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Unread 05-22-2017, 02:46 AM   #1
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I recently bought some second-hand rubber stamps. The previous owner had put ez mount on the backs of the stamps - however, it is cut very unevenly around the edges so when I stamp them out bits of the edge are missing. I want to remove the ez mount and get back to bare rubber - does anyone know how I can do this?

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Unread 05-22-2017, 10:53 AM   #2
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Stick them in the freezer for a few minutes, then carefully peel it off. Done! Caution, though: if the rubber is dry and brittle, then DON'T put them in the freezer - you'll risk breaking them. I've NEVER had that happen, but I've read where it can...

With/without the freezer, though, you can just peel the rubber from the EZ mount. If there is glue residue, you can generally roll it off with your thumb.
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Thank you gregzgurl. The rubber is in good condition so I will put them in the freezer. I tried peeling/pulling/rolling off the EZ mount but it's well and truly stuck!
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Don't be tempted to use 'glue remover' products on any residue, most of them contain oil of one sort or another, and oil and rubber are a bad combination.
Usually, if you can just get an edge started, it will peel away. I often found that using a sharp bladed knife like a scalpel, on edge, so it's flat to the rubber, can get you started.
Sue, I have a few stamps that did stubbornly refuse to peel, so I'm going to give that a try.
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Thank you for the info about glue removers. I did use some 'stick away' by Crafters Companion on some Hero Arts stamps that I removed from their blocks. The stamps peeled off really easily but the super sticky gunk refused to budge and the more I tried, the more of a mess I ended up in. I hope the 'stick away' hasn't harmed them as they are among my favourite stamps! On the whole I haven't had any problems taking stamps off wooden blocks, most of them have been very obliging. This EZ mount has got me stumped though, starting off with a scalpel is a very good idea. I will try the freezer first, only because it isn't sharp - if that doesn't work I will try a blade. I'll report how I get on.
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To remove the rubber image or the foam cushion glued to the wood, heat your stamp for 30-60 seconds in your microwave to soften the adhesive. Use a hot pad to remove them from the microwave.
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To remove the rubber image or the foam cushion glued to the wood, heat your stamp for 30-60 seconds in your microwave to soften the adhesive. Use a hot pad to remove them from the microwave.
The microwave does make the glue release, but I've had significant sticky residue with this method. The freezer trick was a godsend for me from whoever suggested it - cleaner by far! The microwave does work, though...
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