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Easy super glue removal

How to remove glue on nails

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Of all the things you take into consideration for a DIY job, how to remove glue from nails is probably not one of them. Yet it is one of the most common mishaps when using super glue. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks for easy removal!

Does super glue come off nails?

Super glue is a highly bondable glue meant to repair almost anything in your household in a matter of minutes or even seconds. Its strong, durable bond makes it the number one choice for repairs. You can use it on wood, plastic, rubber, paint, plywood and almost every surface. A product with so many uses is bound to sometimes end up on your hands and fingernails. Read on to find a quick and easy way to deal with the sticky substance!

Hands are dipped in water with soap bubbles on them.
Use soap and water to get glue off nails. A couple of minutes in the tub and the glue will come off no problem

How to remove super glue on nails and skin

So, you’ve fixed your chair or ancient vase, but now your fingers are stuck together by the world’s toughest glue. Luckily, you don’t need the “jaws of life” to set you free. Just follow these steps to remove super glue from your nails and skin:

  1. Fill a bowl with warm water. 
  2. Grab a gentle dish soap to turn that water nice and bubbly.
  3. Soak your fingers into the water for a few minutes to dissolve the glue. 
  4. Use a hard object, such as a spoon, to slowly pry the fingers apart or scrape off any remaining glue on the nails.

Watch this quick tutorial on how to safely remove Loctite Super Glue from your fingers.

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How to remove super glue from hard surfaces

If you’ve spilled super glue on a hard surface, such as a beautiful wooden dining table or perhaps a quartz countertop, you will likely need to use acetone. Acetone can be found in most nail polish removers. If not, you can pick up a small bottle from your local food store or pharmacy. The best method here is to use a razor or a utility knife to remove large chunks of super glue, followed by two to three drops of acetone to help wipe away the remaining glue residue. Always check first on a hidden area to make sure the surface is not damaged by the acetone.

Are there super glue options?

For smaller projects that require precision repair—such as ceramic flatware, like a teacup—opt for Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Control. It has a water-resistant bond, pinpoint accuracy, and dries crystal clear, so your guests will never know it was broken in the first place.

One hand wipes a cotton swab over a nail on the other hand.
You can use a spoon to remove glue from your nails or cotton swaps for a softer removal

Do you have a meatier project that requires a strong bond, such as a light or fixture on your vehicle that needs to be glued securely into place? Or maybe you have to fix a dining room chair and want to be certain you are using the best glue possible. Pick up a bottle of Loctite Super Glue Liquid Professional, the strongest super glue on the market. It can be used on porous and non-porous surfaces, has a precise application, and sets in seconds, ensuring that your DIY job meets professional standards.

Products used

  • loctite longneck super glue 8g stationery card
    Loctite Super Glue Liquid Professional

    Professional applications where fast drytime and highest strength are desired.

  • loctite super glue ultra gel control 4g tube
    Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Control

    Super-tough, durable bonds that resist weather, impact, shock and vibration.

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