How to Remove Trim Applied With Wood Glue

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After removing wood baseboard, chair rail, window or door casing trim that has been secured with wood glue, you might wonder why you ever thought wood glue was a good idea. Wood glue is a solvent-resistant, strong, permanent glue that should be used sparingly and in wood-to-wood applications only. Removing wood trim that has been glued to plaster or drywall with wood glue requires a few extra steps, but it is not impossible.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp utility knife
  • Spray bottle
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Sharp paint scraper
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Score the seam between the trim and the wall with a sharp utility knife. Apply light pressure to the knife to cut through any dried paint or silicone and into the paper face of the drywall.

  • Fill a small spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and spray the vinegar into the opened seam to loosen the wood glue. Work on a small section of wood trim at a time and allow the vinegar to work for 15 minutes before continuing.

  • Place a pry bar into the seam between the trim and the wall and press it behind the trim by hammering the handle end of the pry bar with a hammer.

  • Apply downward pressure on the pry bar to pry the trim away from the wall.

  • Continue the saturation with vinegar and prying actions until all of the trim has been removed.

  • Remove the wood glue from the walls and trim by placing a sharp paint scraper against the glue and scraping away the remaining glue.

  • Sand the walls and the back of the trim with an 80-grit sandpaper to smooth their surfaces before reinstalling the trim with brads or countersunk screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Letting De Glue Goo Wood Glue Remover sit on the trim until the old glue is thoroughly softened helps with scraping off the glue.

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