Whoops! Even the most careful crafters can accidentally find themselves in a sticky situation when it comes to glue. If you have had a spill on a glass tabletop or pair of glasses, there are ways to remove the glue without damaging the glass. Gorilla Brand makes several kinds of glues, including the brand favorite Gorilla Glue; a super glue (a cyanoacrylate glue) and an epoxy glue. While they are all valued for their strong adhesion, Gorilla glues do not cling as tightly to glass as they do to more porous surfaces, such as wood or plastic. Sometimes these glues can be carefully scraped off. If a gentle scrape does not remove the offended glue, you'll also need to use an adhesive remover. This will help soften the glue and break the bond between the surface and the adhesive.
Products to Use
Acetone (simple fingernail polish remover) helps soften Gorilla super glue and Gorilla epoxy glue, making these glues easier to remove from surfaces including glass. If you have a bottle at home, use acetone on a cotton ball to gently dab at the glue spot. This should loosen the hold.
Acetone is very flammable--fumes may ignite if you use this around open flame, including pilot lights. In addition, keep skin exposure to acetone to a minimum. Wear gloves or wash your hands after using this substance. Avoid breathing acetone fumes--keep the area you are working in well-ventilated. Many other adhesive removers are also flammable. Always read the label before using.
Adhesive removers are easy for almost anyone to use. Trying to scrape the glue off without using a remover can scratch or break the glass. If acetone doesn't do the trick, there are other products that can be used in the same way. Look for commercial epoxy, cyanoacrylate, or polyurethane adhesive removal products. Since not all adhesive removes will work, make sure the product states they are suitable for these kinds of glues. Try Soy-It polyurethane stripper, which claims to remove polyurethane, epoxies and other difficult adhesives and Super Glue Remover. You'll find selections of adhesive removers at hardware stores and similar retail stores. Always start with a gentle dabbing motion to avoid accidentally scratching the glass.
Wait It Out
Strong adhesive removers work chemically to soften adhesive and break the bond between the adhesive and the surface. The remover begins working immediately when applied, but it can take several minutes to several hours before the adhesive is ready to be removed. Follow the instructions on your removal packaging, or wait 24 hours to be sure. After applying, step away for a bit to let it work its magic.
Time's up! The glue should be ready to be removed. Remember to wear protective rubber gloves when working with adhesives or adhesive removers. Follow the instructions on the removal packaging for the appropriate removal tool. The edge of a plastic credit card is acceptable for most products, but some may recommend something sharper. Use a plastic scraper, a fingernail or a razor blade to scrape the glue off the glass. If you are cleaning eye glasses, it is recommend you use a soft cloth instead of a fingernail or sharp scraper. A cloth has less risk of damaging or scratching the glass. Rub cloth until glue is clear. Wash the area in mild soapy water to remove the acetone and product residue to finish.
Corey M. Mackenzie
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