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Old 08-11-2015, 07:40 PM   #1
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How much glued on padding do we need to remove?


Recently bought a lake cottage. We have one bedroom with glued down pad that is black in color and is coming up in shreds. We will be laying laminate wood flooring over this. We will lay a sound barrier padding under laminate as its on the second floor. How much of this black padding that has been glued down do we need to remove? And if the answer is "all" ... How? Thanks for your input!
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That depends on how level you want your laminate.

I would remove all of it that I can.

There should be a chemical solvent for the padding glue.

Ask at the box-store, or at a carpet installation place.

Maybe a flooring pro will be along soon to tell you exactly how.


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Over a wood subfloor or a concrete slab?

The answer is 'all'---how? depends a bit on your answer to my first question.

Warm soapy water and a razor scraper is great for concrete---(razor scrapers are sold in the tile section of the stores)
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Over a wood plank subfloor. I have purchased several razor scrappers - used one for most of the other rooms and it worked great. But this particular padding must be very old because it comes off by crumbling and I can't get under it to remove larger pieces. I'm tempted to take a small razor blade to it - however that will take me forever. Thanks for any assistance you can provide. As previously stated we'll be covering with laminate wood planks with a sound barrier pad.
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Have you tried a wire brush?
If that works--perhaps an angle grinder with a wire wheel would work.
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In the garden tool section there is a scraper type tool made for cutting weeds from the joints in driveways, sidewalks etc.

It looks similar to a garden hoe, except there is no 90 degree turn in the steel shank, it is straight.

If you sharpen it well it might give you more leverage to get under the junk pad to scrape it off.

scrape with the grain of the planks, and I wish you good luck.


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I would try using a tungsten carbide paint scraper to remove the padding and expose the glue holding it down. Then, try lacquer thinner, mineral spirits and water to see what dissolves the glue. Once you know what dissolves it, use a cheap paint brush to paint the solvent liberally onto the glue and then cover with wax paper, and then hold the perimeter of the wax paper down with either sticks or a chain. That will prevent the solvent from evaporating as it penetrates into the glue.

Now, remove the sticks of chain and slowly pull the wax paper back and use the paint scraper to scrape off the softened glue.

Obviously, provide plenty of ventilation when working with flammable solvents, and take a fresh air break if you find yourself day dreaming a little too much.
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On concrete the wire cup in an angle grinder is the fastest.

On a wood floor I've experienced good results using water with a tiny amount of Dawn and a 3x5 black scrubbing pad, the thing sold for cleaning BBQ grills. I never use solvents and suggest that you do not especially on a wood floor.

Large area? Rent a floor buffer and buy several of the black stripping pads with the soapy water. They are almost the same coarseness as BBQ pads.
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