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Old 09-07-2017, 11:26 AM   #1
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Glue removal from the floor

Hello folks. I got the seats out and the rubber floor cover up, but there is a gummy glue residue on some parts of the floor. The floor is plywood, still in very good condition. I've seen some solutions for getting glue off a metal floor, but cant seem to find any easy way for wood. Wire brushes? Chemicals? Metal scraper? Help!
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My plywood was in great shape as well but I cut out a small spot to check the steel below. Around the wheel wells it was rusted completely through. I ended up removing all the plywood and I'm glad that I did.

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Hello folks. I got the seats out and the rubber floor cover up, but there is a gummy glue residue on some parts of the floor. The floor is plywood, still in very good condition. I've seen some solutions for getting glue off a metal floor, but cant seem to find any easy way for wood. Wire brushes? Chemicals? Metal scraper? Help!
I had success with citrus degreaser. Its biodegradable and smells like oranges. It's usually in the cleaning department at most hardware stores, about $10 a gallon. It took me a gallon it says you can dilute but I used it uncut. Sprayed it on with a hand sprayer, then after letting it sit (but not evaporate) I wire brushed with an angle grinder and washed it out with a garden hose. Worked great.
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We removed the plywood as well. Our plywood smelled like diesel fuel. The previous owner I guess had spilled some. Plus the wood hid some rust holes so I am glad I did.
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Hello folks. I got the seats out and the rubber floor cover up, but there is a gummy glue residue on some parts of the floor. The floor is plywood, still in very good condition. I've seen some solutions for getting glue off a metal floor, but cant seem to find any easy way for wood. Wire brushes? Chemicals? Metal scraper? Help!
I used Easy Release 1 Gal. Adhesive Remover by Henry at big box store.

Worked pretty good, have to follow directions.

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That plywood is very deceiving. Guaranteed you'll find rust under there. Besides you take away headroom if you're going to insulate over the plywood. I think if you go down to bare metal, you'll be happy you did. The plywood isn't that hard to remove once to get a system of using a 48" crow bar and 4 lb hammer. Mine came up pretty easy that way and I found rust in places I really didn't think there would be any where the wood looked good.


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I used Easy Release 1 Gal. Adhesive Remover by Henry at big box store.

Worked pretty good, have to follow directions.

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I wonder how well this would have worked on the adhesive left behind from the reflective strips on the exterior?

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That plywood is very deceiving. Guaranteed you'll find rust under there. Besides you take away headroom if you're going to insulate over the plywood. I think if you go down to bare metal, you'll be happy you did. The plywood isn't that hard to remove once to get a system of using a 48" crow bar and 4 lb hammer. Mine came up pretty easy that way and I found rust in places I really didn't think there would be any where the wood looked good.


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We decided to take up the plywood, but now I have a couple other questions. We weren't planning on installing insulation, but we were going to do a layer of silver radiant barrier, with vinyl flooring on top. Do you think that will work on top of the bare metal?

Also, when mounting items to the floor (sink, bed, etc,) should I be using stainless self tapping screws? Thanks for your expertise!
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Why the choice for radiant barrier versus insulation? My understanding of radiant barrier is that it works well for sunshine or maybe something like a hot engine that's radiating heat but will do little to stop the flow of heat moving through something if it is not specifically radiant heat. Closed cell foam has a lot of benefits including making your vehicle quieter and even reducing some of the vibration.


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