Glue Gloves





Introduction: Glue Gloves

I regularly work with enamel paints, Super Glue and Plasti Dip, all of which are near to impossible to remove from fingers and hands without Acetone or other chemicals. This simple method will keep your fingers and hands clean from paints, stains and bonding. Instead of using costly and not environmentally friendly nitrile, latex or vinyl gloves these Glue Gloves are made to fit any application. From covering your whole hand to a couple of fingers. Use what you need and throw away less.

This instructable will illustrate 3 different uses of Glue Gloves to create a temporary bonding inhibitor. I will apply Nail Polish, Super Glue and Plasti Dip directly on to a thin layer of glue covering my skin. Normally when these substances come in contact with exposed skin they bond instantly and are difficult to remove without the use chemicals. By applying Glue Gloves before you start a project these substances and others, will peel or wash off from your skin.

The benefits of Glue Gloves are:
1) Easy to apply,
2) Nothing special to buy,
3) Easy clean up and
4) Nontoxic.

Materials step 1
Nail Polish step 2
Super Glue step 3
Plasti Dip step 4
Observations & Summary step 5

Step 1: Materials

Glue Gloves Material:
White / Wood Glue

Demo Materials:
1) Nail Polish, (step 2)
2) Super Glue and (step 3)
3) Plasti Dip. (step 4)

Skill Level:

Time to Apply and Dry:
3 – 5 minutes

Now let’s see Glue Gloves at work.

Next: Nail Polish

Step 2: Nail Polish

Nail Polish (Enamel Paint) – Nail Polish is no fun to remove without Acetone.
1) Apply a thin layer of White Glue on your skin,
2) Let it dry and
3) Peel off or wash away when you are done painting.

Next: Super Glue

Step 3: Super Glue

Super GlueSuper Glue dries quickly and has a strong bond.
1) Apply a thin layer of White Glue or Wood Glue on your skin,
2) Let it dry and
3) Peel off or wash away when you are done gluing.

Next: Plasti Dip

Step 4: Plasti Dip

Plasti DipPlasti Dip dries quickly and has a strong bond. I use Titebond III glue to cover my complete hand. I have not tried white or other wood glues, Titebond III works great.

1) Apply a thin layer of Wood Glue (Titebond III) on your skin,
2) Let it dry and
3) Peel off or wash away when you are done spray dipping.

Next: Observations & Summary

Step 5: Observations & Summary

I have been using Glue Gloves for more than 5 years. It works great! Clean up time is nothing compared to scrubbing, pealing or chemical removal of bonded substance on bare hands. After the glue dries I have complete finger mobility. The dry glue also has some elasticity, so it will stretch a little without tearing. I use as much or as little as needed for the task at hand.

Glue Gloves are an alternative to nitrile, latex or vinyl gloves. I have also used Hi-Tack Tack Glue with the same successful results.

Safety NoteGlue Gloves are for occasional usage. If you develop a sensitivity (redness, soreness, tenderness) then discontinue using. Everyone’s sensitivity is different. This instructable is for educational purposes. Use at your own risk.

The benefits of this application are:
1) Easy to apply and use.
Open cap, wipe on and let dry.
2) Nothing special to buy,
You already have 1 or more of these glues at home or in your shop.
3) Easy clean up,
Peel or wash off.
4) Nontoxic.

I am satisfied with the results.

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    Thank you for reviewing and commenting. Yea, pretty cool.

    Thanks a lot for posting this and your work testing.

    You are welcome. Thank you for reviewing and commenting. Do you have an application in mind for this?

    Hi Ezman,

    One process in making bentwood rings requires me to apply CA as I roll the veneer. I'm still working on the process. Of course, I would like it where the CA simply doesn't get on my hands. I may be able to do it that way with CA activator which makes it dry very quickly. That worked a couple times but I'll have continue the experiment.

    I tried your method with some old wood glue that had turned to gel and it didn't work very well. I'll get a bottle of white school glue and see how that works.

    I see we share a love for working our processes. I think that's pretty cool.

    Easy does it,


    Welcome to instructables, James.

    Wow, a veneer ring sounds intricate. In a pinch I have used Cling/Saran Wrap to hold something in place while using CA. I have never had CA bond with Cling/Saran Wrap. I have reused the Cling/Saran Wrap after wiping off the CA with tissue paper. The tool does not bond while clamping things together and on other occasions I have used it to keep my hands from bonding to projects.

    I enjoy learning and trying new things, but in the process I make some mistakes. Which gives me another opportunity to learn and apply a different solution.

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    Great instructable! Being a woodworking hobbyist I wonder why it never occurred to me that the unnerving woodglue I keep picking off of my hands after work might be looked at from a different angle, too. I'll have to give it a try.

    BTW - there are situations when super glue is most welcome on my fingers. whenever I need to play the guitar in a gig after not having played for quite some time, I apply several layers of super glue to my left hand's finger tips to compensate for a non-existent callus there. To some extent this helps to protect against the ususal cracks I get there after playing for hours.

    Thank you for reviewing and commenting. I have a friend who plays guitar he would apply super glue to his fingers tips as needed. I am glad to hear of your success with the use of super glue.

    I cannot follow I mean I get the idea of that but instructable is very scattered but overall good job:)

    Thank you for reviewing and commenting. I am sorry for any confusion, could you help me understand what seems scattered? Maybe I can help make it more clear.