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How to remove Gorilla Glue from plastic

Updated February 21, 2017

When craftsmen and artists need to get serious about bonding surfaces together, they turn to the professional adhesives designed to hold forever. One such adhesive product is Gorilla Glue. The Gorilla company produces super glue, tape, epoxy and wood glue that sticks almost as soon as it is applied. This sticking power may be ideal for projects, but can be a nightmare if you adhere the wrong surfaces. Apply acetone as a solvent to dissolve the glue from plastic that has been accidentally bonded.

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  1. Fill a container large enough to encompass the plastic with acetone (nail polish remover). If the plastic piece is too large to fit into any container, dampen a paper towel or cloth with acetone.

  2. Soak the plastic in the acetone. If you cannot soak the plastic, apply acetone with your damp towel or cloth to the glue so that it is soaked with acetone. Allow five minutes for the acetone to dissolve the glue.

  3. Remove the plastic from the acetone and wiggle the bond to loosen the pieces. Use the flat edge of a spoon or knife, or a plastic scraper, to scrape loosened glue from the plastic surface.

  4. Repeat acetone application and scraping until the glue is completely removed. Rinse the plastic in cool, clean water to remove residual acetone.

  5. Tip

    Acetone will dry out your hands; wear gloves to wash and moisturise your hands thoroughly when working with acetone. Warm, soapy water can replace acetone as a solvent.


    As the Gorilla Glue dissolves, do not attempt to pull two pieces of plastic apart; the glue could damage the plastic surface. Wiggle the joint gently until it comes loose.

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Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Acetone
  • Paper towel or cloth
  • Scraper

About the Author

Samantha Volz

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

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