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A simple guide on how to get glue off nails

You carefully mapped out your repair job, but you didn’t consider how to get glue off nails. This mishap does occur, and fortunately, you don’t need to buy anything extra to remove it—just reach for what you probably already have at home!

Does super glue come off nails?

Super glue has a great reputation for being able to repair almost anything that breaks, faster than you can say “super glue”. It has one of the strongest, most durable bonds of any glue on the market, making it the number one choice among consumers. It can be used on glass, plastic, metal, fabrics, and wood. Even the steadiest hands can end up with a few drops of glue on them. Read on to find a fast and simple solution to dealing with this type of adhesive!

Step by step: How to remove super glue from nails and skin

After bumping into the side table and knocking over Granny’s ancient lamp, you’ve glued it back together. Unfortunately, you also glued your fingers together doing it. Don’t worry, you can untangle yourself from this sticky situation. Find out how to get super glue off your nails and skin and get on with your day.


  1. Get a bowl and fill it with warm water. Add some dish soap.
  2. Dissolve the glue off your skin by soaking your fingers in the water for several minutes.
  3. Use a spoon to gently wedge it between the stuck fingers and slowly pry your fingers apart. 
  4. Use a sponge to rub off any remaining glue residue left on your nails or skin.

What about super glue stuck on other hard surfaces?

Spilling super glue on a hard surface can make things look messy. When this happens to your favourite watch or your new bathroom countertop, reach for a product with Acetone. Acetone can be found in most nail polish removers and even some other common household products. The best way to achieve optimal results is to first remove the bigger chunks of super glue with a utility knife. Then use a cotton swab to apply two to three drops of acetone on the affected area to soften the glue. Finally, grab a cloth and wipe away the remaining glue residue. Good as new!

Watch this quick tutorial on how to get glue off nails and various household objects.

Getting glue off nails: Start with the right glue!

For precision repairs, such as the handle on your “World’s Best Dad” mug, pick up a bottle of LePage Ultra Gel Control Super Glue. It adheres hard-to-bond surfaces, dries quickly, and can withstand extreme heat.

Do you have a part on your vehicle, like a rear-view mirror, that needs to be fixed? If you need to repair something safety related, you’ll want to be certain you are using the best glue possible. Pick up a bottle of LePage Super Glue Liquid Pro, one of the strongest super glues on the market. It sets in seconds and ensures that whatever you’ve repaired, stays repaired.