How to Remove Super Glue from Plastic and Vinyl

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  1. Cameron
    August 6, 2009

    From a medical journal I just read online, kerosene and margarine are also used to soften superglue. I’m not sure how kerosene interacts with plastics, but beings that it is a petroleum distillate, I would stay clear.

    Margarine, on the other hand should be safe, but may take longer to work.

    Also note: just because I read about kerosene in a medical journal does NOT mean you should ingest kerosene. It WILL probably kill you! I was simply referring to it being a solvent for superglue. Margarine, on the other hand…ingest it all you want.

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  2. Jeanne
    January 23, 2010

    OH boy, I tried to glue the trim back on with Gorilla Glue instead of my usual Elmer’s. The stuff got spread around and smudged on the control panel and made it look like crap. A quick dab of non-acetone nail polished did nothing except maybe to promise to ruin the plastic finish (and Goo Gone did little as well)… so after reading on HowToCleanStuff and eHow, I used this method for complete removal. Use Turkish towels to wipe with rubbing alcohol and then generously apply straight baby oil. Let go for awhile, like overnight. Repeat the process until the stuff if dissolved.

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  3. Ella
    September 8, 2012

    I got super glue on my marble countertop. It sounds strange, but I used peanut butter (no jelly!) and rubbed it on spots. You can also use this to remove gum from leather.

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  4. Dennis
    June 3, 2013

    I tried Goof Off to take super glue off of a shower wall and it did not work. Then, I remembered having seen some super glue remover in some of my stuff. It worked good, even as old as it was! I need to find out how to buy more of it.

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  5. Sipho
    June 13, 2013

    I need a company that can remove vinyl glue on walls urgently. Please send me contact details

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  6. Joe
    August 26, 2013

    I have been given the task of getting glue off of a hardsided hand bag. The bag is covered with strips of plastic that were glued to what looks like thin wall board. But now, the plastic is becoming unglued and curling up off its backing. I have been able to chip some glue off of the plastic, but if I keep this up, I will end up with a million pieces. The glue is clear and breaks like glass. What kind of glue it is–I don’t know. Any ideas? Anyone?
    I have tried boiling it in water, nail polish, Goop, paint stripper, Go-goop, and alcohol.
    My goal is to remove all the plastic, clean it all up and glue it all back down on to the hand bag and have it all look like new.
    Any ideas of the type of glue to use to put it all back together?
    Thanks to whomever can help me out.

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  7. Len
    September 7, 2013

    My eyeglasses frame broke and I had to make a plan to repair them. Used super glue, bit got some on the lenses. Read on this webpage to use acetone; it worked thanks to this webpage. Thank you.

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  8. Jamie
    September 15, 2013

    Glue got on my microwave door; it’s stainless steel and I need to know how to remove it from my microwave ASAP! Please help me! I love my microwave.

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    • Melanie
      September 18, 2013

      Jamie,
      According to the article How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances, acetone can be used on stainless steel, and according to the article How to Clean Stainless Steel, rubbing alcohol is also safe to use. Just use a poultice as mentioned in the “Plastic Surfaces” section above – soak a cloth with the soapy water (or acetone or rubbing alcohol if you prefer) and use plastic wrap to hold the cloth against the microwave door until the glue softens.

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  9. Phlibby
    April 20, 2014

    These did not work for me at all. By the time I was done trying this, I had ruined a very important part. I was trying to undue a part that was glued to an electronics circuit board. I am so frustrated right now I could just scream. Don’t try this on anything important! Make sure you read all the material you can find before starting. Soapy water definitely does not work. I just ruined a $200.00 part.

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  10. Hassan
    April 21, 2014

    There is some super glue on the dashboard of my car. Some sticker was pasted there with super glue. I don’t know to to clean that part. Can someone suggest some good solution for it? There are some spots of super glue. If someone knows then please let me know. Thanks.

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  11. Sharon
    July 26, 2014

    How do I remove super glue from Formica countertops? It’s just a small spot and acetone doesn’t work.

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    • Melanie
      July 27, 2014

      Sharon,
      Try using the soap and water poultice as described in the section Removing Super Glue from Plastic above. If that doesn’t work, try using rubbing alcohol.

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  12. Debbie
    October 22, 2014

    Hi. I’m a licensed nail tech. I just got superglue on my Mazda RX8 trying to glue a little light back on. Glue went everywhere, even though I was using control glue. I tried soap and water, and also rubbing alcohol, to no avail. In desperation, I decided to try acetone. Worked beautifully. Don’t use professional strength acetone; rather, buy a brand from Dollar General. These products are much weaker and less abrasive. Don’t let it stay on the plastic bumper very long and wipe it off quickly. It breaks up the glue so that you can use a fingernail and scrape it off without damage. Had to do it several quick times, but it works.

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  13. Ella
    November 15, 2014

    I got super glue on my glass lenses and I don’t know whether they are glass or plastic lenses. What methods should I use to remove the super glue without damaging the actual lens?

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    • Melanie
      November 16, 2014

      Ella,
      Treat your lenses as though they are plastic, as it is the plastic lenses that can be damaged from the cleaning solutions. For plastic lenses, use rubbing alcohol. For glass lenses, you would use acetone. However, acetone can damage plastic lenses, so if you think there is any possibility that your lenses are plastic, don’t use acetone. You can always try testing a solution on a small spot first to look for any adverse reaction before attempting to clean the glue off.

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  14. Derek
    January 27, 2015

    Turpentine/paint thinner + best

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  15. Jeremy
    January 28, 2015

    This was a pretty good method.

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  16. Joesph
    March 1, 2015

    How do you remove super glue from sunglasses?

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  17. Khabababu
    May 8, 2015

    I was repairing my eye frame, but some glue got onto the plastic lens. I was trying to remove it, but some scratch happened. I tried baking soda and glass cleaner, but no results. How can I remove the scratch?

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    • Melanie
      May 18, 2015

      Khabababu,
      How to buff out the scratch depends on the type of lens that you have. If there is a coating on your lenses, then try buffing them with sunscreen (which will remove the coating). If they don’t have a coating, try using car wax; wipe the car wax on the lens, rinse it off, then wipe it dry. If you don’t have car wax, try plain toothpaste. If needed, some eyeglass shops will buff out scratches for free, so you can also try calling around to various shops to find someone who can help.
      Source: Lifehacker – How Can I Revive an Old, Beaten Up Pair of Glasses

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  18. Julie
    December 30, 2015

    Please, what about superglue on my phone? Can you send me any tips on what to do? It’s a present from my husband!

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