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Removing Gorilla Glue From Skin

  
Has anyone found a way of removing the brown 'Original' Gorilla Glue from skin.  Earlier today I picked something up by the wrong side which I'd just coated in the stuff. 
I've just spent 20 minutes washing and scrubbing my hands as per their FAQs and have just about lost the stuff, but has anyone come up with a miracle way of removing it?

Note that this is the brown foaming polyurethane glue; not the cyanoacrylate type.

Acetone, when its wet. Wear and tear when its cured.
AndyGadget (author)  steveastrouk3 years ago
Is that from experience, Steve?  Their FAQ for the polyurethane glue says specifically don't use acetone as it removes oils from the skin and makes the glue more likely to stick.
That's from (bitter) experience.
We always have nasty solvents available, and acetone works very well. Yes, you should moisturise afterwards, and really, with a priori knowledge, wear a barrier cream on your skin to stop it sticking !
AndyGadget (author)  steveastrouk3 years ago
I finally tried this and yep, it works. In the absence of industrial solvents I raided my wife's cosmetics drawer for the nail varnish remover which also contains skin conditioner which I think helped the removal (and it left me with lovely silky skin afterwards #;¬).
BDayPass4 days ago

For sanding off a light amount of glue, use an emory board. Very kind to your skin.

I did the salt/vinegar/olive oil one and added in some Fast Orange and Comet for added brutality. That still took forever. Near the end I came up with a breakthrough though: A knife sharpening stone. That worked great to exfoliate the stuff off. Way better than pumice or a scotchbrite pad.

Both of my hands were about 70% covered in the stuff (palm side only) and it took me well over an hour to get this off, working continuously over a sink that entire time. Gorilla Glue is serious stuff. I thought super glue was bad. This is ten times worse.

My daughter Gorilla Glued her armpits. When I asked why she said "to stick the pictures on". She generally tends to be ahead of the fashion curve, fyi. Now working through the various solutions presented here. Obviously the sage wisdom "don't do it in the first place" isn't too useful at the moment. But some ocean swim and time may be the one that works best. I do hope that she's learned something about strong poly adhesives!

shill211 month ago

Ladies makeup remover works just fine and is gentle on your skin.

this worked great for me

We read all the ideas and tried a combo of olive oil and coarse salt. Came right off!

just tried it and it didn't work.

yeah don't put gorilla glue on your skin in the first place.

MarandaD1 month ago

salt and water be sure to put lotion on after you wash your hands

Noqrjakh2 months ago

I got some of the clear stuff on my hands and it dried before I could get it off. I used nail clippers to help me peel the clue off my hands.

the bottle says "bonds skin instantly", and I thought yeah right, but it really does!

soak your hands in warm water then rub any type of sand together in your hands

ROCSart3 months ago

While Gorilla Glue is still sticky use GOOF OFF Pro strength and a dry rag. If water is used to wash hands first the glue gets stickier, worse. Water is used before Gorilla is applied to make wood glue joints set up. So don't use on your hands if you want to remove it! After the Goof Off and a dry rag use WD 40, rub on hand it moistens the skin and removes the Goof Off, repeat if needed. Then use dish soap and water the remove WD 40. Finally, use olive oil to make hands all better.

aeray3 years ago
I haven't found anything to take it off. I suspect that it is called "gorilla" glue because it gives you black "gorilla hands" for a week or two. It'll wear off eventually.
mkljkl aeray6 months ago

Bleach works very well, but after words just wash with a lot of soap!!! Good Luck

jonesgirl8810 months ago
I was working on making snowflake ornaments for my 2-year-olds at work and used the clear Gorilla glue. I was cleaning the nozzle per the instructions and, of course, got it all over my hands. I used the olive oil idea and it worked. I worked it into my hands about 3 times for about 10 minutes and washed with hand soap in between to peal off the glue. There's a thin layer where the glue was extra thick on the pads of my fingers but I can live with that. Thanks for the idea!
kntry1 year ago
I tried Acetone and it did nothing.

I rubbed Goof Off on my hands for about a minute then lightly rubbed one of those green dish scrubbing pads on my hands and fingers. I washed with Dawn Dish Liquid and then rubbed Olive Oil on my hands. The Gorilla Glue is completely gone!
I have had this problem alot of times. The best way I've found, it may be a little gross, is to use some dawns dish liquid, vegetable oil or baby oil, vinegar, lotion and flour. Scrub your hands with the dish liquid mixed with oil and vinegar, scrub for about 5-8 minutes, then get a quarter size amout of lotion and put it all over your hands, then wipe off excess, then put your hands in some flour and it should come right off, the flour is too make sure you got it all off.
Ok, a straight line like that, "I have had this problem alot of times." - Are you sure once was not enough to keep you from ever ever ever getting this super superglue on your skin ever ever ever again?
Benlafin1 year ago
I just got some on my hands, and went to clean it with cold water and soap. That hardly worked, so I googled it and found this thread. I decided that the solutions here were a little too complex for me, so I decided to just try olive oil and hot water. Worked pretty well for me. I just poured some olive oil on my hands and rubbed in warm water. Only a thin, hardly noticeable layer of the glue is left on my fingers. I'm not entirely sure how this will work in cases where your hands are entirely covered in glue, but as far as minor catches of it, this should work.
jwallace181 year ago
What worked for me was dampen hands with white wine vinegar and sprinkle on lots of baking soda and scrub. Then wipe hands off with a dry paper towel and after a couple minutes I just rinsed my hands with water and if i missed some its white and has a good edge to peel off
Just made a huge mess with Gorilla Glue on my hands when my project fell and I tried to put it back together. Here is the best way I have found to get Gorilla Glue off your hands. First spray your hands with Pam non stick cooking spray or use baby oil. This will keep the glue from sticking to your hands where you have not spred it. Then use soap and warm water. Pam also works for most other things like spray paint, pine tar and other sticky stuff.
SoundDr3 years ago
I have done this many times - slow learner. Best way to avoid is obviously to wear gloves.

If you act before it is cured Canadian Tire Hand Cleaner will remove it.

The manufacturer states soap and warm water. This, in my experience, will not work. Quickly remove as much as possible and use Canadian Tire Hand Cleaner - a mixture of petroleum products, mineral oil, lanolin etc. It is similar to a product called Lustersheen which is no longer available to me.

If you are not in Canada - good luck. The black residue eventually wears off.
orksecurity3 years ago
Poly adhesives cure on contact with moisture, and that includes the moisture in body tissues. As far as I know, the only way to reliably remove it is to remove the cells that it has bonded to. In the case of hands, you can wait for the body to shed that top layer of skin, try to encourage that shedding, or abrade it off.

The better answer is to prevent the problem; always wear gloves and clothing which you don't mind getting gunked up.

Eyes, obviously, would be a much more serious problem, since you don't even want to think about trying most of the things you might do to your hands. YOU MUST WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES WHEN WORKING WITH POLY ADHESIVES. THIS INCLUDES THE SPRAY INSULATING FOAMS, WHICH HAVE SIMILAR CHEMISTRY.

The best answer, frankly, so to not use these adhesives unless you have a specific reason for doing so. They do have specific uses for which they're better than anything else. But between this need for care, and the fact that they REALLY require that parts be clamped while the glue is curing if you want to get its full strength, they may not be the best choice for everyday use.

Sorry, Gorilla. I like the product, but I don't consider it a cure-all. Tools for tasks.
Burf3 years ago
The only thing I have found that works reasonably well, is to thoroughly wash then leave damp. Rub in petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or mineral oil and peel the glue off. Otherwise, you're probably going to be wearing the glue until the dead skin underneath begins to slough off.
Re-design Burf3 years ago
That's what I'd try. Maybe even WD40. It gets between the skin and the glue bond and sometimes gets things off when you can't.
Dr. Pepper3 years ago
Goof off works well.
I have never used Gorilla glue before, but when I get super glue on my hands sanding it a little helps.  I comes of sooner when you sand most of it off.