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How to remove shoe goo

Shoe Goo is a versatile and effective adhesive that is typically used to rebuild worn-out soles, seal rubber shoes and boots, repair damaged heels and glue down loose insoles. When you get Shoe Goo where you don't want it, it can be complicated to remove. Shoe Goo has been formulated to remain flexible after being completely cured (24 hours after application) but it is possible to remove no matter when you notice it.

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  1. Dampen a clean dry cloth with a small amount of acetone.

  2. Rub the acetone dampened cloth over the Shoe Goo. Wait five minutes while the acetone is absorbed by the adhesive.

  3. Rub the shoe glue off with a paper towel. The Shoe Goo will ball up and brush off, onto the paper towel.

  4. Insert the edge of a paint scraper between the spilt Shoe Goo and the surface you want to remove it from.

  5. Gently exert pressure on the paint scrapper until the adhesive is separated from the surface, then lift up on the scrapper.

  6. Insert the edge of a fine razor blade between any remaining Shoe Goo and the surface and gently lift away any of it remaining on the surface.

  7. Tip

    Shoe Goo can be painted after 24 hours.


    Test the colour fastness of your fabric or furniture in an out of the way spot before applying the acetone. Shoe Goo may damage finished surfaces. If the surface is damaged you will have to sand the area and refinish it appropriately.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean dry cloth
  • Acetone
  • Paper towel
  • Paint scraper
  • Razer blade

About the Author

Cheryl Torrie

Based in Covington, Tenn., Cheryl Torrie has been writing how-to articles since 2008. Her articles appear on eHow. Torrie received a certificate in travel and tourism from South Eastern Academy and is enrolled in a computer information systems program at Tennessee Technology Center at Covington.

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