6 Easiest ways to remove gorilla glue from plastic

Gorilla glue is a very strong adhesive and it can be difficult to remove. But don’t worry, there are some easy solutions available that will help you get rid of the gorilla glue from plastic – without damaging the surface! There is no need to throw away your favorite device or any other item made of plastic because these 5 methods will work for all types of surfaces.

Easiest ways to remove gorilla glue from plastic

Method #1: Cooking oil

  1. Put a small amount of cooking oil on the glue. The oil will help to absorb the glue. After that, remove the excess with a scraper and wipe off any remaining oils with a paper towel or cloth.
  2. Wait until it’s completely soaked up by the glue. The oil will make the glue soft.
  3. After 20-30 minutes, use a scraper to remove it from the plastic surface. You can also put some more oil on top of it and wait for another half an hour if you want to be sure that you removed all of the gorilla glue successfully.
remove gorilla glue from plastic by scraper

Method #2: Water and soap

  1. Put the plastic in a freezer and wait for it to freeze
  2. Rake the frozen piece of plastic out of the freezer and place it beneath a hot running tap. You will see how the glue starts to soften up and how it becomes easier to remove as water gets into its structure.
  3. The heat will melt the glue away from your plastic
  4. If you want to remove any remaining residue, use soap or detergent with water on your hands and rub them together until they’re clean
  5. Thoroughly rinse off all soap or detergent 
  6. Dry off both sides with paper towel before using again

Method #3: Razor blade and mineral/vegetable oil

  1. Use a razor blade to scrape off as much of the glue as possible. Be careful not to cut your plastic.
  2. Put some oil or mineral spirits on a paper towel and wipe off the remaining glue with it. You can also use more razor blades if you need them!
  3. Wash everything off with soap and water, then dry both sides using paper towels before reusing again
  4. If there is still some residue left over, use nail polish remover to remove it
  5. Apply petroleum jelly or another type of lubricant if you want to prevent future glues from sticking onto your plastic 
  6. Store in an airtight container so that it doesn’t get clogged up again by other types of gunk (e.g., dirt)
Use a razor blade to scrape off as much of the glue as possible.

Method #4: Acetone nail polish remover

  1. Put some acetone into a small bowl and soak a paper towel or cotton ball in it.
  2. Wipe off the gorilla glue from your plastic with this soaked piece of cloth or tissue and then wash everything off
  3. If there is any residue left, use some warm water to clean that up as well before letting both sides dry out completely using paper towels
nail polish remover

Method #5: Mineral spirits

  1. Pour enough mineral spirits into your container until there is about ½” in depth and then submerge any pieces with Gorilla Glue in them. Remember not to touch or agitate gorillas glue while it’s being soaked up by these substances; this might cause its bonding strength to increase once again!
  2. Let everything soak overnight or throughout the entire day – how long depends on how big those items are, how much glue is on them and how many pieces you have. After that, remove the items from the solution using gloves or a towel to protect your hands.
  3. Wash off any remaining residue with soap and water and let everything dry out before use!

Method #6: Petroleum jelly (e.g., Vaseline)

  1. Put petroleum jelly onto a cotton ball and wipe it down all over your plastic surface where you have removed the Gorilla Glue.
  2. You can also put more on top if you want to be extra sure that no other types of glues will stick to your device!
  3. Wash everything away after about 30-60 minutes when the oil has absorbed enough of the adhesive so that you can remove it


So that’s how you easily remove gorilla glue from plastic. If there are still some leftover residues after the oil trick, try using nail polish remover to get rid of it! Just be careful not to burn your hands on hot water or anything else for that matter if you do use acetone!

Good luck and happy repairs!

Frequently Asked Questions

What dissolves dried Gorilla glue?

To dissolve dried Gorilla glue, mix it with a solution of acetone and water. The mixture should be around 50% water and 50% acetone, to begin with, then add more water as necessary to make the solution pourable.
One popular technique uses detergent to dissolve the excess particles that accumulate during drying. This can take a few hours depending on the adhesive’s type and its thickness. Another common technique is immersing the resin-based glue in warm or boiling water once again, which will often result in an easier removal process than when using room temperature.

Will Goo Gone remove Gorilla glue?

Yes. Goo Gone is the #1 name in adhesive removers, and it’ll react with any of them.
For outdoor glue removal, use Goo Gone Outdoor Removal Formula to remove stubborn adhesives quickly and find your favorite outdoor surfaces intact. A water-based solution that’s safe for both indoor and outdoor use, this formula has a special quick-drying action that leaves behind no residue or dulling film on hard surfaces like patios or decks. And its non-toxic ingredients are also safe for children and pets who may come into contact with areas where it’s used.

Will vinegar remove Gorilla glue?

Unfortunately, we cannot answer that question with certainty.
A better question is whether Acetic Acid will work to break down the proteins in Gorilla glue. Vinegar typically has higher acidity than most cleaners but it would be hard for any solvent, including vinegar, to do something that is not already accomplished by the more concentrated acid cleaner. As such, our advice would be to use a more concentrated cleaning agent normally found in stores.

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