How to Get Gorilla Glue Off Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • Dry cloth or paper towel

  • Damp cloth or paper towel

  • Sandpaper, chisel or wood scraper

Based in Cincinnati, OH, Gorilla Glue Co. sells a wide variety of adhesives and tapes. In June 2008, the company announced that all of its products had earned the Good Housekeeping seal, a prestigious achievement. As of that time, their products included the original Gorilla Glue, Gorilla Wood Glue, Gorilla Super Glue and Gorilla Epoxy as well as Gorilla Tape in various widths. The most common Gorilla products in household use are Gorilla Glue and Gorilla Wood Glue. These adhesives are moisture activated and expand to create a tight bond.


Step 1

Apply Gorilla Glue or Wood Glue to the surfaces following the manufacturer's instructions. This will help minimize the amount you have to clean up later.

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Step 2

Wipe the excess or drips off the wood surfaces. If you are using the original Gorilla Glue, wipe the excess with a dry paper towel or cloth immediately; otherwise, it will become tacky and more difficult to remove. If you are using Gorilla Wood Glue, wipe the excess and drips with a slightly damp paper towel or cloth.


Step 3

Use paint thinner to remove original Gorilla Glue that becomes tacky and difficult to wipe off. Pour a little onto a paper towel or cloth, and rub the glue to remove it. If you must use this method, do it in an area with good ventilation to prevent the buildup of vapor from the paint thinner. Be careful using paint thinner on finished surfaces because the solvent can damage the finish.


Step 4

Remove dry original Gorilla Glue and Gorilla Wood Glue manually. Use a scraper or sand paper for small spot and drips and a chisel or similar tool for larger spots and corners. The most common location for excess glue is where two surfaces are pressed together. A chisel can remove the bulk of this "squeeze out," and the remainder can be scraped or sanded away.


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