Easily Remove Dried Hot Glue (aka Hot Melt)

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Introduction: Easily Remove Dried Hot Glue (aka Hot Melt)

In this video I will show you how to cleanly (and easily) remove hot glue (aka hotmelt) from nearly any surface. 

I literally stumbled on this while working with hot glue over 20 years ago at a previous job.  It ended up being a "major discovery" for how we conducted our "re-work" on defective parts. 

After a bit of research on the net I was surprised that even today I can't find anyone else that is aware of this solution.  I found that most people are using much more harsh chemicals.  That prompted me to create this quick Instructable and share the knowledge.

Long story short - use Isopropyl Alcohol

By John Mangan (siliconghost)
http://www.manganlabs.com

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Album: Claps and Leads
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Okay, I bought an antique reproduction Victorian couch for a song because repairs had been attempted with hot glue and resulted in a fairly hideous mess. I'm pretty confident and fairly clever, so I went after it with paint thinner. No luck. I tried paint remover. Nope. Windex. Nix. I broke out the big stuff; Methyl Ethyl Ketone-negative. KleanStrip solvent, which will damn near dissolve human bone (I don't know this for a fact). Nah. I would have used a small thermonuclear device if the internet instructions had actually worked properly but someone somewhere has clearly altered them.
Then I found your video. In 15 minutes I'd picked enough hot glue off of the pink velvet to get the result I needed and continue the repair.
Thank you. Not only from me, but from all the inhabitants of my fair city who were saved from atomic incineration by your timely and instructive video.

WAY too funny! ROFLMAO! Love your commentary.

And, ya, the Isopropol Alcohol worked for me too. (Yay!)

Thanks for the superb time saving tip. Much less invasive than what I thought...(I was going to use a dremel to make the parts free...electronic stuff, so, I needed a better solution).

Thank you for the wonderful feedback! Glad I could help.

OMG it works! I've had 25yrs. old barrettes with glue gobs that were like cement. Your technique took 1 minute. Thank YOU!

No problem! Glad to have helped you out!

May you be Blessed by all and/or any Diety that watch over you.
And may you never become unable to hold onto a single blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.

Billfarr, now that bit of feedback just made my day. Thank you and glad you like the instructable!

We used the alcohol on the painted walls and brick to remove the hot glue, it worked great. It did remove a little paint which was fine because we are repainting. I work at a school and we had to remove alot of it. We were chipping away, we tried heating it and that made it worse. There were 5-6 of us working on it while racking are brains on an easier way. I googled it, found your tip. After that it just took 2 girls to finish up and got it done in the time it took 5 of us that worked on it all day. Wanted to say thanks!! Now we can go home and ice are sore arms from all the chipping we were doing before I found your tip

That is great! Glad I could help!

Can't believe I spent so much time on the "net" looking for my answer. This worked perfectly for removing old unwanted glass break contacts from the windows in my home. Thanks