Removing paper template applied with spray adhesive on small parts?

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Forum topic by jamsomito posted 02-10-2019 03:49 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2019 03:49 PM

Hey all, last time I tried this the parts were much bigger and I just sanded the paper off. The adhesive underneath really gummed up the sandpaper though (3M 45 general purpose). These parts are too small for a ROS this time, so I feel like removing with a solvent will be better anyway. Can I just soak in mineral spirits or acetone and peel it off? The can says acetone clean up, but I don’t know about when cured.

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#1 posted 02-10-2019 04:04 PM

i typically use a damp rag, let it soak a bit, hit again, then peel off

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#3 posted 02-10-2019 04:14 PM

I use a heat gun and pass over it few times…peels off easily

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#4 posted 02-10-2019 04:20 PM

I use paper patterns attached to wood (and other materials) frequently. I find acetone and alcohol are usually the best removers. I just paint some over the top of the paper glued on patterns, let it soak through, then peel the pattern off. Any adhesive residue can be easily scraped off with a razor blade. I do the same with removing labels from glass jars. Some labels are really stuck on. For these I use paint brush cleaner which removes almost anything!

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#5 posted 02-10-2019 05:24 PM

I’ve watched several videos of scroll saw projects where a paper pattern was attached with a spray adhesive. After finishing the cuts, they used a heat gun to remove the pattern. To remove any adhesive residue remaining, you could use a product called “goo gone”. I use it and it removes the residue quickly and easily. It will also remove those nasty bumper stickers.

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#6 posted 02-10-2019 07:52 PM

Easy peasy… wipe down the remaining templates with mineral spirits (get them good and saturated). Wait a few minutes for it to work, and then they will almost fall off by themselves. Clean any remaining residue with mineral spirits on a rag. Works great on both 3M 45 and 77. Apparently, as stated by planeman40 above, acetone or alcohol will work as well, although I’ve never tried it – I always have MS on hand, so it’s my go-to solvent.


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#7 posted 02-10-2019 09:39 PM

For scroll saw patterns, I put down blue masking tape and then attach the pattern with 3M77.

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#8 posted 02-11-2019 03:10 PM

I made a video of transferring images using waterbased poly. I just used some water to rub the paper off.

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#9 posted 02-11-2019 09:24 PM

For my model parts some times I use blue tape like Redoak said but always use Elmore Glue Sticks, no sticky spray mess to deal with..

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#10 posted 02-12-2019 02:36 AM

Heat gun always works for for me with 3m77 adhesive

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#11 posted 02-12-2019 02:54 AM

+1 on the glue sticks for attaching templates. I hate spray adhesive.

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