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Old 08-27-2016, 06:47 PM   #1
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Removing Gummy Residue from Fiberglass?

So, what can I safely use to remove the last bit of a gummy residue that was left behind from a previous owner installing some kind of covering on the fiberglass backsplash wall of the kitchenette in my 1300 Trillium?

I never saw what was there...it was long gone before I got the trailer. I scraped the worst of a white, gummy, but not sticky layer off already but there is still a residue left behind that just feels tacky to the touch.

I scraped with a plastic scraper and used a vacuum to clean off the edge of the scraper as I worked.
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Old 08-27-2016, 06:50 PM   #2
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Before I started scraping...
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Old 08-27-2016, 06:54 PM   #3
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Have you tried "GOO GONE" or mineral spirits... I think that would do iot or even WD-40 works great on removing sticky residue.....
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I haven't tried anything yet as I wanted to make sure I would't harm the fiberglass. I have some mineral spirits...I'll try that. I'm sure I got some WD40 around here too.

Does the mineral spirits dissolve the residue?
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You can try Coca Cola and when that doesn't work, you can make a rum and Coke.
My guess is that it is contact cement. You can buy contact cement thinner ( probably a more expensive way to buy what is a regular solvent ).
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You can use any of those with no harm to the fiberglass... I really don't think that is contact cement, it's usually more yellow looking and what ever was glued on there wouldn't have come off without causing sever damage if it had been contact cement. Unless what Glen is talking about is a different type of contact cement than what I've used. The contact cement we use here in the south is also call Formica Glue used to glue formica on counter tops....
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You can try Coca Cola and when that doesn't work, you can make a rum and Coke.
Would Coke Zero do the same thing?
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You can use any of those with no harm to the fiberglass... I really don't think that is contact cement, it's usually more yellow looking and what ever was glued on there wouldn't have come off without causing sever damage if it had been contact cement. Unless what Glen is talking about is a different type of contact cement than what I've used. The contact cement we use here in the south is also call Formica Glue used to glue formica on counter tops....
The white layer I scraped off was a soft gummy material, not brittle or dry or crumbly.

I wonder if someone did glue up a thin peice of formica to the wall once upon a time when that was the "in" thing?
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3M adhesive remover won't harm the fiberglass. I get it at auto parts stores but marine supply stores in my area also sell it.

The bonus is it is a terrific product and the extra won't be going to waste because you will be able to use it on a wide variety of surfaces.

I also like a product called Mostenbocker Lift Off. Lowes and Home Depot sell it. It is safe to use on fiberglass and many other surfaces. Another good product to have around the house. I use it fairly often, even works for taking off spray adhesives. Spray it on, let it sit for a while, use a plastic scraper wiping the scraper off on paper towels for removing the bulk of the residue, then wash the surface.
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Try peanut butter (smooth) or mayonnaise left on for 24 hours. Or try alcohol. You may have one of these at your disposal. If they don't work at least it was an inexpensive and safe experiment.
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I used to use WD40 and mineral spirits to remove price tags and similar "rubber cement type" adhesives.

Then I found that cooking oil generally does the same job.
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[QUOTE=Anne-Marie L;606017]So, what can I safely use to remove the last bit of a gummy residue?
Just found a great product on the Casita forum site. This "De-solve-it, for contractors" works great and does not harm the fiberglass or smell so stinky! We found it at "Do It Best" hardware store in N.Carolina.
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I use acetone (which is the main ingredient in nail polish remover) to remove tape and glue residues. Doesn't touch the fiberglass.
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