How to Dissolve Super Glue


Known for its convenience, varying adhesive strengths and versatile uses, glue is prevalent in craft and repair applications. Super glue is a well-known type of glue because it cures rapidly and sticks to almost any surface. Like all glues, super glue can quickly smear onto skin and other unwanted surfaces such as desks during application. Super glue becomes more challenging to clean from skin and surfaces the longer it dwells on them. Although super glue's bond is strong, certain solutions can dissolve it. Promptly dissolve glue on surfaces before it hardens.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover containing acetone
  • Toothbrush
  • Plain rag
  • Clean towels
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Soap
  • Hand or body lotion

Super Glue on Surfaces

  • Saturate a cotton ball in nail polish remover containing acetone. Acetone is a solvent that disintegrates super glue adhesives on hard surfaces.

  • Rub the cotton ball directly over the sticky surface to dissolve the glue. Dissolve as much glue on the surface as possible.

  • Examine the surface for remaining glue residue. If some sticky residue lingers, dampen a toothbrush in the nail polish remover.

  • Scrub the toothbrush bristles over the remaining gunk until it fully dissolves.

  • Dampen a plain rag in warm water. Wipe the watery rag across the surface to rinse off the nail polish remover.

  • Dry the damp surface with a towel.

Super Glue on Skin

  • Immerse a cotton ball in nail polish remover containing acetone. Acetone is a solvent-based liquid that breaks down glue adhesives without harming skin.

  • Glide the cotton ball directly over the sticky skin. Rub the acetone-soaked glue with the cotton ball, dissolving as much glue as possible.

  • Examine the skin for remaining sticky residue. If some sticky gunk residue lingers, massage petroleum jelly over the sticky skin for five minutes or until the glue thoroughly dissolves.

  • Wash the skin with warm water and soap to remove the nail polish remover and petroleum. Thoroughly dry the skin with a clean towel.

  • Rub ordinary hand or body lotion into the skin to restore moisture. Acetone can make skin dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute vegetable oil for the petroleum jelly.
  • Acetone is a flammable solvent; keep it away from flames.
  • Keep the nail polish remover away from your mouth and eyes.
  • Test the nail polish remover on the surface to guard against discoloration.

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