Post by 58hemifury on May 16, 2014 21:25:51 GMT -5
Anyone have a miracle vinyl top glue remover that they've used? I've been in the body business for over 20 years and never had to strip this stuff off before. I'm thinking (as is my paint rep) 3M specialty adhesive remover but that shit isn't cheap and a Monaco roof is several square acres. I'm hoping for a cheap alternative that may even work better.
Post by Steam McQueen on May 17, 2014 0:30:01 GMT -5
- If you're not keen on the grinder I was just reading at "hotrodders" about using mineral spirits ...
The glue is high temp top and trim contact adhesive, and the solvent for it is Mineral Spirits. While Vince is right that Xylol (xylene) will remove it, mineral spirits is a lot cheaper. Put the Mineral spirits on and let it soak in for a while to soften up the old contact adhesive. Keep whatever you want to use, a rag, a scotchbrite pad, whatever soaked with the mineral spirits as you go. It will take a lot of elbow grease, but it will all come off. Don't be tempted to use a sander, grinder or anything else to try to hurry things up, all you'll do is just smear the old contact adhesive around with the heat and friction. You can use a putty knife if you want, but round off the blade so it won't scratch the metal top.
Mine was tacky as well, and I just put regular old gasoline in a spray bottle and went to work. Spray a bit and let it soak for a few seconds and then wipe off with a paper towel/rag. Works fine, just keep enough rags on hand that every wipe uses a clean side otherwise you'll just end up spreading it around. I probably used a dozen blue paper shop towels in all. Not very EPA friendly but it was cheap and effective.
I've also used carb cleaner (spray can variety) in the past when they're more dried out, and it works well on the tacky stuff too, but it's more expensive than gas.
Post by Steam McQueen on May 19, 2014 22:51:04 GMT -5
^ You're welcome! Keeping in mind I'm just the messenger, the info came from DanTwoLakes who is a moderator at Hotrodders.com. It sounds like it obviously worked well for you so it's definitely good info to have.
Post by 58hemifury on May 20, 2014 20:48:17 GMT -5
I did the whole top with 3 terry cloth wash cloths, 1/2 a red scuff pad, and less than a pint of mineral spirits. I may need to use a little more to clean up the little balls of glue that are on the windows and all but I barely used any materials and the job took about 2 hours total.
Post by oldcigarette on Mar 26, 2015 21:45:20 GMT -5
I got all of mine off with fire
I actually got pretty far with a razor blade but it's really easy to mess up. My paint wasn't real thick up there so I was just going to strip the rest with thinner and shoot primer afterwards but I didn't get to it. With the thinner up there it stripped right to the metal in short order.