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While it is a good thing to do the other improvements, you are really running costs up that way. Here are some suggestions:
Where you see some adhesive, try various solvents to free it loose. be careful of the volatiles like paint thinner that can be flamable.
Or if you have access to dry ice, placing it in contact for a few minutes will make it so brittle that it will chip away.
Plaster can tehnb be repaired where it does flake.