How to Remove Paneling Glue From Plaster

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How to Remove Paneling Glue From Plaster
Faux wood panelling has got to go! (lambri et bois image by Emmanuelle Combaud from

Panelling nails used to be the fastener of choice for hanging panelling. Then panelling glue became available; it was easier to use, and became very popular. Panelling styles go in and out of fashion, and many people opt to remove the panelling all together to get to the original wall plaster material. It is not uncommon for the adhesive to remain stuck to the wall after the panelling has been removed. Readily available materials can be used to remove the leftover adhesive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Chemical resistant goggles
  • Brushable paste adhesive remover
  • Metal cup
  • Bristled paint brush
  • Putty knife
  • Warm, soapy water

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  1. 1

    Put on a pair of chemical resistant gloves, chemical resistant goggles and a nice pair of work shoes. Pour about 1 cup of brushable paste or gel adhesive remover into a metal cup.

  2. 2

    Apply the paste adhesive remover directly to the panelling glue with a bristled paint brush. Because the adhesive remover is a paste, or gel, consistency, it will stay in place. Allow the remover to sit on the panelling glue for up to 30 minutes.

  3. 3

    Scrape the panelling glue off of the plaster wall with a putty knife and place the scrapings into a disposable container. Repeat the process until all of the adhesive has been removed.

  4. 4

    Dump any unused remover back into the original container for storage. Clean the tools you used with warm, soapy water.

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