Liquid Nails is a well-known brand of strong adhesive often used in construction and renovation projects. Because the adhesive is so strong, removing it from surfaces like drywall can sometimes be challenging.
The simplest way to remove dried-up liquid nails from your drywall is to soften the adhesive by heating it with an electrically operated heat gun and then scraping it off using a putty knife. Finally, clean the surface with a cotton ball soaked in mineral spirits.
The thing you need to keep in mind is that this method may or may not work depending on the type of drywall plaster you have (whether it is finished or not) and how big the liquid nails spill is.
In this post, we’ll go over a few other methods for removing liquid nails so you can get the job done quickly without damaging your wall.
We’ll also discuss some of the potential dangers associated with removing this type of adhesive, so be sure to read on before getting started.
Unlike the inner material, the exterior surface of the drywall comprises several layers of paper.
Construction adhesives, like Liquid Nails, will generally bond to the drywall’s paper surface but won’t penetrate any deeper. This simply means that if you are using the right methods and tools to remove Liquid Nails, there will be no damage made to your drywall.
That said, if you attempt to do the job hastily, it can result in some cosmetic damage that may or may not be patched up easily.
Removing Liquid Nails From the Drywall
If you’re trying to remove liquid nails from your drywall, here are a few products and tricks that may help in your job:
1- Use Baby Oil
Since baby oil is meant for a baby’s delicate skin, it’s the safest way to remove liquid nails from your walls. But it might not be the most efficient way, especially if you have a big spill or the adhesive is already dried.
- Apply the cotton ball soaked in baby oil to the area where the liquid nails is present.
- Let it sit for 4-5 minutes to allow the oil to penetrate the adhesive.
- Use a putty knife or an old credit card to scrape away the softened adhesive.
- Wipe the area clean with a dampened soft sponge or damp rag.
2- Use Vinegar
White vinegar’s acidity helps break down the adhesive, making it easier to remove from surfaces like drywall, brick wall, or even concrete.
To clean the area, simply follow these steps:
- Soak a small towel in white vinegar.
- Place the towel onto the area and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Use a sponge or towel to scrub the area.
If you don’t have vinegar available, a solution of soap and warm water can help remove liquid nails from different surfaces like drywall, wood, metal, and skin as long as it hasn’t hardened yet.
First, mix dish soap with warm water to create a soapy solution. Apply it to the area with the liquid nails and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a scrub brush or towel.
Petroleum jelly is made of hydrocarbons that will help break down certain adhesives making them easier to remove from surfaces like walls.
Apply a generous amount of jelly to the area with the liquid nails and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a putty knife or another sharp object to scrape at the area and remove the adhesive.
This cleaning method will work pretty well even if you have liquid nails on your hands or sensitive parts of your fingers. Just make sure not to use the scraper on your hands – but rinse them thoroughly with soap and water after you’re done.
If all the above methods don’t work, your only other option is to scrape hard at the area with a putty knife until most of the adhesive is removed.
You may need to use the heat (from the heat gun) if the glue has already dried and is stubborn to remove. This will likely result in some cosmetic damage to your drywall, so you’ll need to repair it afterward.
For repairs, you can use a putty knife to patch holes or gouges with a joint compound. Then, sand the area smoothly and repaint as necessary.
A drywall surface is often tricky to work with electric sanders. You can use a sander to remove liquid nails Fuze from your drywall, but it’s not the best method.
Especially if the liquid nails is already dried and hardened, sanding will create a lot of dust and leave the surface very uneven with possible gauges. Plus, it can sand through your drywall paper, making the repair job more difficult.
If you’re going to use a sander, be very careful and take your time. Or else, if you want to keep your drywall safe, avoid using the sander and use one of the above-mentioned methods.
The Bottom Line
Removing liquid nails from your drywall can seem daunting, but it’s actually a pretty easy task if you know how to do it.
Which method you decide to use will likely depend on what materials you have on hand and how much damage you’re willing to accept. So, take the removal action fast and do not allow the adhesive to get dried and hard.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for over a decade serving customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, and Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.