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What are some ways to remove Super Glue?

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The proper method for removing Super Glue, or other cyanoacrylate adhesives, depends on the surface from which it is being removed. In many cases, acetone is the solvent to use to break the bond. When the adhesive is on human skin, use warm, soapy water and peel it away gently.

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Acetone is found in many types of fingernail polish remover. It is a powerful solvent that also dissolves some paints and varnishes, so it is not appropriate for all surfaces. With fabrics, test the nail polish remover in an inconspicuous spot before applying it to the glue. Acetone dissolves some synthetic materials.

To remove the glue from fabrics that acetone does not harm, the owner uses a toothbrush to gently brush the adhesive with the solvent. It is not always possible to remove all the glue.

To remove the adhesive from the skin, the individual should place the affected area in a basin of warm water with soap to allow the glue to soak. As it begins to loosen, he may use a blunt object, such as a spoon handle, to gently separate the skin.

For finished surfaces that acetone is likely to damage, it is often possible to remove the glue using a razor blade to scrape away the dry glue.

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