How to Remove Super Glue From Car Paint

Written by chris moore
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Super Glue is one of the worst things to get on a car's paint job because it is one of the hardest substances to remove. The glue will bond to the paint and harden almost immediately. To make matters worse, it usually takes acetone to remove it, which will also take off the paint. It might be possible to get the glue off while avoiding damaging the paint, but you should still prepare for repainting the area after removing the Super Glue

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Things you need

  • Soft rags
  • Warm water
  • Hand cream
  • Dish soap
  • Acetone-based remover
  • Sandpaper
  • Urethane primer
  • Urethane paint
  • Clear-coat protectant
  • Car polish

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    Soak the glue stain in warm water by using a wet rag, then apply a mixture of hand cream and dish soap--powdered or liquid. This might be the only way you will be able to remove the glue without taking off any paint, and it still might not succeed in preventing damage to the paint job.

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    Apply a Super Glue remover or another acetone-based substance to the stain. Use as little as possible and lightly wipe the area with a soft cloth until the glue dissolves. If you do this quickly enough, without letting the acetone soak into the paint for very long, you might remove the glue while only removing the wax with it.

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    Repaint the car's surface if you end up removing paint in the process. Make sure you know the type of paint used on your car--most models use urethane. For best results, sand away all the immediate surrounding paint, apply three coats of primer, two coats of paint and three coats of clear-coat protectant.

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    Wash and dry the entire car, then apply a fresh coat of wax to it--especially to the touched-up area. Apply a small dab of polish to the area and rub it in place with a soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • If you need to repaint the car, get its paint code so you can find the exact colour shade that you need. The code is often printed on a sticker on the inner side of the car door, and someone at the paint or auto-supply store will use this code to look up the right colour. The primer, paint and clear coat usually require 15 minutes to 1 hour in between their individual coats and must then sit overnight before you apply the next substance. Check the instructions on each for the exact time periods.

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