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Removing adhesive underlay from oak flooring

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by Landycat, 11 Sep 2019.

  1. Landycat

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    Hi,
    I won 40 square metres of solid oak flooring on ebay,not nailed or glued but has 'Elastilon Basic' self adhesive underlay stuck to the underside.
    I can scrape most of it off with a paint scraper,but this leaves a layer of very sticky residue I don't know how to remove.

    Is there an easy way to get this stuff off without damaging the oak?
     
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    All I can suggest is to experiment to find a solvent- including asking the company.

    I bought old parquet and went through several tests to find a solvent for the bitumen that had been used as glue. Eventually I found that white spirit worked - but wickes "white spirit substitute" did not.

    I still have some left in the shed and may try making a jig on a small bandsaw to remove a very small amount off the bottom. The important bit would be to remove a consistent amount and end up with blocks the same size.
    I also looked at a cheap amazon desktop planer but suspected that machining the bottom off might gum up the machine before the task was done. I planned on sacrificing the machine anyway as it was circa £100.

    40 sq m is quite a lot so it has to be sustainable
     
  3. dazlight

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    Take it to a wood mil and they have a machine which will take 3mm off the bottom.
     
  4. foxhole

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    I find lighter fuel will disolve many adhesives, or cover it in talc and leave it on.
     
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    I could use talc to make it easier to handle and nail the flooring to battens on my concrete floor.
    Seems like a plan.

    Thanks.
     
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    Or stick it back down on self adhesive foam underlay again .
     
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    But then I'd be sticking the underlay to the old glue rather than the wood - seems risky.
     
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    Twice the glue .
     
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    Acetone is pretty good for glue removal but with 40 sq m to do talc and batten sounds much easier :)
     
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