Q: Many plans and articles call for adhering a paper pattern to the workpiece with “spray adhesive.” The adhesive is never identified further. The spray adhesives I have found work fine for gluing the pattern to the wood, but you need solvent to remove the pattern, which leaves the workpiece stained.
What spray adhesive do you use and what solvent removes the pattern?
A: I use 3M’s General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive in a light-blue can. I’ve found that you can actually peel off the paper if you remove it within a couple of hours of applying the adhesive. If you wait longer than that, just soak the paper with mineral spirits, let it set for a few minutes, and then peel it up. Wipe off the glue residue with more mineral spirits. Scrape or sand to take off any remaining adhesive that might still be there. I haven’t had staining problems using this method.