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How to remove super glue from metal

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Spilling super glue on metal feels like a disaster! But once you’ve learned how to remove super glue from metal, you’ll never have to worry about it again. Our guide takes you through what you need, and how to remove super glue from any metal surface.

What do I need to get super glue off metal?

Don’t let the sight of drying super glue on metal make you break out in a cold sweat. Chances are, you already have everything you need for a safe glue removal in your home.  

This includes:

  • acetone or nail polish remover
  • cotton balls or pads
  • rubber gloves
  • clean rag
  • plastic scraper, putty knife or razor blade
  • cleaning sponge
  • clean, dry cloth
Pliers and wrenches with patches of transparent glue on a wooden table.
If glue drips onto your metal tools, simply remove it with a little acetone or nail polish remover and a cloth

Clean, press, lift, wipe: How to remove super glue from metal

Unfortunately, accidents will happen every now and then, no matter how careful you are. Thankfully, even messy spillages have a remedy. To discover how to get super glue off metal easily, follow these simple steps:

  1. Clean. Clean and dry the area before beginning.
  2. Press. Using gloves, saturate a cotton ball, pad or cleaning rag with acetone or nail polish remover and press against the dried super glue for five to ten minutes, or until the glue starts to soften and become more malleable.
  3. Lift. Use the plastic scraper, putty knife or razor blade to gently lift the loosened glue from the metal, taking care not to scratch the surface.
  4. Wipe. When the unwanted glue yields, wipe the area and check for any residue. Repeat step 2 and 3 until the glue is gone.
  5. Dry. Once the glue is gone, use the cleaning sponge and warm soapy water to clean the metal surface. Wipe the area dry.
A hand removes glue from metal tongs with a plastic scraper.
With a plastic scraper, putty knife or razor blade, you can easily remove the glue from your metal tools

After removing the glue: Begin again with Loctite

Having mastered the art of how to remove super glue from metal, you can get back to that gluing job. Loctite Super Glue Ultra Liquid Control works fast and holds strong on a variety of porous and non-porous surfaces, including metal, wood, leather, ceramics, rubber and many hard plastics. Plus it's dishwasher safe, dries clear, eliminates the need for clamping and can withstand moisture, most chemicals and freezing temperatures. 

Products used

  • loctite super glue ultra liquid control 4g tube
    Loctite Super Glue Ultra Liquid Control

    Fast bonding of common materials. Pin-point control squeeze-grip applicator. Dishwasher safe!

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