Gorilla Glue is commonly applied on surfaces and joints. When applied, the bond is hard to break with water. This glue also resists damage under high temperatures.
Hence, it is hard to remove the glue from some surfaces using only water and ordinary cleaning procedures. It is also very hard to remove from skin.
Therefore, you need to be very careful when applying it on surfaces and working with it during construction.
Here is how to remove Gorilla Glue from surfaces.
1. Check if the chemicals can destroy the surface
Before starting to remove Gorilla Glue from any surface, wait for it to dry first. This will prevent it from damaging other areas by spreading on them. Spreading on other areas can happen as you try to scrub it away.
The first step of removing Gorilla Glue is to confirm whether or not the chemicals you want to use will damage that surface. In construction, this glue can stick on any surface.
Regardless of the surface, do a spot test to confirm that the chemical is safe to apply on the surface. The test involves applying a very small amount of the chemical on a damaged spot on the surface where the glue is to be removed.
Put a piece of cotton in the chemical for five minutes. Remove and wipe the chemical on the chosen spot on the surface. Check if the chemical will discolor the surface. If not, the chemical is safe to use on that surface.
2. Use Acetone
100% will loosen Gorilla Glue from hard surfaces such as wood and stone floors. It can also remove it from fabrics. However, never use acetone to try and remove this glue from plastics because it damages plastics.
Place a cotton ball in acetone solution and let it stay for a short while to soak. Remove it and place it on the part that has Gorilla Glue. Let it sit on position for five minutes.
Remove the cotton and wipe with a wet rag. Scrub with the rag until the glue comes off.
3. Use Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol is used to remove Gorilla Glue from metal and non-plastic surfaces. The procedure for removing the glue from these surfaces with this chemical is similar to the one for removing the glue using acetone.
Dampen a cotton ball with the chemical and let it sit over the stuck glue for five minutes. Remove the fabric and wipe the surface with a wet cloth and warm soapy water.
Scrub with the wet cloth until the glue completely comes out. You can also remove the loosened glue with the edge of a knife after removing the chemical dampened cotton ball.
4. Use a blunt object to peel it from a surface
A knife can be used to peel the glue from the surface by applying pressure on the knife. Place the knife on one side of the stuck glue and try to lift it off the surface from one of the glue edges to remove it.
You can make it easier to remove from this surface by applying a little acetone using a cotton ball.
5. Use a tooth brush to scrub off the glue from the surface
A toothbrush can help to remove the glue from a surface by rubbing it over the glue area. To do this, apply some acetone and soap on the surface. Use a light jabbing motion to flake away the glue.
6. Wash the fabric or rinse the surface
After removing all the glue from the surface, the final step is washing it or rinsing it clean.
Clothes are washed by placing them in a washing machine or by hands using professional cleaning procedures.
This is an important step when the overalls and other clothing used in construction are damaged with the glue.
7. Use wet clothes to remove the glue on plastic surfaces
Acetone and alcohol will chemically and therefore structurally damage plastic surfaces. Soak a cloth in warm soapy water and place it on the area where the glue is stuck.
Keep the cloth moistened by pouring warm soapy water while placed on the surface. Leave it on position for up to 4 hours. If it is dissolve, wipe it out. If not, scrap it using a toothbrush. Rinse the surface.