How to Remove Glue From a Plastic Model

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How to Remove Glue From a Plastic Model
Acetone, commonly found in nail polish remover, can dissolve glue from plastic. (manicure-nail polish remover image by Leticia Wilson from

Many people enjoy building plastic models as collector's items, and the detailed designs require a great deal of concentration and care. When working with glue on these models, glue often ends up where it doesn't belong, securing the wrong pieces together or creating a stain on your model. Fortunately, it's not difficult to remove glue from a plastic model with acetone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Acetone
  • Tissue

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  1. 1

    Dampen the end of a cotton swab with acetone. Gently press the end of the swab against the acetone bottle to remove excess liquid.

  2. 2

    Apply the acetone to the glued area. Wait at least five minutes to give the acetone time to dissolve the glue.

  3. 3

    Wipe residual acetone and glue away with a tissue or napkin. If the parts have not come apart, or glue is still visible on the surface, apply acetone again until all glue is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • Acetone can be found on its own at hardware and home improvement stores. Acetone is often found in nail polish remover.
  • Acetone can discolour clothing and dry out skin. Wash your hands after using acetone and keep it off of your garments.

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