I am trying to remove old glue from chair felt pads. I have tried GooGone, sanding and paint thinner. Does anyone have a remedy for this problem?
If the glue is still tacky at all (or ever was), Laquer Thinner or "Goof Off" may be a good solvent. If the glue is a hard type glue such as Elmer's or a Wood glue, your best bet is to try to chip off as much as possible with a sharp pocket knife. Then a block sander or electric sander may work OK for the rest. Or if you have access to a flat bastard file ($4.99 or so at Sears Hardware or Home Depot, Lowe's, etc..), then you can really put some muscle into it.
I had to do this recently with some old flimsy chairs.
- Secure chair on the side or upside down, if the legs are flimsy maybe secure them as well.
- Use a sharp wood chisel to remove the chunks. Watch your hands, fingers and wear eye protection.
- Work chisel between the wood and glue or slice through layers of glue.
- Once the majority is gone, use a sanding block or orbital sander to sand down to the wood. You want the sandpaper backed by a hard surface.
It sounds like you are almost there, the two main ingredients are determination and patience.