How to Remove Super Glue From a Lock

Super Glue is famous for creating strong bonds fast. Surfaces that come in contact with Super Glue, whether intentional or not, quickly become adhered. If Super Glue has accidentally -- or purposefully -- found its way into or onto your lock -- it'll need to be removed. The ability of your lock to function properly is dependent upon complete removal of the Super Glue.

Super Glue in your lock can be a problem.

Step 1

Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover that contains acetone. Rub the acetone on the Super Glue on or in your lock. Add more nail polish remover as needed or, if possible, pour directly onto your lock.

Step 2

Wipe softening Super Glue with clean cotton swabs.

A nail file helps wear down Super Glue residue.

Sand or file remaining Super Glue residue with a nail file or sandpaper. Rub back and forth to wear off the glue.

Step 4

Chip off any last traces of Super Glue residue from the outside or inside of a lock using a Flathead screwdriver. Be careful to chip only at the glue and not damage the lock.

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.