to that beautiful "Sport" you have. I hope someone here has a shorter cut for you but we use 3M Adheshive remover. It doesn't harm the gelcoat but just like all solvents you need to keep flipping your terry cloth and remove the glue so you don't just move it from one section to another. Wish that boat was here in Fla. Take care and good luck, Capt. T
The Judge posted 03-01-2006 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Gonna need a truckload of Goo-B-Gone!

Try WD-40 and maybe even acetone as well.

starlight marine posted 03-01-2006 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for starlight marine  Send Email to starlight marine     
I'm affraid the Judge is right about that. There's acetone in 3M adhesive remover. The problelm with straight acetone is that it evaporates too fast. Once again good luck. Will make a nice boat when you're done though. What model was it originally. I see you have the sport interior going in. T
Binkie posted 03-01-2006 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkie  Send Email to Binkie     
Try xylene, instead of acetone, it doesn`t evaporate as fast, and is a glue remover. Its what cabinet makers use to remove the glue from laminate cabinets. I don`t envy you, its going to be a tough job. I used a belt sander to remove the glue from the floor of a bass boat, but the floor wasn`t diamond pattern like on a Whaler, and I went right through the gel coat. There is no easy way on your boat, but it will help you develop patiance, and fortitude. LOL
Mel posted 03-01-2006 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mel  Send Email to Mel     
Thanks for the advice. I’ll try it and if I find a better way I’ll post back. Hopefully I won’t get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from this project.
Thanks Again
andygere posted 03-01-2006 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Whatever solvent you use, be cautious about leaving it in continuous contact with your gelcoat. An acetone soaked rag will not fully evaporate, and if left on your deck long enough, can destroy the gelcoat.
efduffer posted 03-02-2006 01:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for efduffer  Send Email to efduffer     
I've had some success on some types of glue, silicone, and paint by softening it up with a solvent then taking the power washer to it. Just be careful of which nozzle you use, though. If you're lucky and it starts coming off quickly, be ready to collect it or keep it wet so it doesn't dry and stick to a new spot.
Bulldog posted 03-02-2006 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Not sure if it would help, but perhaps before doing anything, put the boat in an area that you can heat to about 100 degrees, might speed the process up, although I guess evaporation would also speed up.....Jack
bdreaper123 posted 03-02-2006 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdreaper123  Send Email to bdreaper123     
I would try acetone and if that doesn't work good enough for you try some MEK(Methyl Ethyl Ketone). MEK will definitely do the job but you better wear some gloves with that stuff. I don't agree with ANDYGERE about acetone destroying a gelcoat. I have used Gallons of Acetone doing numerous boat repairs and never had a gelcoat get damaged by Acetone. It will greatly dull the surface but that is nothing a good buffing job can't take out.
andygere posted 03-02-2006 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
bdreaper123, read what I said in my post. I never advised against using acetone, I simply suggested that due caution be used.

An acetone soaked rag will not fully evaporate, and if left on your deck long enough, can destroy the gelcoat.

Acetone is a fine solvent to use on gelcoat, but it will destroy gelcoat if left in continuous contact for a long period of time. This has been documented, with photos, right here on the forum. If you want to soak a rag in acetone, leave it on your gelcoat for a few days and then take a look at the results, I think you'll see what I'm talking about. I've restored 3 Whalers and have been working on boats, surfboards, kayaks and the like for over 25 years. I know what I'm talking about.

bdreaper123 posted 03-02-2006 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdreaper123  Send Email to bdreaper123     
I stand corrected. I can't honestly say that i have ever left an acetone soaked rag sitting on gelcoat for several days.
Loafer posted 03-03-2006 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Loafer  Send Email to Loafer     
I find that Soy-Gel paint remover takes some glue off as well. The bottle advises that it may soften gelcoat if left on too long.
bullet posted 03-04-2006 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bullet  Send Email to bullet     
I had same problem, used MEK and wire brush.Took forever, but it worked!

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