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    Removing old outdoor carpet adhesive

    Hi, I ripped out the old ugly green outdoor carpet that was covering the concrete deck around my pool when I bought this house. It's been there a while (I'm sure) so it came up easy. However, in some places there is yellow residue from the carpet and the adhesive they used to lay it. I know I read somewhere about a good solvent to remove this stuff, but I can't seem to find it now. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Dave
    Yakima, WA (the Palm Springs of Washington!)
    IG kidney 14k gal, 33 x 18
    vinyl liner
    200 lb Sand filter
    3/4 HP pump
    First time pool owner

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    Re: Removing old outdoor carpet adhesive

    The good solvent has been pulled off the market - Methyl Ethyl Ketone. If you've ever gotten a whiff of Muriatic Acid, this stuff makes it feel like nothing. But that doesn't help you any. There's stuff called goof-off sold in the paint department that should work. It only comes in small cans, though. You might also stop by the automotive section and look for carburetor cleaner - Berryman's B-12 is sort of the industry standard. It evaporates fast, but it will dissolve most everything. Soften the stuff up and scrape it with a stiff putty knife. Probably have to polish it off with a soaked rag.
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    Re: Removing old outdoor carpet adhesive

    Thanks Richard I went to Home Depot and they had the goof off in gallons so I bought one. Tried a little yesterday just to see how it will work and it looks like it will do the job with a lot of elbow grease. Might look into renting or buying a pressure washer to make the job easier. Ultimately I want to patch the pool deck up and paint it with some of that Restore stuff.
    Dave
    Yakima, WA (the Palm Springs of Washington!)
    IG kidney 14k gal, 33 x 18
    vinyl liner
    200 lb Sand filter
    3/4 HP pump
    First time pool owner

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