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I'm redoing my cabin, and the 35 yo headliner is giving me problems. It needs to go (mold), but when I pull it off a lot of the foam backing stays on the cabin top. I've been using a wire hand brush and wire wheel, but they seem to be damaging the fiberglass. I've used a plastic scuff pad, but it takes forever.

I've heard I can use hydrogen peroxide mixed with water, has anyone else had success with that? Any other tricks? My plan is to paint rather than tack up more material.
 

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try a steam gun it should loosen the glue that with a sharp scrapper

or if you have a sensitive hand a heat gun and scrapper

ask a body shop person they have sprays similar to wallpaper remover for removing decals and glue
 

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The fein tool works on this sort of thing. Using the oscillating blade, I used one to remove foam sound deadening material from panels around the engine compartment. Does not harm the surface. Gets under the adhesive holding the foam in place. Much cleaner than sprays etc.
 

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try a little "GOO BE GONE" on a little spot. see if and damage? shouldn't be. what are you replacing it with?(the header)
 

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Remove what you can and then use wallpaper remover. No easy way unfortunatley.
 

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Looks like elbow grease will be the mainstay here.... I'll look into the goo gone and wallpaper glue remover. Anything to shorten the overhead scrubbing.
 

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If the sound insulation was installed contact cement, wall paper solvent and scrubbing might remove some of the insulation material, but will not get you down to a clean surface. just saying..
 

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if it is contact cement, then lacquer thinner and a scraper will be your best bet.
harsh and bad fumes.
 

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I'm not sure what type of glue it is. On the area of the headliner that was wet, the glue peeled away easily. No I don't know if years of moisture did the trick, but I'll try that next (with h2o2 or wallpaper remover) given the lower risk than thinner. Fortunately, only about 20-30% of the foam stays on the ceiling.
 


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