left behind adhesive after removing rat fur

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ihaveshingles, Jun 21, 2021.

  1. Ihaveshingles


    Dec 24, 2018
    So I stripped the rat fur off my avatar 212 and I would like to put on duratex coating,
    however theres a lot of dried adhesive still on it. I tried acetone and it basically reactivates the glue and makes a sticky mess, plus it is super harsh. Does goo gone work well? I tried sanding as well and it just gums up the paper.....
  2. wave rider

    wave rider

    Jan 5, 2005
    Thought I recall folks using a heat gun and a putty knife.

    I could be wrong…
  3. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    For some adhesive types, it's actually easier to build a new cabinet!

    Acetone is not going to be viable, and if you don't get all the adhesive off it will interfere with the bonding of the Duratex.

    First you need to identify what kind of adhesive was used, some might be more strippable with a different solvent, but some may be latex based and for that some latex paint strippers would be a better choice. Some strippers are very toxic and irritating to the skin and lungs, use appropriate safety measures.

    Heat gun and a putty knife is messy and generally results in smearing it around and it will stick to the putty knife and just a general gooey mess.

    My suggestion is to recover it in a high grade branded rat fur like Ozite, using a compatible adhesive to what's already on the box.
  4. Ihaveshingles


    Dec 24, 2018
    Thanks, yeah I think the heat gun/ putty knife will just be a goey mess just like the acetone I tried….god that stuff is brutal !
    I’m kinda kickin myself for not leaving it the way it was but too late now…
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  5. Basslice

    Basslice Supporting Member

    May 11, 2008
    Western Massachusetts

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  6. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    Talking about messy!!!
  7. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    IME cats are good at starting the job, but nobody's good at finishing it
  8. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Most of the paint removers that worked have been removed from the market place because they were "dangerous". You can't even buy Boraxo hand soap anymore.
    agedhorse likes this.
  9. Robot.G

    Robot.G Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2015
    I have nothing to add other than... Owa Tana Siam!
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  10. Slough Feg Bass

    Slough Feg Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    San Francisco
    Try some Jasco, it works pretty well
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  11. chriss


    Apr 27, 2007
    A heat gun and putty knife are good for removing what ever is adhered, but not removing the glue from the wood. I have worked with Formica and Ozite quite a bit. I second the suggestion to recover it in quality Ozite.
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    May 31, 2015
    Lakewood, CA
    My first thought when reading the responses to this problem was...with how popular and preferred the Duratex finish is these days, and how common the rat fur covering once was, you'd think by now 3M, Dow Chemical, or Duratex themselves, would have come up with a product(s) to bond to and seal the various adhesives, so that Duratex or other similar products could properly be applied to it.

    I bet they could get customers to pay more than even a good profit for them, to avoid the alternatives.
    JRA likes this.
  13. Ihaveshingles


    Dec 24, 2018
    Yeah, no kidding…excellent point Sir!
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    May 31, 2015
    Lakewood, CA
    Who knows, maybe there's a high ranking chemist with one of the company's I mentioned, who's also a bass player on Talkbass...I know, wishful thinking.:rolleyes:
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  15. Rat skin.
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  16. Ihaveshingles


    Dec 24, 2018
    It felt so satisfying ripping that stuff off…
    And now I’m like “oh crap” lol
  17. 6thplanet

    6thplanet Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2019
    In response to your avatar....EVIL!!!
  18. Ihaveshingles


    Dec 24, 2018
    Ha, nice!!
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  19. braud357


    Jul 1, 2010
    Gonzales, LA
    The best method that I have used is paint stripper, then sanding
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    May 31, 2015
    Lakewood, CA
    Your avatar speaks of a worse EVIL, by far, than rat fur adhesive removal. :confused:

    I hope by now, it's past tense.
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