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Help! Did I just uncover asbestos glue??

Posted by jshbrkr (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 26, 13 at 20:31

Hey there, new to the forum and homeownership. Ive been remodeling the house I just bought that was built in the 1930s. I am scraping off all of the layers of wall paper in the bathroom and started scraping off this red chalky glue. I didn't think anything of it & then it dawned on me that this may be asbestos glue. I know that old asbestos glue can sometimes be red.

Has anyone heard of this? Did they use to use asbestos glue for wallpaper? Should I seal off my bathroom and get an inspector in here? haha thanks for the advise!

This post was edited by jshbrkr on Thu, Dec 26, 13 at 20:35


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RE: Help! Did I just uncover asbestos glue??

I did a quick search on line and it seems unlikely. There could be asbestos in some vinyl wall papers, but if it is in the adhesive, which it may not be, the risk would be low. You can get it tested to be on the safe side though.


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RE: Help! Did I just uncover asbestos glue??

The asbestos impregnated adhesive us known as "cutback" and is seldom, if ever used for wallpaper.


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RE: Help! Did I just uncover asbestos glue??

Could it be that you are looking at red wall paint?


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RE: Help! Did I just uncover asbestos glue??

I have removed a lot of wallpaper from some old and very old houses. Ithink that the red stuff you are showing isn't the glue. It is the paper from the back of the old wallpaper which is practically disintegrated and is sitting of the glue.


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RE: Help! Did I just uncover asbestos glue??

I have removed a lot of wallpaper from some old and very old houses. Ithink that the red stuff you are showing isn't the glue. It is the paper from the back of the old wallpaper which is practically disintegrated and is sitting of the glue.


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RE: Help! Did I just uncover asbestos glue??

I think you have uncovered the liner paper that was under the first layer of patterned wallpaper. It was often not acid free and over the years turns a brownish reddish "old paper" color.

Wallpaper was usually installed with wheat paste until vinyl glues were developed.


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RE: Help! Did I just uncover asbestos glue??

I have removed a lot of wallpaper from some old and very old houses. Ithink that the red stuff you are showing isn't the glue. It is the paper from the back of the old wallpaper which is practically disintegrated and is sitting of the glue.


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