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whitevan01



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:59 am    Post subject: removing deck/foot pads? Reply with quote

I want to replace the foot pads on one of my boards.

any tips on removing the old ones? I would like to get them off in one piece so that I can copy the shapes for the new ones. also, I want to use a completely non-destructive method so that I don't do anything to the surface of the board.

thank you for all constructive tips that directly relate to my question. thanks again.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Single-edge razor blade(s). The angle you hold it at will determine whether or not you cut the board (bad) or the adhesive (good). Start in a corner, holding the blade at about 15 degrees off the board, and adjust the angle so it doesn't cut the board, just barely. Once you get 1/4" in, grab the pad and pull up firmly on it, which should make it easier to cut just the pad or adhesive with your other hand, without harming the board.

You can try Xylene solvent to melt the glue, it's pretty mild and won't hurt your board, but might not work. Lacquer thinner almost certainly will, but wear gloves, it contains MEK, really bad for your body, and will probably melt the paint if your board's painted. Best to scrape & sand the old pad residue off, safer, use that blade at the 15 degree angle again.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: removing deck/foot pads? Reply with quote

I do not believe such a thing is possible, so I also will wait in anticipation
for a non-destructive answer. I've done several pad replacements, and
getting them off in one piece (without at least a little abrasion to the paint
under the pads) is not possible for me. I remove the foot straps and use
a large piece of white paper, and pencil, to do a "rubbing" of the
removed pads to develop a template to cut the new pads and find the
strap holes on them. I usually cut a little larger around the periphery to
hide any blemishes, induced or otherwise.

It's a couple of hours work minimum.

Some people just throw new ones over the top of the old ones, much easier,
but not my style.

-Craig

whitevan01 wrote:
I want to replace the foot pads on one of my boards.

any tips on removing the old ones? I would like to get them off in one piece so that I can copy the shapes for the new ones. also, I want to use a completely non-destructive method so that I don't do anything to the surface of the board.

thank you for all constructive tips that directly relate to my question. thanks again.
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1/2 hour per pad, use a putty knife you buy to mud a wall.
Work the handle of the knife sideways about 3", pushing to remove the pad.
I'd pass on chemicals, because this is a messy project when you use any cleaner/solvent, and messes with you and the surrounding area.
I've removed maybe 20 footpads.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had a problem besides hassle removing old pads as Zirt and Spennie describe, but I prefer just laying new pads over the old. It is simpler and quicker, and the extra cush feels great and protects both my deck and my joints. Win/win/win/win.

Mike \m/
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U2U2U2



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only removed ONE set. Last week

IMO you will not remove in one piece, you will once removed have a area to trace to make a pattern for the new, and like Criag said, overlap slightly larger.

I used a scraper type tool, and a HEAT GUN, OMG did you destroy the board ? I heated the pads and glue enough to remove easier, notice I did NOT say EASY. its a PITA.

I cant see that solvents would help much as how does it get under to solve or whatever they do ?

In the event you use one of the recommended by others solvent, please have adequate ventilation and use a mask to protect yourself.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
I've never had a problem besides hassle removing old pads as Zirt and Spennie describe...

Clarification: Minus the chemicals Spennie suggests. The crud left after cutting the bond can be ignored; a thick layer of new adhesive fills it in.
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whitevan01



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for all of the ideas. I appreciate it.
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LUCARO



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

single edge razor in a paint scraper worked well for me. Pretty certain they came off in one piece.
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