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Removing foam backing

I have peeled off the 24" wide strip of "wallpaper" which I believe is officially call hull-liner
(see JT's Top Shop)

It was hanging on by a thread from age and water leaks.

Peeling it off has left an orangish foam layer no more that 1/8" thick.

Scraping that off is going to be a time consuming task if I cannot find an alternative process.

Suggestions are welcome.

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Hi
Had a similar issue when removing the old foam backed vinyl used on my boat.
I used a scraper (3") with the shopvac sucking up as i scraped. Actually went very quick. I used 3M's glue remover to wipe the glue off that remained.
Yes it was a PITA job, but not too much.
Make sure you wear a mask while scraping the foam (mine was really nasty and dusty) and a respirator/mask when using the glue remover.

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Re: Removing foam backing

I also found this on the interweb thingy...glass over the residue.

"18-09-07, 20:54
In answer to the issue of removing the old foam, last year while redoing all the lining in a 28 footer, I gave up removing the foam and instead used one layer of 1 1/2 ounce fibreglass matting and encapulated the whole lot. Smelt for two days, but as long as you remove the styrene fumes from the bilges it was very successful. "

I am working in a yard that is part container storage, part trucker sleeper area (e.g. transports that arrive in middle of night and need to hang out until destination address is open). I have limited access to power and water so it will be a challenge to use things like a shop vac.

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Re: Removing foam backing

how about one of those real coarse scothbrite pads, or the similar looking type of material you chuck in a drill.
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Re: Removing foam backing

If it is the foam I am thinking of you can you Laquer thinner and it will disolve and wipe away. BUT BE VERY CAREFUL! the fumes are harmful and flammable. If possible leave the boat open for a day or two afterwards and the used rags should also be allowed to dry in an open container (like a bucket) before you throw them away for good. The glu behind the foam will most likely still be there but "goof off" work great for me when I got to that point.
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