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Tip o trick to removing old dash pad foam / glue?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by solo_909, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. solo_909
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,761


    So I removed the dash pad off my 63 and I have foam and glue still on the dash that didn't come off. Does anyone have any tips or tricks on removing this stuff without scratching up the metal dash underneath?

  2. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Try some 3M Adhesive Remover available at your local auto parts or auto paint store.
  3. solo_909
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,761


    Thanks, I took a trip to homedepot and picked up some spray goo gone and it with a little soaking and 5 hours of scrubbing it's clean as a whistle
    Lol. Man that was a messy job!
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012
  4. I used one of those 4 inch razor scrapers for floors from home depot on my bro's 63. It worked like a champ for most of it, the rest sanded off pretty easily. I didnt want to soak it with anything and yes, very messy.
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  5. redlinetoys
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,302

    from Midwest

    Just a general comment, when you buy that goo-gone stuff you are paying a godawful amount of money per ounce for regular solvent that can be bought MUCH cheaper in a gallon can.

    Everyone should just keep a one gallon can of VM&P Naptha around for these purposes. You can get a steel 1 gallon can with a screw on lid for about $12-14 at a Menards or Sherwin Williams store. VM&P Naptha solvent is one step stronger than Mineral Spirits and is perfect for removing road tar, sticker residue, etc from paint, plastic, metal, etc. It is one of the strongest solvents you can get that will leave your paint intact.

    It is great for many, many purposes around the house. Do a little quick math on how much you pay for a little 4 oz bottle of goo-gone and you will be amazed at the per gallon price... probably something like $80-90 plus per gallon!

    Of course, for any chemical, read the MSDS first and make sure you have the right safety equipment, knowledge and environment to use it without hurting yourself.
  6. Moonequipt13
    Joined: Jul 9, 2012
    Posts: 196


    This reminds me of the time I worked at a hobby shop, some guy walked up to the counter with a little three ounce bottle of testors mineral spirits that cost almost six bucks. I told him he could get a whole gallon at the paint store next door for about four more bucks
  7. solo_909
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,761


    Awesome, I used a plastic paint knife and I soaked it so I wouldn't scratch up the paint under the adhesive. I was just trying to remove the pad so I can keep or original color of the metal dash underneath.
  8. solo_909
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,761


    Sounds great, I apreciate the wisdom. I'll keep it in mind for future clean ups.
  9. weez
    Joined: Dec 5, 2002
    Posts: 860


    I took the stock dash pad glue off my '63 Comet with frickin' hot water and a mild dish scrubber! Without harming the paint, I might add-

    Years later, I'm having a hell of a time getting non-stock 70's upholstery shop glue off of the same kind of dash on the Comet I have now. Soak, scrape and scrub, repeat...
  10. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    If you only need a little naphtha, buy lighter fluid.
  11. 55CadillacTed
    Joined: Apr 26, 2010
    Posts: 234


    wire wheel on your angle grinder is the fastest and easiest. And no chemicals to inhale or deal with. Get the wire wheel cup. Lasts much longer.
  12. HotRodAV8
    Joined: Oct 7, 2002
    Posts: 87

    from Seattle Wa

    use fire,could take everything down... but the glue will be gone!
  13. KeithDyer
    Joined: Mar 26, 2007
    Posts: 193


    One of the best non-traditional goo removers I have found is the orange air freshener they sell at Wal Mart.

    Thin, white / orange aluminum spray can.

    I guess it is Orange Oil. Will cut a lot of the glue and stuff (old concession stand grease, too!!!) better than some of the other I have tried.

    Take care, K
  14. Peanut butter .... smells good and works bitchen.... and the citrus gel mentioned above.
  15. InPrimer
    Joined: Mar 10, 2003
    Posts: 778


    try using a nylon "wire "wheel it's strong enough it will not scratch the paint if you use it with light pressure Ck out HF they have them for about$3.

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