What Is a Glue Adhesive Remover?

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Glue adhesive remover is a chemical solvent that acts upon sticky residue left by tape, glue, stickers and decals. The stronger the adhesive, the denser the residue, and the stronger the adhesive remover must be, according to Newton Ask A Scientist.

Xylene, methyl chloride and methyl ehtyl ketone are all powerful glue adhesive removers. These are recommended for plastic cements, such as Krazy Glue. These solvents are so strong that they invariably damage any surface they act upon. For the removal of a lighter glue or tape adhesive residue, citrus oils or lighter fluid may prove effective and safer on sensitive surfaces.