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Anyone know a way to remove 'No more nails' without damaging surface, please?

Found 9th Jan 2012
Morning all.

As above really, need to know if there is a foolproof way of removing 'No more nails', perhaps a dissolving substance or something?

The problem is, that we have to try get it off without damaging the surface - a polished granite/marble headstone!

My Mum in Law used the stuff a few years ago to stick a small photo to her Mum's headstone. Now her Mum's partner has died and is going to be buried in the same plot so she wants to - I think - change the photo.

Would really appreciate some help guys - she was intending to try and use a wallpaper scraper but, from what I've read on Google, the metal will damage the surface.

Thanks all x

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a metal wallpaper certainly wont damage granite! Just be gentle and lever it and it should come off quite easily.

Some suggestions here.

If it is on thick I would consider leaving it and attaching the new photo frame or even a mounting plate of some kind to it with a small self tapping screw or screws. A photo should not need a very strong fixing.

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csiman

a metal wallpaper certainly wont damage granite! Just be gentle and lever … a metal wallpaper certainly wont damage granite! Just be gentle and lever it and it should come off quite easily.


It is a back headstone, would that be granite? I was thinking that metal shouldn't damage it as I was thinking of a kitchen worktop, but on the internet it says different

jeany123

Set your hair drier to medium high heat, and hold a few inches away from … Set your hair drier to medium high heat, and hold a few inches away from the glued surface. After about 10-15 seconds, carefully peel off the softened glue.


Thanks, I read that on Yahoo answers but don't think I would be able to get a hairdryer over to the graveyard

Original Poster

Plum

Some suggestions here.If it is on thick I would consider leaving it and … Some suggestions here.If it is on thick I would consider leaving it and attaching the new photo frame or even a mounting plate of some kind to it with a small self tapping screw or screws. A photo should not need a very strong fixing.


Thanks, if we can get the frame off then I could try leaving petroleum jelly on the area for a few days, I also read that acetone should help dissolve it

csiman

a metal wallpaper certainly wont damage granite! Just be gentle and … a metal wallpaper certainly wont damage granite! Just be gentle and lever it and it should come off quite easily.

jeany123

Set your hair drier to medium high heat, and hold a few inches away from … Set your hair drier to medium high heat, and hold a few inches away from the glued surface. After about 10-15 seconds, carefully peel off the softened glue.


sorry I realised and deleted

If that works would a kettle of hot water do the same job?
Edited by: "Benjimoron" 9th Jan 2012

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How do you get a kettle to a graveyard? Where would you plug it in?

ifrazalam

How do you get a kettle to a graveyard? Where would you plug it in?



erm, you'd plug it in and boil in at your house, then by the time you'd get there (assuming it's not that far) you'd probably have a kettle full of 80 degree water still, wrap it in blankets to keep it warm too!

Benjimoron

erm, you'd plug it in and boil in at your house, then by the time you'd … erm, you'd plug it in and boil in at your house, then by the time you'd get there (assuming it's not that far) you'd probably have a kettle full of 80 degree water still, wrap it in blankets to keep it warm too!




....or use a flask!

Yep, if they have one. Assuming that it would work and wouldn't damage anything here.

How about nail varnish remover

Never had to do it and wouldn't like to advise turps or similar because I'm A: not sure it will do anything and B: unsure about damaging the stone.

Hot water will probably help losen it as would heat from a hair dryer but that's obviously gonna be hard to do.

Original Poster

Hi all, cemetery is about 15 miles away and we didn't have a flask handy so hot water wasn't an option - we took a wallpaper scraper and the whole frame and glue just came away in one go as we levered it off! Cleaned the little bits left over with nail varnish remover and it came up a treat

Mum in Law said that it was a cheapy version of 'no more nails' so maybe that helped

Thanks to everyone that answered x

You need some No More No More Nails.

Seriously, glad you got it sorted though
Edited by: "cookiemonster83" 9th Jan 2012

Get yourself some of that anti-glue stuff?

How To Remove LIQUID NAILS Adhesive Products from Building Materials
In general, LIQUID NAILS construction adhesive and caulk products can be scraped off when they are softened either by:
Heating above 140°F with an electric heat gun or blow dryer
Coating the adhesive with petroleum jelly or mineral spirits for several hours to several days (NOTE: Mineral spirits are not recommended for tub surrounds, whether vinyl, plastic, painted or varnished.)
If building materials are bonded, you must separate the items as explained below before removing the construction adhesive.
What you'll need:
Windshield cut-out wire (also called music wire), available at most automotive parts stores
Safety gloves and/or handles for the wire to keep hands from being cut
Safety goggles or a face shield
Two screwdrivers to prop parts into an open position
Wire cutters
What you'll do:
Cut a length of wire about two or three feet longer than the width of the part to be removed.
Starting at one corner, work the middle of the wire under the edge of the part.
If using handles, connect them to the wire. If not, be sure to wear heavy safety gloves to protect your hands.
Saw back and forth with the wire, using moderate pressure. This should start to cut the construction adhesive. After a few inches have been cut, use the screwdrivers to prop open the gap. This helps prevent thermoplastic adhesives from re-adhering, which can happen as friction causes significant warming of the adhesive.
Continue sawing, moving the screwdrivers as you go. Continue until the part is loose and can be removed.
Scrape away residual construction adhesive. If the adhesive is too hard to scrape, apply a light layer of baby oil, wait an hour, then scrape. Repeat if necessary. NOTE: Do not use baby oil or any other softening material if painting of the surface is planned, as it will stain.

alfswan

How To Remove LIQUID NAILS Adhesive Products from Building MaterialsIn … How To Remove LIQUID NAILS Adhesive Products from Building MaterialsIn general, LIQUID NAILS construction adhesive and caulk products can be scraped off when they are softened either by:Heating above 140°F with an electric heat gun or blow dryerCoating the adhesive with petroleum jelly or mineral spirits for several hours to several days (NOTE: Mineral spirits are not recommended for tub surrounds, whether vinyl, plastic, painted or varnished.)If building materials are bonded, you must separate the items as explained below before removing the construction adhesive.What you'll need:Windshield cut-out wire (also called music wire), available at most automotive parts storesSafety gloves and/or handles for the wire to keep hands from being cutSafety goggles or a face shieldTwo screwdrivers to prop parts into an open positionWire cuttersWhat you'll do:Cut a length of wire about two or three feet longer than the width of the part to be removed.Starting at one corner, work the middle of the wire under the edge of the part.If using handles, connect them to the wire. If not, be sure to wear heavy safety gloves to protect your hands.Saw back and forth with the wire, using moderate pressure. This should start to cut the construction adhesive. After a few inches have been cut, use the screwdrivers to prop open the gap. This helps prevent thermoplastic adhesives from re-adhering, which can happen as friction causes significant warming of the adhesive.Continue sawing, moving the screwdrivers as you go. Continue until the part is loose and can be removed.Scrape away residual construction adhesive. If the adhesive is too hard to scrape, apply a light layer of baby oil, wait an hour, then scrape. Repeat if necessary. NOTE: Do not use baby oil or any other softening material if painting of the surface is planned, as it will stain.


Guessing Mrs.Z may have moved on from this problem
bought some of the poundland stuff when I moved into my place five years ago
and it recently all fell down X)

I have the same problem as Mrs z and found this thread. Updated with an answer I found elsewhere. Wish I had bought mine from pound land it would have saved me a lot of trouble

Call Chuck Norris.

As a genealogist, I am of the opinion that headstone information is like finding gold. Don't ever apply anything to a headstone made of any type of material other than water and mild soap! Over time, whatever you apply to the stone will wear away the surface and years down the road may cause erosion and make the stone unreadable!
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