Removing old Evostick contact adhesive

Poignard

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I have removed some old Formica from a locker front and door. Instead of replacing it, I want to clean up the plywood underneath and varnish it. Removal of the Formica has left a coating of Evostick contact adhesive. How can I remove this old adhesive without damaging the plywood face veneer? It is still slightly tacky and rapidly clogs sand paper , I have also tried Evostick adhesive remover but this is not very effective and its fumes in a confined space are likely to kill me before achieving anything.
 

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Have you tried simply softening it with a hairdryer and rubbing it off with a soft cloth? (the evostick that is /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif)

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Suggest you contact Toomer & Hayter, who will sell you an extremely effective 3M filtration mask which works brilliantly in enclosed spaces spraying adhesive about. They will also advise on the best way of removing the old stuff, but it is tricky. I used petrol a on Industrial Hand wipe tissue, and cheap scouring pads and then wiped off after a minute or two soak. It took forever to do my 22 footer interior though.
 

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[ QUOTE ]
Suggest you contact Toomer & Hayter, who will sell you an extremely effective 3M filtration mask which works brilliantly in enclosed spaces spraying adhesive about

[/ QUOTE ] Or Hawke House
It is called an "organic vapours" mask. It is very good but there is an upper limit to what it can handle so good ventillation is still needed.
 

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Just been removing some 25 year old Evostick residue. Found that clogged sandpaper on an orbital sander (120 grit) softens the stuff which then allows it to be scraped off with a wallpaper stripper. That and Evostick cleaner (mostly toluene) gets it to a finish sandable level - though I wish I'd left the stuff alone - it didn't look that bad.
 

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If the locker door is removable, I'd do so and then use Evostick thinners or similar in a well ventilated place. This would get around the need to wear respiratory protection.
 

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Screwfix also supply the 3M mask mentioned by Fullcircle for £14.89............... item 13038-86 (page 633 of their current catalogue).
 

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Maybe you can afford to use some rather aggressive chemicals on wood, but how do you get the stuff off headlining material? A rather botched attempt at refixing some of the trim on our boat ( Yes, it's a Westerly!) has left bits of dried out Evostik around the edges. I have tried a number of solutions including some specialist stuff from Hawke House that was stubbornly resisted by the deposits. Abrading is not an option in this case and I feel that a chemical that melts away the Evostik will also melt away the lining materials. The problem is that it's been there a while and is pretty baked on. Any suggestions welcome
 

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acetone works, No3 thinners I would have thought would be good as mentioned, B+Q do another remover, don't know what that would so to the wood though!
 
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