Remove hot glue from walls

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  1. amedinaoh

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    It is my first year teaching and when I got into my room today, I noticed many posters from the old teacher (she left the school) were still up. As I started removing them, I noticed everything was hot glue gunned to the walls! Most of the walls are painted brick but a few were not. Anyway, some of the glue would not come off by peeling it. She even hot glue gunned a stuffed monkey to the wall and I had to cut it off. SOme of the fur is still on the wall since the glue did not release! Funny but it looks horrible! I was wondering if a razor blade would work to get this stuff off. :confused: It is such a mess!
     
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    :( Ouch, I feel really bad now because I just hot glued a bunch of things to the wall, well not a bunch...but I hot glued fabric to the wall and clothespins...I would like to know how to get it off to. I didn't think of that when I put it up there :(
     
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    did you try an ice pack? Maybe that would work.
     
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    ABAll, I was thinking the opposite.......heating it up with a hair dryer! LOL!!!!!
     
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    You can use a glue gun, with no glue in it. Heat it up and touch it (the metal part) to the glue on the wall. It should remelt, and then you can scrape it off. A heat gun will work too, if you happen to have one.
     
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    I hot glue EVERYTHING (it's an old school) and I'm no expert, but in the winter, especially over Christmas break when the heat is off, many posters pop off my walls. Maybe an ice pack WOULD help!
     
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    I've used a putty knife and hit the handle with a hammer to wedge the knife under the hot glue. It worked well.
     
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    you will probably have to touch up the paint b/c chipping off the hot glue will pop off the paint also
     
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    I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry you were left with that mess to deal with.

    I use hot glue on my painted cinderblock walls and it peels of VERY easily.
     
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    I'm curious if it makes a difference if you use a high temp vs. low temp hot glue gun........anyone know?
     
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    I think it does depend...but I'm not sure which one is best! haha I used both kinds last year, but didn't pay attention to which was which. At the end of the year, one group came off easier than the other???? How crazy!
     
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    I have a feeling it may be the low temp that comes off better, but don't know for sure!!!!!!!!:p
     
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    Everything I've hot glued comes off so easily! Painted cinderblock...I've never heard of it not coming off!!! Hot glue holds pocket charts great! Worst comes to worst, just hang something over the chipped paint. That's an old trick from my dorm days!
     
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    Well I thought it did until now! I did the clothes pin thing in my room, but a few days ago I tried a test pin to see. Well I was thinking since it was the low temp gun it wouldn't be as strong so I piled on the glue. The next day it was like rock soild and I could not get that sucker off!! I finally broke the clothes pin and used my staple remover! So I believe it is just as strong as the high temp!!

    Side note...I ended up just putting like 2 dots of glue on the clothes pins and with the staple remover they just pop off vs. have to dig in and really pull when I used too much glue before!
     
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    I'll be using just a few dots of hot glue this year!!! Thanks akbeck98!!!:)
     
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    All I know is that I have one of those super inexpensive glue guns and it comes off easily. So is that the high temp?
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions

    Most of the glue did come off by peeling it but some "puddles" of thick glue are very resistant! Even on the painted cinder block! I am going to try your suggestions today.:p
     
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    Well the posters that I tested did come off easier! It was just that clothes pin that I had globbed it on!

    Yeah those little ones are low temp.
     
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    Take a heated iron and press the tip over all the glue spots. Then feel free to use the pad of your finger and swype it away. Tada clean wall!
     
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    I've had luck with a plastic scraper and on some centuries old hot glue :D, I used those cheap razor blade scrapers from Dollar Tree.
     
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    Probably depends on whether the glue in question was lo or hi temp....regardless, I think most of the above tips could probably work!
     
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