How to get glue gone!

The DIYer’s guide to adhesive remover

Wondering what type of adhesive remover to use after you’ve finished your latest project? We can help. We’ll share tips and tricks to remove glue and help you get adhesive residue off almost anything.

An overview of adhesive remover

Removing glue from most surfaces shouldn’t present too much of a problem if you have a little basic knowledge. Of course, it’s better to remove adhesives before they dry if you can. In fact, many glues can be easily cleaned away with just a damp rag, as long as they haven’t dried. Once set, however, the process becomes a little trickier - you’ll need to scrape the glue off with a solvent or adhesive remover and then wipe or sand it clean and clear.

How to remove glue from hard surfaces

If you need to remove glue from surfaces such as metal, plastic, or Formica, begin by softening the glue with acetone, alcohol, or an oil-based spray lubricant. After it soaks for a minute or two, the glue should be soft enough to scrape away with a scraper. When you've cleared away the bulk of it, you can remove the adhesive residue with a rag dampened with the solvent you used.

How to get glue off fabric or leather

You’ll need to take a bit of extra care when removing glue from fabric or leather so you don’t damage the material. Begin by scraping the glue with a dull edged object like the back side of a knife blade or the edge of a credit card. Then, try bathing it in a little warm soapy water on a rough rag or towel. If this doesn’t work, try acetone on a rag.

Removing glue from glass

Try softening glue on glass with the same solvents listed for hard surfaces. The advantage with most glass is that it’s so flat that you can use a razor blade - if you’re careful. This method will take most types of glue off easily. Be careful not to “dig in'' to the glass with the edge of the razor. Try moving the blade back and forth, like a sawing motion.

Pro tips: For best results, always start with the mildest solvent and work your way up to the harsher ones only if necessary. Also, test each glue solvent on an inconspicuous spot to ensure it won’t damage the surface before using it.

Choosing the best glue dissolver

If the other methods simply haven’t worked, try Loctite Glue Remover. It’s great for removing badly bonded items, glue that’s dried into fabric, and even bonded fingers. It’s easy to use and the thick gel formula means no mess - even on vertical surfaces. It also works wonders on hard-to-remove labels, tough residues, and more.