ABS Glue

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by carole, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. carole

    carole New Member

    Help, I just spilled the entire bottle of black ABS glue on my just installed vinal floor. Any suggestions on removing it?
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    San Diego
    I would immediately scrape up all you can with a piece of cardboard or some plastic scrapers. I fear that the vinyl imay be irreparably damaged by the solvents in the cement.
  3. carole

    carole New Member

    Thank you for your quick reply, I dare say you are probably right. We have just spent the entire 3 day weekend gutting and replacing all the bathroom fixtures and painiting and just as we were hooking up the sink (the last thing) this spills and now the flooring is ruined. Luckly...this is a very small room and a cheap piece of vinal but the work involved in replacing it will be a whole new day...vanity and toliet etc. Thanks again and this is a great site.
  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Yakima WA
    The problem is that unlike glue that just hardens on the surface, ABS and PVC "glues" are really solvents. Although each are different chemicals, they basically do the same thing. They melt the surfaces they are applied to so that when they harden they have actually formed a welded joint. In other words, you can't just scrape and chip the hardened stuff off of the vinyl surface. I know of nothing that will save the day for you. Sorry.
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