How to Remove Paneling Glue From Plaster

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Faux wood paneling has got to go!
Faux wood paneling has got to go! (Image: lambri et bois image by Emmanuelle Combaud from Fotolia.com)

Paneling nails used to be the fastener of choice for hanging paneling. Then paneling glue became available; it was easier to use, and became very popular. Paneling styles go in and out of fashion, and many people opt to remove the paneling all together to get to the original wall plaster material. It is not uncommon for the adhesive to remain stuck to the wall after the paneling has been removed. Readily available materials can be used to remove the leftover adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Chemical resistant goggles
  • Brushable paste adhesive remover
  • Metal cup
  • Bristled paint brush
  • Putty knife
  • Warm, soapy water

Put on a pair of chemical resistant gloves, chemical resistant goggles and a nice pair of work shoes. Pour about 1 cup of brushable paste or gel adhesive remover into a metal cup.

Apply the paste adhesive remover directly to the paneling glue with a bristled paint brush. Because the adhesive remover is a paste, or gel, consistency, it will stay in place. Allow the remover to sit on the paneling glue for up to 30 minutes.

Scrape the paneling glue off of the plaster wall with a putty knife and place the scrapings into a disposable container. Repeat the process until all of the adhesive has been removed.

Dump any unused remover back into the original container for storage. Clean the tools you used with warm, soapy water.

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