Removing carpet glued to floor?? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Removing carpet glued to floor??

Not sure if this was the previous owner, or the factory, but the tan carpet in my 2001 Scamp is glued to the plywood floor in places. I've already pulled up the carpet under the bed/dinnette and there are significantly large patches where the foam insulation/backing bonded to the the carpet has left behind significant amounts of foam glued to the the plywood. I have some Allure ordered and will be replacing the carpet, but I want it to lay flat on the plywood without bumpy foam bits under it?

Is there some secret to getting that off there? A solvent that won't stink forever? An abrasive that won't make a mess?

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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I would be careful with solvents, only cause your dealing with plywood.........

I tore out the carpet in our Casita. What a chore! You would have thought they were trying to prevent a theft of carpet. Glued all over....... With the Casita it's attached to fiberglass with this rubber stuff on top of it. Anyway, the only suggestion I have would be to scrape, scrape, scarpe!!!!

I guess you could try asking where you purchased your Alllure from if they have any suggestions. But I would be leary of using any solvent on plywood.

Get your scraping on!

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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I suggest a dremel tool with a scraping attachment. If that exists. Surely something like that exists?
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #4
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I would try a heat gun/hair dryer to soften the glue and a putty knife. Then a sander to get the residue. Watch the sander near your fiberglass. Raz
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:33 PM   #5
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When we pulled up the carpeting in our Scamp Mr. 2yax used a Harbor Freight Multi-tool with the scraper blade on it and then went over it with the sanding blade attached. It made a swift neat job that was otherwise entirely messy. (face mask required...should have worn one when we pulled up the dust laden carpet to begin with...ugh.)

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Old 06-01-2012, 12:14 AM   #6
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Same thing in my Boler. I bought a paint roller scraper. It is solid steel and doesn't flex. I used a file to sharpen it a LITTLE. You don't want it too sharp or it will just cut into the flooring. Dust mask for sure. Once it was done, I put down a thin rubber underlay tacked down with carpet tape, and then carpet, also with carpet tape. Nice warm floor now.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:14 AM   #7
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yep,,,those vibrating multitools would be perfect for this. in essence a miniature version of the profesional tile remover which sort of looks like a floor buffer with a foot wide scraper blade, used for removing old floor tile.
same principle.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:50 AM   #8
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I used my power sander with a course 80 grit paper and a vacuum attachment to remove the excess glue and residue.

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Old 06-01-2012, 11:12 AM   #9
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You can get a really great Heat Gun at Harbor Freight for less than $15 and the scraping tools to go with it for even less. I use the $13 one.

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Old 06-01-2012, 01:17 PM   #10
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I did mine to a nice clean finish with nothing more than a good sharp putty knife.

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