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Old 02-13-2019, 05:19 PM
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Default Damn EVA foam removal ( seadek/marine mat)

i installed a Marine Mat branded eva foam ruler on my gunnel.

Let me tell you, when they say its easy to remove, its all lies.

First removing the foam itself is a pain in the ass, it breaks, it comes off in pieces etc. After the foam is removed, it leaves this adhesive that is IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE. I tried nail polish, nope. Tried a sander, nope. I then went to industrial strength 3M adhesive remover. 3M stuff works, but it takes so long. It gums up. It took me 1 hours to remove a 6 inch by 4 inch patch and my ruler is 36 inches long.

Anyone have any ideas.... I don't know how hard it is to remove seadek brand, but after this, i would never put any of those EVA foams on if i ever want to remove it.
Old 02-13-2019, 05:27 PM
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Wet a towel with acetone and let it sit on the adhesive.
Old 02-14-2019, 10:54 AM
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I used acetone also. Keep changing rag or the glue will soften and re-apply. Lousy job and time consuming. It took me a week to get the glue and the perille rubber floor from the deck with a scraper, grind the sharp pointy edge end off the scraper so it don’t dig in.
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Soften if up with acetone and remove the bulk of it with a ice scraper or something similar .
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Heat gun when you first start. Let foam cool enough to touch but glue under it will still be hot. Steady pressure and go slow enough to let the glue fail.
Then hold acetone rag on remaining glue to chemically soften it. Wax paper over rag keeps it from evaporating fast and re-sticking..
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Yup.....USE THIS, We used these daily in our sign business, will save tons of time and no chemicals to deal with.
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We just removed sea deck from the floor of an enclosed bridge that was done last summer. (Sea deck was installed as a hold over until teak and holly could be properly done this winter) a flat blade on a multi tool like the fein oscillating multi tool worked well. Left some residue that is fairly easily cleaned with acetone. We pulled up roughly 40 sq ft in a couple hours.
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As said above a plastic blade on an oscillating tool to remove the mat. Then I used mineral spirits soaked in a towel over the glue for about 20 min. The another rag with acetone for the rest.

I recently redid the mats on my boat. Its a very tedious process that I do not look forward to doing again.
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Regular ole gasoline works best for the glue residue.
Old 02-15-2019, 09:37 AM
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So, i tried acetone, didnt really work.

BUT, reading monstahwa post, i remembered i had one of those i bought before that didnt work on an older decal. I tried it and the adhesive came off like BUTTER..... I was able to remove it all in about 5 minutes. If you have fresh adhesive, not 5 year old dried caked on... the wheel works wonders.

Thanks guys!

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