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Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-08-23 8:49 PM (#586472)
Subject: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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The guy/gals in the LA plant who were installing the rubber weather stripping on the doors of my 4 dr Custom Royal in May 1956 were not the neatest installers. They were probably quick and efficient but they didn't clean up the excess glue off the door (beside the rubber) and nobody in quality control gave a sh*t. Now that I am moving (at least temporarily) into the OCD cleaning and polishing phase of ownership, I would like to correct their mistakes and remove the excess hardened glue from the top and sides of the door (where nobody but me sees it).

So far I have tried:

1. Spray Nine - nothing
2. Painting Solvent - nothing
3. Goof OFF - dangerous - takes paint, leaves glue
4. Goo Gone - similar to Goof OFF - glue still there, less paint taken.
5. Methyl alcohol - might have worked on a small bit of glue but not on a bigger bit. Might have taken some paint.

Anything else that I should try, remembering that I am trying to remove old hard glue not paint.



Edited by 56D500boy 2019-08-23 8:49 PM
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GaryS
Posted 2019-08-23 9:34 PM (#586475 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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I recently removed some old glue from a door on my '56 Fury parts car, so I wasn't concerned about damaging paint. The original white had the color changed twice...first red, then black. After scraping off the old weather strip, all three colors were exposed, with the original white having the most glue. I used Methyl Ethyl Ketone and to my surprise it didn't damage any of the paint layers, but it did soften the old glue enough to brush it off with a stiff bristle scrub brush and a final wash with a Ketone soaked rag. Not sure how MEK affects different types of paint, so I'm not going to suggest you use it. I'm only sharing my one time experience.

Edited by GaryS 2019-08-23 9:36 PM
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LD3 Greg
Posted 2019-08-23 10:57 PM (#586479 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: RE: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?


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Try contact cement remover or acetone.

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58coupe
Posted 2019-08-23 10:59 PM (#586480 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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Acetone should do it too and may not hurt old paint, unless it was painted with lacquer. make sure you wear gloves .
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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-08-23 11:11 PM (#586481 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?


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oven cleaner? i don't think you can do anything easy that will save the paint.

paint prep is a softer paint thinner that doesn't remove paint, expensive though
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-08-24 1:37 AM (#586483 - in reply to #586481)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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I will try to track down and try some of the suggestions in the next few days. (Thanks guys)

In the mean time, I found this:

"What are the ingredients of Goof Off?

Known Ingredients:

PETROLEUM GASES, LIQUEFIED, SWEETENED.
BUTOXYDIGLYCOL.
ACETONE.
ETHYLBENZENE.
XYLENE.
KEROSENE (PETROLEUM), HYDROTREATED.
PROPANE."

Yikes.



Edited by 56D500boy 2019-08-24 1:38 AM
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wizard
Posted 2019-08-24 1:43 AM (#586484 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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Paint thinner, coarse cloth, barbecue bamboo sticks and a lot of careful elbow grease.
Soak a cloth in paint thinner and rub carefully on the glue.
When the glue become slightly sticky, rub with a dry cloth.
Sharpen the bamboo sticks as required for to reach into difficult spaces.
Work outside and use gloves.
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Old Ray
Posted 2019-08-24 9:29 AM (#586491 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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The careful and moderate application on a rag / paper towel with lacquer thinner.
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Phatton
Posted 2019-08-24 10:52 AM (#586496 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?


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Get a big rubber eraser (they are used in wood working to clean sanding belts - kind of tan in color) and a can of solvent 1st choice Adhesive Remover, 2nd xylene, 3rd MEK. Apply solvent wait a minute then scrub with eraser. The solvent will soften the glue. Friction from the eraser will ball the soften glue up remove it. You may have to go over the same spot 2 or 3 times. This is not a fun project - recommend it be done in a well vented space.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-08-24 11:18 AM (#586498 - in reply to #586491)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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"Lacquer thinner is usually a mixture of solvents able to dissolve a number of different resins or plastics used in modern lacquer.[1]

Previously, lacquer thinners frequently contained alkyl esters like butyl or amyl acetate, ketones like acetone or methyl ethyl ketone, aromatic hydrocarbons like toluene, ethers such as glycol cellosolves, and/or alcohols.[2]

Modern lacquer thinners increasingly have to comply with low-VOC regulations. These formulations are often mostly acetone with small quantities of aromatic solvent."

Ah, the good old days of high VOC materials.
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60 dart
Posted 2019-08-24 3:50 PM (#586509 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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this might be your best bet but i doubt anything will remove old automotive glue without removing any paint ---------------------------------------------later

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Astro-Pneumatic-400E-Eraser-Wheel-Pad-For-P...
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57chizler
Posted 2019-08-24 4:29 PM (#586516 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: RE: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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This stuff used to work pretty good but I suspect it's been diluted because of environmental concerns:

3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover

3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover is ideal for maintaining painted finishes during and after vehicle collision repair. A solvent-based formula dissolves adhesives without damaging painted surfaces. Available as an aerosol spray, this adhesive remover lets you remove adhesive residue without scraping tools or abrasives.

Details:



• Blend of non-abrasive solvents quickly dissolves adhesive residue without harming cured paint
• Versatile for use during and after collision repair: remove masking residue
• Easy-to-use formula is available in an aerosol can
• Safe for use on nearly all cured automotive paints




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56D500boy
Posted 2019-08-24 6:17 PM (#586520 - in reply to #586498)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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Bought some contact cement remover. Probably acetone-based.

Good news: Removes (some) glue. Bad news: Removes (some) paint (even using a Q-tip as the applicator).

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westaus29
Posted 2019-08-25 10:24 AM (#586538 - in reply to #586472)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?


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I would use mineral spirits or kerosene with patience .... slow but eventually softens glue and doesnt affect paint. Anything else will probably attack the paint
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-08-26 11:36 PM (#586615 - in reply to #586538)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?



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westaus29 - 2019-08-25 7:24 AM

I would use mineral spirits or kerosene with patience .... slow but eventually softens glue and doesn't affect paint. Anything else will probably attack the paint


I did try mineral spirits (I think) but it was too slow. Hate the smell of kerosene so that won't be happening.

I tried the contact cement remover again, using a Q-tip, and it seemed to work - took some glue, softened some other glue but did not seem to take any of the original OE paint (on the top of the door). So some progress.





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annasanders12
Posted 2019-09-27 9:04 AM (#588030 - in reply to #586615)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing 60 plus year old weather stripping glue from the doors?


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I can relate to you, It's just hard removing old glue though.

Edited by annasanders12 2019-09-27 9:05 AM
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