Removing Styrofoam Adhesive - How To Remove The Remains Of Wall & Ceiling

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Removing Styrofoam Adhesive - How To Remove The Remains Of Wall & Ceiling: wall

Wall and ceiling panels made of polystyrene panels were once very popular. However, you often can not see them today. They must be removed. That's not a big problem with the plates themselves. It is much more difficult, however, to get the glue left off the wall. Removing them takes a lot of work and costs a lot of time. Our tips will help.

Problem glue

Styrofoam glue

In order for Styrofoam boards to adhere securely and long term to a wall or ceiling, a very effective adhesive must be used. The commercially available products are usually perfect for this. However, they also adhere so strongly that after the removal of polystyrene plates, any amount of residues remain on the wall. Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure that could easily replace these residues. Without direct manual action and tools you can hardly get the glue off. Of course, there is the question of whether you have to remove it at all. The answer is unfortunately "yes". Leaving it on the wall or ceiling does not only make it look very unattractive, it can also cause problems when painting or repainting.


The spatula is undoubtedly the classic among tools that can be used to remove adhesive residue. Above all, it makes it possible to work very precisely and to minimize any damage to the plaster to a minimum. Ideal for this are so-called stalk spatulas or painters and steel spatulas. How to proceed when removing styrofoam residues with a spatula:
  • Always apply the steel blade at the sharpest possible angle to the wall or ceiling
  • The aim is always to get as effectively as possible under the adhesive residue with the sheet
  • Then scrape off the glue residue piece by piece with bumpy movements
  • Again and again, free the edge or edge of the edge from any residues left on it

wire brush

The nail roller alone can not remove the remains of a polystyrene adhesive, but it can be extremely helpful when it comes to particularly large surfaces. If you drive intensively with the roller over the adhesive surface, this usually breaks up and thus provides starting points, in order to then bring the spatula to use. The nail roller should be guided with as much pressure and evenly over the entire surface. Often it is also necessary to repeat the process several times. It is the goal when the first smaller pieces break out of the total area.

special remover

Although there is no general wonder remedy for removing styrofoam residues, special solvents may be helpful for certain types of adhesives. In the specialized trade such funds are available. However, one should know which adhesive has been used. If you do not know that anymore, it usually only helps to try a certain remedy in good luck. It is essential to observe the instructions for use and above all the dosage on the package. In addition, a good ventilation after application is mandatory.

hammer and chisel

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If the adhesive adhesions are so strong and extensive that they can not be removed with the tools mentioned so far, only the hammer and the chisel will help. Thus, the adhesive is then knocked off with plaster. Subsequently, it must be repainted and painted.

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