How to Remove Super Glue From Wood

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Once super glue comes into contact with an exposed surface, the glue dries very quickly. The glue develops a strong bond with the item it contacts and can be extremely difficult to remove. Though the super glue is strong, there is one enemy that will overpower super glue anytime. That enemy is acetone. When using acetone to remove super glue from your wood, you must be precise with the application to ensure that you don't damage the finish to your wood.

Things You'll Need

  • 100% Acetone
  • Glass container
  • Q-Tip
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Wet towel
  • Purchase 100% acetone from your local pharmacy. Pour a small amount of the acetone into a glass or metal container. Acetone tends to eat through most types of plastic. For that reason, a plastic container should be avoided.

  • Dip your Q-Tip inside of the Acetone so that the ball of the tip is completely soaked. If you have a larger glue spot to remove, you can use a cotton ball instead of a Q-Tip. Just soak the cotton ball in the Acetone the same as you would the Q-Tip.

  • Place the ball of the Q-Tip or the cotton ball directly onto the glue spot. Hold the Q-Tip on the spot for 10 to 15 minutes. Since the Acetone dries quickly, you may have to dip the ball of your Q-Tip back into the Acetone to soak it again every few minutes.

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently scrub the remaining glue residue from the surface of the wood.

  • Wipe the area down with a wet towel to remove any Acetone that may have gotten onto the wood.

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