How to Remove Super Glue from Eye Glasses

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Nicholl asked: How do I get super glue off eye glasses? I tried to fix my glasses with super glue, but I got it on the lens. My lenses aren’t glass, they are plastic, so I can’t use nail varnish remover because the acetone will affect the plastic. It’s cheap super glue. Please help.

Super glue hardens to a form of plastic, so removing it from plastic surfaces can be a challenge. There are ways that this sticky substance can be removed that do not require the use of acetone. Of course, if the lenses are glass, it is fine to use acetone. The information is easy to follow and readily available in our guide How to Remove Super Glue from Plastic and Vinyl. For plastic lenses and frames, use the method given for plastics. For glass lenses and metal frames, use the method provided for vinyl.

Comments

  1. Reyna says:

    If it’s plastic, soaking in hot water is the best solution. If it’s glass, you can use polish remover, however it will strip any coating that you have on it as well.

  2. Geoff says:

    The best way to remove superglue from acrylic lens-based glasses is to polish the lens with T-cut or some other type of polish.

    If you are trying to remove it from glass, use a non-flash-off gel de-bonder; acetone evaporates too fast and is too thin to control.

  3. Adrianna says:

    How do you remove super glue off an eyeglass lens?

  4. Shaun says:

    I have just successfully removed superglue from my expensive plastic lens glasses.
    The secret… Toothpaste! It will take you approx three minutes of rubbing the toothpaste on the lens with your fingers, rinse off and towel dry.
    Perfect lens again. Phew!

  5. Glenn says:

    Out of the above four solutions for removing superglue from plastic lenses, I strongly recommend the fourth. Nice job Shaun, not only is toothpaste the least harmful, I guarantee it will remove nicotine stains from your fingers and everyone can pretty much confer that it successfully removes several different different substances from your teeth! The slightly gritty kind works a bit better than the gel. Good luck!

  6. Christine says:

    Toothpaste does not work – I just tried it.

  7. Destiny says:

    Toothpaste didn’t even work

  8. Oblauski says:

    This doesn’t work.

  9. Dean says:

    Sensodyne worked pretty good for me, but I got to it right away.

  10. Sage says:

    My friend just got glue on his lenses and he tried everything, so my genius boyfriend gave it a try and fixed them perfectly with white vinegar and a Magic Eraser.

  11. Tre says:

    Nothing even WORKED!!!!

  12. Kiara says:

    This stuff doesn’t work!!!!

  13. Janet says:

    The toothpaste stuff worked for me. :) Thank you!!!

  14. Gary says:

    I tried some of the above, and it wasn’t working. Then I tried a combo of soaking my polycarbonate eyeglass lens with really bad super glue in white vinegar for a hour, then using a grainy toothpaste and rubbing with my fingers, which did get almost all off. I will repeat to try for the rest.

  15. Tam says:

    The toothpaste trick worked!!!! OMG…I was so skeptical and was ready to throw my item away. My glue was days old and it still worked…Kudos!!!

  16. Candy says:

    Toothpaste appears to be working, but it has taken a few goes.

  17. KS says:

    Toothpaste worked, but have to work at it a bit. Use a toothpaste that is more original type: white and kind of gritty. I used Arm & Hammer that has baking soda in it. My situation, it was a fairly thin coat of superglue, over most of one lens of my dad’s new glasses. It did such a good job, now I’m going to try the toothpaste on the lens cover in the car to see if it will remove the haze.

  18. Christy says:

    Used alcohol and soapy water; it did NOT work. When I used toothpaste, IT WORKED! Thanks to the person who suggested it. It does work you guys. :)

  19. Kathy says:

    I tried the rubbing alcohol, no luck. Tried Crest toothpaste (white gritty kind) and most of it came off. Will try white vinegar tomorrow for the remaining residue. Last time I try to bedazzle my lens frames!

  20. Kiko says:

    Toothpaste worked like a charm… Thx!

  21. Jennifer says:

    Toothpaste worked for me! Took a little bit, but came off with Sensodyne.

  22. Mia says:

    Toothpaste DIDN’T WORK.
    NOTHING’S WORKING.

  23. Billie Sue says:

    It’s taking a minute, but I think the toothpaste is working.

  24. Hailey says:

    Toothpaste made some of it come off, but I have to keep trying because I want to be able to see. Also, I don’t want to squeeze my eyes in order to be able to see. So white vinegar and Magic Eraser, here I come.

  25. Daniel says:

    Toothpaste worked; you just have to keep working at it.

  26. Gabby says:

    The toothpaste thing accompanied with a Magic Eraser is brilliant. Thank you all who responded to this!!!

  27. Zeyk says:

    Toothpaste, here I come…my lenses need to be cleaned.

  28. Vicki says:

    Actually, acetone and toothpaste worked. Then, I rubbed it off with hot water. Perfect.

  29. K says:

    Toothpaste WORKS!!!! I had a lens that was practically covered in super glue fingerprints and it’s clear!!! My fingers lost their ridges (it took several applications and rinses), but IT WORKS!!! Now on to the frames!

  30. Kayla says:

    Toothpaste plus acetone works good; takes a couple tries, but from what I can see, it seems to be working! Didn’t have a Magic Eraser, so I used a rag that had ridges. They didn’t scratch the lenses; I think it make them better!! Haven’t tried the warm/hot water.

  31. Sherry says:

    Well, I can’t try the warm rag, water, and soaking method because it will probably soften the glue holding my lens in! :-P So, toothpaste here I come.

  32. Carin says:

    The toothpaste kinda works, but not so well.

  33. Amal says:

    Toothpaste worked perfectly for me…I use Dabur toothpaste…by rubbing with my hand.

  34. Sydnee says:

    I used toothpaste, I have close up the gel kind, and it worked for me. I had to do it more then once, but it worked

  35. Bob says:

    A product called “Goof Off” worked well. No damage to lens.

  36. Mark says:

    Super glue dried on my plastic lenses as I had a problem gluing my lenses to my eye glass frames. The super glue has been on my lenses for a while. Will toothpaste work?

  37. Shy says:

    Toothpaste did not work; just spent the last 25 minutes rubbing the toothpaste in and it did nothing.

  38. Michael says:

    Daniel gets it. Toothpaste and a little patience will work. It did for me.

  39. Angela says:

    Finger nail poilish remover works.

  40. Debora says:

    I had to try a combo of stuff too. I used the toothpaste, Goo Gone and rubbing alcohol, then scratched it off with a razor blade. It worked ok, then I polished them with the toothpaste again to fill in any scratches. They are ok until we can get to the glasses office for a thorough cleaning.

  41. James says:

    I got superglue on my $300 Ray Ban (glass) prescription sunglasses and I was about to try nail polish remover, when I found this site. I decided to give toothpaste a try out of fear that the nail polish would damage the lens coatings and thankfully, to my amazement, it really worked!! It took 3-4 separate light scrubbings with the toothpaste, and the superglue was 100% totally gone. I simply used my finger and scrubbed the area in a circular pattern for about 3-4 minutes. I had to do this 5 times for the superglue to totally come off, but each time I could tell I was making progress. Using toothpaste didn’t damage or scratch my lenses at all and these are prescription sunglasses so they have multiple coatings. I would be careful and make sure you don’t have baking soda in your toothpaste before trying this. The type of toothpaste I used was Colgate Total.

  42. Fredo says:

    Hi, read a lot of the comments and toothpaste does work. One of my hinges broke, so I super glued it and got some on one of my lenses. I rubbed the toothpaste for about 3 minutes and rinsed. Did that about eight times & could see progress along the way. Like somebody else mentioned… takes patience and time. Thank you for the help.

  43. Irfan says:

    Thank you very much for the information of the toothpaste idea. It works; I removed the name from my lenses.

  44. Anirudh says:

    None of the above is working for my lenses. :(

  45. Kay says:

    Hi guys, I was repairing my eyeglasses frame when I accidentally put glue on the lens. I tried the toothpaste, it removed a little, but nail polish totally wiped it all. I used a cotton, then put nail polish on it and rubbed it until it’s gone. Good Luck to all; hope it helps.

  46. James says:

    Can I use nail polish remover on my plastic lenses???

  47. Anya says:

    Toothpaste and a children’s soft toothbrush. I use it; had to go over it several times, but it worked. I used a toddler toothbrush. Had to get it off with a wet washcloth, but it did eventually work, since I can’t afford new glasses.

  48. Melanie says:

    James,
    Both acetone nail polish remover and non-acetone nail polish remover could cause immediate damage to a plastic lens. Use rubbing alcohol instead. Repeated use of rubbing alcohol on a plastic lens could dry out the plastic or damage the lens coating, but for a one-time removal of superglue, it should not cause any damage.

    Source: HowStuffWorks – What’s the different between acetone and non-acetone nail polish remover?
    Source: Brigham Young University – Material Safety Data Sheet, Ethyl Acetate
    Source: Kent & Roxie’s Spectacle Shoppe – How to Clean My Frames
    Source: Specs Around Town Optical Boutique – Eyecare

  49. Melissa says:

    I tried to bedazzle my daughter’s brand new hot pink frames! I got some glue on them and one rhinestone turned a weird color. I can’t get them off and I tried alcohol. I’m afraid I’ll rub off the hot pink! My husband’s going to be pissed!!! Help.

  50. KPH says:

    Used Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste on plastic lenses to remove a small amount of Krazy Glue. Worked!

  51. Keeta says:

    I used toothpaste to remove the super glue from my lenses and it really worked! Thanks. :)

  52. Sam says:

    Toothpaste worked for me.

  53. Barbara says:

    Perfect! Perfect!! Toothpaste works for me!!!! :)

  54. Ariel says:

    Toothpaste totally worked.

  55. Ronald says:

    Got super glue all over my lens on my glasses after they broke. I was fixing to finish breaking them when I read this post…
    Toothpaste got all the super glue off and even some scratches I had!!!!
    I believe in toothpaste for superglue!!!

  56. Nashii says:

    Toothpaste worked. :)

  57. Molan says:

    Toothpaste works!!! I used Aquafresh.

  58. Julie says:

    I noticed that people were getting results from using toothpaste with baking soda, so instead of using toothpaste, I took a small amount of baking soda and added some water, and it scrubbed right off!

  59. Jason says:

    Will using nail polish remover on my plastic lenses cause harm to my eyes? Because I just used it!

  60. John says:

    Toothpaste worked for me.

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