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Forum topic by Elizabeth posted 04-25-2014 03:03 PM 793 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Elizabeth

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04-25-2014 03:03 PM

Hey, at least I haven’t glued myself to anything yet…

While repairing one of my son’s toys yesterday using a very cheap brand of superglue, it dribbled and I got a spot of it on my shirt. It’s a cheap shirt, but new and I’d rather not have it become shop clothing immediately.

I tried scrubbing acetone on it with a toothbrush but it didn’t help much. Does anyone else have tips and tricks for removing superglue from clothes? It’s just a cheap grey t-shirt.


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Dave Rutan

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#1 posted 04-25-2014 03:19 PM

I got a drop of super glue on a shirt once. The spot outlived the shirt. Sorry, I think you just gained a new (very new) workshirt.

-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Elizabeth

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#2 posted 04-25-2014 03:20 PM

I was afraid of that. I did the same thing in high school in my model car building days. I even HAVE a shop apron, but do I ever use it? Nooooo….

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Hammerthumb

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 03:22 PM

Got some on my jeans once. Cut it up and used them for guitar picks.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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pmayer

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#4 posted 04-25-2014 03:22 PM

fire. :)

Sorry. If acetone won’t work, I’m not sure that anything will work without destroying the shirt.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Vincent Nocito

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#5 posted 04-25-2014 03:33 PM

Nitromethane is a good solvent for removing superglue. You can get some at Woodcraft (Satellite City Super Solvent 2-oz #08X51 also sold sometimes as Golden West brand). Nitromethane is also found in some model airplane fuels. NM needs to be handled with care and follow the instructions on the woodcraft website and read the MSDS.

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Elizabeth

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#6 posted 04-25-2014 03:37 PM

Vincent – I think I’d rather buy a new shirt! Thanks though. :)

Hammerthumb – maybe I should put some more on it, and do that!

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hoosier0311

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#7 posted 04-25-2014 03:38 PM

sounds like popiels needs to get on the stick and invent super glue remover, the “slap chop guy” could market it on TV

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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moke

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#8 posted 04-25-2014 04:59 PM

I have to tell a quick story about super glue….about 10 years ago, this fellow was mentoring me on how to put a CA finish on pens. I really didn’t know him very well, had just met him at the tool store. He was one of those guys that was sort of clumsy, but a very nice man. As he was preparing to put the 3 or 4th coat of Super glue on the pen, he took the top off the glue and stuck it in his lips to hold it…..yes, he had slopped some med CA on the outside. I tried not to laugh as he was really stuck, but could not contain myself…..he never asked me back to his shop again.

So Elizabeth, it’s only a shirt….at least you weren’t bleeding!
I know this had nothing to do with your post, but it reminded me of the incident.
Mike

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Elizabeth

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#9 posted 04-25-2014 05:11 PM

When googling how to remove it from clothes I was surprised to find how many “how to remove superglue from your lips” entries there were! I always get some on at least one finger (my left thumb this time) but so far have managed to never stick any skin together.

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LeTurbo

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#10 posted 04-25-2014 07:19 PM

I seem to remember reading somewhere … ice. It doesn’t like cold. I think it just cracks up. Worth a try?

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Elizabeth

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#11 posted 04-25-2014 08:08 PM

Worth a shot! I’ll wet the spot and chuck the whole thing in the chest freezer.

I’ve also read you can put a paper towel over the spot and heat it up with an iron to melt it into the paper towel instead, but with my luck I’d ruin the iron.

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Texcaster

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#12 posted 04-25-2014 09:55 PM

If I haven’t played double bass in awhile, I put ca on the tips of my two plucking fingers. It lasts about 2 days.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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Bob Current

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#13 posted 04-25-2014 11:59 PM

I get all kinds of stuff on my shirts, I ignore them and act surprised when someone points them out.
This method works best when you are older.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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dawsonbob

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#14 posted 04-26-2014 12:01 AM

“I get all kinds of stuff on my shirts, I ignore them and act surprised when someone points them out.
This method works best when you are older.”

Hallelujah, brother. That’s been my preferred method for quite awhile now, too.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#15 posted 04-26-2014 01:10 AM

No advice on this topic… but texcaster so been there. I have also stopped bleeding with it when there are no bandages around. I use it everyday, would love to read the answer. As far as NitroMethane.. I think I am with OP.. I would just by a new shirt.

P.S. Wear that smock.

-- Who is John Galt?

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