How to Remove Different Glues and Paint From Skin in Under 5 Minutes





Introduction: How to Remove Different Glues and Paint From Skin in Under 5 Minutes

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So in this day and age, more and more new types of glues are coming out promising to not only to bond better, but also to dry in seconds, like my favorite Super Glue (Cyanoacrylate). Don't get me wrong these glues are anyone's best friend, but what happens when they come in contact with skin, or other body parts. Well you might just wind up with your fingers stuck together.

And what about paints, stains, and lacquer, many offer similar advertisements such as, fast drying, and adhesion guarantee. Well what happens when they come in contact with your skin. Exactly what they are meant to.

In this Instructable I will explain how to only using common in the house easily, quickly, and cheaply remove glue residue, unstick fingers, clean off paint, make stain and lacquer disappear from skin.

Step 1: Materials Needed

1. Skew driver with hexagonal bit no thicker than 1/8 inch.
3. Course sand paper (I preferred a sanding block)
4. Fine sand paper (I use a 3m superfine sanding sponge)
5. A sink
6. Soap and Water

Step 2: Glue and Paint

Knowing how to remove different glues is an invaluable knowledge. Anyone who has ever used any type of glue knows how difficult and annoying it can be to remove glue from body parts.

You will notice that nearly all of this Instructable requires Goo Gone, that is simply because it is the most effective method for removing sticky substances. It is simply amazing watching how effective it is at removing these substances. Especially heavy thick stain that is simply impossible to remove any other way.

This will work for gorilla glue, most wood glue, and epoxies.

This will also work with most stains, spray paint, and most lacquers.

Step 3: Removing the Different Substances.

Step 1.
Take the Goo Gone and spray the affected area. Rub sticky with a paper towel that is wet with Goo Gone. Continue washing with generous amount of goo gone until back to normal. Most areas can be fixed in under a minute.

Use caution not to reply over any cuts, open wounds, or bruises.

Step 2.
Now if you feel the area, you can see that it is very oily and smells weird. To get rid of this wash hands with soap and water FOR AT LEAST 4 MINUTES. Goo Gone contains harmful ingredients, and is toxic if consumed.

Step 4: How to Unstick Fingers

I love Super Glue (Cyanoacrylate) it is undoubtably my most used tool in my workshop, it is good for metal, wood, fiberglass, plastic, silicon, AND FINGERS. Anyone on this planet knows how easy it is to get your fingers stuck together. First, you see a dab of undried superglue, then decide to touch it, and next thing you know, your fingers are stuck together. This is an easy simple method of removing superglue using only sandpaper (course and fine) a screw driver, and soap and water.

Step 1.
Take your screw driver and place it between the stuck fingers, as shown in the picture.
Step 2.
Next slowly spin the hexagonal part of your screwdriver in between your fingers gently pulling through the stuck part. Continue doing this until your fingers are separated.
Step 3.
Once your fingers are separated, slowly sand each finger moving from course to fine removing all left over residue.
Step 4.
Last, wash hands thoroughly until area returns back to normal.


Goo Gone is a dangerous and harmful chemical that is toxic if consumed. Please follow all warnings on the label.

Using sand paper can be dangerous if over used. Do not continue using if you experience any pain or discomfort. If used properly, all you will feel is a little friction on your fingers.

I am not responsibly for any injuries that happen because of this Instructable.

If you enjoyed this Instructable or have any comments/ recommendations, please leave a comment in the comment section. Also if u liked it please vote for it in the paint and glue contests.



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    I know this was crazy but I have allergy eye drops that I use in my bathroom and I also kept my super glue in there to put on fake nails occasionally. With my glasses off I'm legally blind. Let me tell you NEVER keep those two items in the same area. You guessed it. I took off my glasses first and opened the wrong bottle (They are about the same size bottles too.) and glued my eyelids together. The weird thing was it didn't even sting - just felt warm. I knew what I did immediately after I blinked and couldn't open my eye. Freaking out, I called the local ER for help (glad that I only glued one shut.). I must not have been the first one that made that stupid mistake since they very calmly told me not to try and pull them apart or put anything on it to try and speed up the separation. They assured me that my lids would open in a couple of days all by themselves with no harm to my eyes. They were right, the only pain that I had to indur was everyone's jokes about what I did. lol

    For Cyano-Acrilate glues removal from fingers (not stuck together, but with glue covering them) I have found a product from a manufacturer of accesories for Radio Control Model airplanes that is like a porous solid pumice stone, that you rub your fingers on, to quickly remove the residue without effort and without placing any harsh solvent or chemical on the skin. Acetone, the main ingredient on super glue removers is a harsh, even carcinogenic substance...

    Now, for Epoxy removal, a safe one is common vinegar, followed by some baking soda and rubbing. Repeat until gone.

    For common, White Wood glue, dry rubbing until small balls form is the best way.



    3 years ago

    Iffee, I also know that nail polish remover and Acetone have been known to do the job, but in my experience, using a screwdriver is much quicker, and uses less chemicals. Also I do not have any acetone, or nail polish remover in my house.

    I use Acetone to remove super glue from stuck fingers.

    Nail polish remover also do the job.

    When I was a kid, my dad and my uncle were fooling around. My dad told him he had this really great new glue, back when super glue was fairly new on the market, my uncle said oh ya, how good. My dad told him to hold out his finger, he put a drop on it and told him to squeeze his fingers together. My uncle did, and after a couple of seconds he couldn't get them apart. My dad finally had to carefully cut them apart with a razor blade, LOL Barely left his skin raw too.


    3 years ago

    Yes of course. I was only talking about what happens most to me, tiny spots, anything larger and people should do what you describe.

    A screwdriver may be okay for a tiny spot of super-glue, but for anything larger, you will seriously want to keep a bottle of super-glue solvent handy, not to mention, a burn kit, particularly if you are using a setting agent. That stuff can blister the skin right off of your body. If you're using the thin super-glue, it can easily run down whatever you're gluing and get you.