How to Remove Glue From Fiberglass

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Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dishwashing soap

  • Bucket

  • Cloth

  • Acetone (nail polish remover)

Use a solvent, such as acetone, to remove adhesives and glues from fiberglass surfaces.

Fiberglass is a composite material made of glass fibers in polymer resin mix. Uses of fiberglass include surfboards, kayaks, automobiles and boats. Decals and stickers are often applied to the surface of such fiberglass surfaces to add decoration and personalization. Stickers and decals leave behind a sticky glue-like adhesive when removed. Use common household solvents to remove glue and adhesives from fiberglass.


Step 1

Apply a small amount of acetone solvent (nail polish remover) to a clean cloth. The cloth should be damp, but not soaked.

Step 2

Wipe away the glue on the fiberglass using the moistened cloth. The solvent causes the glue to soften, making it easier to wipe up and remove.

Step 3

Reapply acetone to the cloth and continue to wipe the glue away until it is completely removed.

Step 4

Mix a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap in a bucket of water.


Step 5

Moisten a cloth with soapy water and wipe down the fiberglass to remove any dirt.

Step 6

Dry the area with a clean cloth.


Test a small area of the fiberglass with the acetone solvent to ensure no damage is done to the material.


Do not use a razor blade to remove glue on fiberglass. Razors may cause deep and permanent scratches in the fiberglass.



Diana Braun

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.