03:21PM | 01/03/05
Member Since: 01/01/05
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got hardwood floor in fare shape, about 40years old someone cover it with tar paper and tile, has been cover for about 30 or 40 years. I scraped up the tile easy enough, but the tar paper has melted, bonded with the hardwood floor, I need help on removing this paper. thanks for any ideas john :[email protected]


12:56PM | 02/25/05
I have the same dilema. Did anyone respond?

I went to my local hardware store and they just pointed me to the scrapers and suggested a heat gun. Any better ideas?

thx in advance


05:53PM | 08/26/07
Member Since: 08/25/07
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same problem as many others tile over tar paper over hardwood floor . what to do to get tar off floor.



07:40AM | 07/18/08
Member Since: 07/17/08
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Remove as much as the paper as you can. Score the rest of it with a wall paper scorer. Mix 1 part fabric softener (any brand) with 3 parts ultra hot water. Pour it over the paper and leave it sit for 15 minutes. If the paper is still thick it will loosen the top layer and help you remove it, then repeat the process. If the paper is thin enough, you can scrap with a wide spackle knife and the paper and adhesive will come up easily.

Rinse with plain water to remove any adhesive or fabric softener residue.


07:22PM | 02/03/15

So I have been at this for days and have spent a ton of money trying different solutions. Forget the solvent or sanding because both are extremely expensive and time consuming. Since no matter what solution you decide on will be time consuming, the best option by far is a dremel with a flexible scraper attachment. This creates absolutely no sticky mess and saves your arm from falling off! I have tried every solvent, paint thinner, and sand paper in existence and the dremel by far works the best. When you use it make sure to keep the scraper attachment flat so you do not damage the wood.
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