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What might remove this glue?

By Pinball_Physics

2 years ago

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    #1 2 years ago

    At one time a card or something was glued to this apron. It looks like an older type of glue due to the color of it. It is not water soluble. Goo Gone does no good. Gasoline doesn't work either. I need some ideas to get this stuff off.

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    #2 2 years ago

    Try WD40. Let it soak for a little bit then try to scrape it with a credit card or something similar.

    #3 2 years ago

    Gasoline? Never tried that. Wd40?

    #4 2 years ago

    A similar thread last week about removing masking tape. WD-40 worked, and several people urged poster to try peanut butter.

    Let us know what you try and if it worked.

    #5 2 years ago

    Don't use lacquer thinner... a buddy of mine had a similar glue on his Funhouse apron. One quick swipe, it left the glue, and pulled/smudged the artwork/paint.

    #6 2 years ago

    WD-40 will do the job. Soak, wipe gently and soak again.

    #7 2 years ago

    Hair dryer and plastic scraper.

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from tomdrum:

    WD-40 will do the job. Soak, wipe gently and soak again.

    I tried WD-40 and peanut butter on an old operator sticker someone half scraped off my Blackout, neither one phased it a wit. Certainly worth trying but in my case was no dice.

    #9 2 years ago

    There was just a thread a few days ago with an impenetrable adhesive from an old sticker. WD40 got it. Worth a shot -

    #10 2 years ago

    I forgot to mention that I have tried WD 40 too. No luck.

    #11 2 years ago

    FYI From what I’ve seen, the gottlieb aprons in late 60’s 70’s games seem to lose the paint super easy sometimes. You wipe them with anything and it’s a risk of losing paint. Might just have been my games but I’d be careful.

    #12 2 years ago

    That almost looks like construction adhesive, and unfortunately won’t come off easily.

    #13 2 years ago

    amazon.com link »

    It's worth a shot. I'm not sure what kind of glue you are up against, but this stuff is amazing for certain adhesives. Low risk for the art and you can soak it for older glues to enhance it's power.

    #15 2 years ago

    Maybe rapid-tac adhesive remover under saran wrap.

    Its like orange oil but finer and soaks in better

    #16 2 years ago
    Quoted from jj44114:

    Hair dryer and plastic scraper.

    Have you tried this yet.

    #17 2 years ago

    I just did a google search on removing construction glue - I don't think any of the options I saw are good for your situation. Basically, they either recommend commercial glue remover, which is extremely harsh on paint, or heating it and scraping it off, which would remove your paint.

    Hate to say it, but I think you're going to have to live with it or find a new apron.

    #18 2 years ago

    Keep looking for a nice apron.
    Photoshop up a fake vintage operator tag and use it to hide the glue. You could even use your own name.

    Don C.

    #19 2 years ago

    Pinball Rescue has the decals for this apron. Perhaps that might be option #3.


    #20 2 years ago

    I'm not convinced this is construction adhesive. I do see why it's being labeled that, but really any cured glue/adhesive will look similar.

    Re-hydrate with some low impact solvent and bludgeon with dull mechanical force and call it macaroni.

    #21 2 years ago

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'll try them out and see if I can get lucky. Anybody else remember that glue we used to use in schools in the late 50s-60s that had like a tapered flat rubber applicator? There was a small slit in the flat that would release glue depending on how light or heavy you wanted it to come out. The color of this is very similar and I recall that stuff hardened like a rock to look kind of like amber. You always had to bend the rubber tip to get the old dried stuff off before using the applicator again. I wonder if this is that type of glue. If that jogs a memory perhaps you might remember the brand name.

    #22 2 years ago

    That would be Lepage’s glue.

    #23 2 years ago

    The name is Lepages. They are still around, the rubber tipped bottle is not. Solvent based glue is not for schoolkids (anymore).


    #24 2 years ago

    If it is really contact cement, it won’t be rock hard, there will still be some ‘give’. Most sites say only heat and scraping work, because you can’t re-liquify the rubber base, but heat will soften it.


    #25 2 years ago

    That was mucilage by LePages. Remember it well.
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