Removing my old carpeting help!

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    greggs
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    @greggs

    This seemed to be such a simple project when I conceived it!

    RE: My FF TD – the old carpet is badly faded and I decided to replace it. The floor pan went very quick and I was sure the rest would be the same. Not exactly! The boot area behind the seat is wearing me down – I’m too old for this project! The builder must have used an enormous amount of glue, especially on the wheel wells. I’m down to pulling dime size pieces and leaving most of the rubber backing still attached. I’ve been reluctant to try a solvent method on fiberglass as I’m afraid of irreversible damage. Likewise using a heat gun.

    The rubber backing doesn’t bother me too much as I think the new carpeting would bond okay (MG Magic carpet kit – not too impressed with it, but going to suppliers for carpeting is not much better.)

    Anyway, if anybody has run into this problem, I’d appreciate knowing how they solved it. Thanks

    #304865

    davdbrockton
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    @davdbrockton

    Depends on whether it is epoxy or polyester resin. Epoxy is much more resilient to solvents. Methanol should be good on both but acetone may well dissolve polyester so try it on a bit that doesn’t matter to start with. Don’t use nail varnish remover as a source of acetone if you try this as it is oily and nothing will ever stick again! Acetone would be my favourite but do be cautious. Good luck, David, UK.

    #304866

    davdbrockton
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    @davdbrockton

    PS. Meant to suggest cellulose as a solvent but again ‘ve careful on polyester resin. D.

    #304875

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    use a putty knife and a lot of elbow grease; maybe combined with some Goof Off.

    Or better: get one of those oscillating cutoff/multi-thingies that didn’t exist 20 years ago and how did we ever do anything without them? They come with a flat blade that’s made to peel construction adhesive, mastic & tile, etc off floors. Should make quick work of your carpet remnants.

    #304877

    royal
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    @royal

    Ed’s right.  Those multi-tools are great.  I bought mine for about $20 at Harbor Freight and yes it is a POS but it gets in and works where everything else fails.  When it quits, I’ll give it a nice burial and buy another Harbor Freight one.

    I have never really had any luck with Goof-Off.  WD40 seems to work just as good for me.

    #304879

    kall
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    @kall

    I certainly agree about Goofoff.  It has serious toxic warnings.  Not really a concern for occasional use but you’ll likely spend hours leaning over the solvent-soaked carpet so you would get a big dose.  The oscillating tool sounds promising.  Also, I have seen roofers use an angle grinder with a wire brush to remove tar-saturated seam tape from roof joints.  Violent and messy but effective and solvent-free.  Not a fun job no matter how you do it.

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    #304884

    greggs
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    @greggs

    You may remember from my original  post, that I mentioned I was old. And I must have had a gas pocket in my brain, because I have a multi tool. I bought it for a specific project.  I went to Dremel’s website and they have a video showing the multitool removing glued on carpet! I bought the recommended scraper blade and I will let you know when I try it this weekend. (When it gets warmer in the garage.) I’ve did some investigation of Fiber Fab’s method of manufacturing and it looks like they used polyester resin. I will probably forget about using solvents because of the material – thanks Dave and the rest of you crazies that cautioned me.

    If nothing else, the members of this forum have raised  my hopes! I want to thank you for your responses and help.  I hope I can return the favor someday.

    #304885

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Glad to help. The real work is all your own.

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