Removing flooring glue

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Forum topic by Clarence posted 01-14-2010 06:02 PM 881 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2010 06:02 PM

A number of years ago I happened to be in the right place at the right time when the company where I worked decided to replace a wood mosaic patterned floor in a reception area. This was groove-and-spline mitered 3/4 inch red oak—very high-dollar stuff. It was being replaced because the installer had not glued it down properly when it was installed a year or two earlier. That was good for me because it didn’t tear up very badly when they pried it up.

I hauled away all I could load and still have quite a bit of it. I cleaned it up and installed some of it in the vestibule and hallway of my new home. The remainder will make some very nice table tops, and the damaged pieces can be used as rails or stiles in any number of other projects.

My question: does anyone have a suggestion of a good way to remove the glue on the back of these boards? Heat? Solvent? Chisel? It’s khaki-colored, applied with a finger trowel, and pretty dang hard.


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#1 posted 01-16-2010 09:55 PM

The best approach may be a wire wheel. I know in the past on some fancy marble, a not so accomplished tile setter used a mastic on a tile job that did not hold except to the stone. Although it took some time, a laborer used a 4” grinder and a wire wheel to clean the mastic off the stone. The stone was then reset in a bed of thinset no worse for wear.

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#2 posted 01-17-2010 04:20 PM

Drum sander with very coarse sandpaper?

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 09:06 PM

I have removed floor mastic with plain old white vinegar. Poured it on and let it set. Scraped right off. Might work with that glue.

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