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I removed a ceiling of plaster panels and found that on the original concrete ceiling there is a glue residue of some glued-on styrofoam tiles. (See picture)

glue on ceiling

Before I get the plastering redone, I have to remove this residue. Are there like special glue removers for this type of work?

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I would recommend that you reuse the furring. Here is my reasoning

  • It's already there.
  • It will cost more to remove it than reuse it
  • It will provide space to run electrical, network, phone, coax, etc wiring
  • Unless you head height is really low, the 1.5" will not be missed too much.

Essentially, you have a 'service cavity'. You can place low profile can lights, electrical wiring, etc in this space. I'd keep it if it is secure.

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How to remove construction adhesive from concrete?


Is there any other reason it is furred-out (electric runs, ect.)? It looks like someone tried to scrape a little, gave up and furred it. At the state it's currently in, I'm guessing your trying to see if this is a possibility or whether you are going to have to reuse the furring strips also. I see a few options:

  • Have fun scraping
  • Reuse the furring
  • Scrape what you have to; plasterers skim coat the whole thing
  • Get a quote just leaving it for the plasterers to deal with

I would suggest trying some of the linked suggestions before you pull down the furring. Anything besides just reusing them isn't going to be fun.

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