How to Remove Super Glue From Metal

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Super Glue is one of the most effective household adhesives to have at your disposal, but it can also be difficult to clean. Due to the unique makeup of this compound, Super Glue is known to solidify onto a surface, unlike most glues that retain stickiness. This makes the adhesive especially challenging to remove from smooth surfaces such as metal. Fortunately, there is an affordable home remedy that makes this task entirely possible.

How to Remove Super Glue From Metal
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Things You'll Need

  • Acetone
  • Rag or cotton swab
  • Plastic scraper
  • Towel
Step 1

Purchase a small bottle of acetone from your local drug store or market. Most common nail polish removers are made from pure acetone.

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Step 2

Make sure that your workspace is well ventilated to prevent inhaling hazardous amounts of acetone. Open a window if you are working on a piece of metal located indoors.

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Step 3

Put on a pair of latex gloves to protect your skin, and apply a small amount of acetone onto a rag or a large cotton swab. Wipe the chemical directly onto the super glue until it begins to soften, being careful not to touch any unaffected areas of the metal since excessive acetone can tarnish it.

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Step 4

Lift the loosened glue with a plastic scraper using a medium amount of pressure. Wrap the remaining clumps of glue in a paper towel and dispose of them.

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Step 5

Wash the surface of the metal with a sponge and warm, soapy water to remove any remnants of glue. Finish with a dry cloth to eliminate any moisture that may cause rusting.

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