Super glue help!


March 22, 2005, 02:17 PM
I need to remove some super glue that was put on plastic S&W grips to secure a slip on hogue grip. Tried nail polish remover. Didn't do anything. What can i use that wont ruin the grips?

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March 22, 2005, 02:30 PM
Acetone is supposed to dissolve set superglue, but be careful of the plactic grips!!!
Loctite do a Super Glue Remover ( which might be kinder to the grips.


Steve F
March 22, 2005, 02:36 PM
Try freezing it then carefully chip it off ;)

March 22, 2005, 02:47 PM
Cyanoacrylate adhesives have tremendous tensile strength but very low peel strength. Try getting under the edge of the glue spot and peeling the glue off. Solvents that effect the glue will attack the grips.

March 22, 2005, 03:54 PM
You might want to consider checking your nail polish remover not all of them contain acetone.


March 22, 2005, 04:18 PM
Yea the nail polish I was using might not have had acetone. Ill check. I went to the hardware store and found a product called Duro- Super glue remover. Ill let you know how it works.

March 23, 2005, 01:45 PM
go to your local hobby store that sells R/C airplanes. they have a CA glue section and in there they also have a CA glue "debonder". it disolves CA glue easily and is safe for just about all surfaces. here's a link to some different brands you might find.


March 23, 2005, 01:48 PM
When my youngest superglued her lips,( by accident ) the dr used Neosporin to work it off of her. Worked pretty good as I recall, about 19 years ago!

March 23, 2005, 03:51 PM
CA glue does not hold up to heat, to remove it boil the grips in water(if possible) That is how we release the bond of rubber tires to plastic rims in the R/C industry

March 23, 2005, 08:30 PM
What is CA glue?

P.S. I thought superglue was invented to glue tiles onto the Space Shuttle, which means it would resist low to moderate heat.

March 23, 2005, 08:35 PM
cyanoacrylate (CA)

March 23, 2005, 08:50 PM

i'm almost certain that the tiles on the shuttles are not held on by super glue.

here's a short history of CA glue from:

Superglue - Synthetic Glue
Superglue or Krazy Glue is a substance called cyanoacrylate that was discovered by Dr. Harry Coover while working for Kodak Research Laboratories to develop an optically clear plastic for gunsights in 1942. Coover rejected cyanoacrylate because it was too sticky.

In 1951, cyanoacrylate was rediscovered by Coover and Dr Fred Joyner.
Coover was now supervising research at the Eastman Company in Tennessee. Coover and Joyner were researching a heat-resistant acrylate polymer for jet canopies when Joyner spread a film of ethyl cyanoacrylate between refractometer prisms and discovered that the prisms were glued together.

Coover finally realized that cyanoacrylate was a useful product and in 1958 the Eastman compound #910 was marketed and later packaged as superglue.

on a side note, this stuff is also great for gluing cuts on your skin back together. stings a bit but ends bleeding and bonds instantly.


March 23, 2005, 09:14 PM
The debonder should work. If you work with CA glue often you will have glued enough things to your fingers (including your other fingers :o ) to find it's a good thing to have handy. Try to test it first on a hidden part of the grip.

March 23, 2005, 09:29 PM
Hah, made for gunsights...

March 23, 2005, 09:47 PM
Slightly (okay, totally) off-topic...

Before the Space Shuttles actually flew, I saw a show where they did a segment on casting the ceramic heat-shield tiles. The tiles, which are actually almost-cube-shaped blocks, were coming by on a conveyor belt. You could actually see the centers of the blocks glowing red with the heat from the kiln.

The host of the show reached out, bare-handed, and picked up a still glowing block. The ceramic was such a good insulator that even though the interior of the block was still molten, the outside was room-temperature...

I was awed.

Back to the original topic...

March 24, 2005, 10:40 AM
Well I tried that Super glue remover on my garage door opener which appeared to have a similar plastic to the grips. The Duro remover kinda turned the super glue gummy and I was able to remove a layer at a time but it also softened/melted the palstic. Afraid it would do the same with the grips. Maybe I will try boiling?

March 24, 2005, 12:52 PM
Skin So Soft (sometimes packaged as SSS) by Avon. I don't know the science of it, but it's what mom pulled out when I superglued my fingers together back in the day. I've also used it to remove tar from my car bumper, and I have friends who ride motorcycles that swear by it as a treatment for the leather on their bikes.

March 24, 2005, 01:41 PM
Skin So Soft is also a fantastic mosquito repelant. no kidding.


March 24, 2005, 03:41 PM
And cures athletes foot. :)

March 24, 2005, 03:53 PM
It's a tool that every home handyman needs. It's a jigsaw. It's a power drill. It's a wood-turning lathe. It's an asphalt spreader. It's 67 tools in one!

March 24, 2005, 04:04 PM
The problem is just about any solvent that can melt the super glue will probably melt the plastic too. It's one of the reasons I stick with metal these days and avoid plastic whenever possible. I think the boiling water was probably the best suggestion yet, but I wouldn't go far as to actually boil the grips. Instead I might boil a lot of water and find a way to squirt judicious amounts of boiling water onto the glue every few seconds, while scratching at it with my fingernail.

May 11, 2009, 05:14 PM
acetone and heat are usually effective at removing cyanoacrylate adhesives but if you're worried about damaging the grips i think the boiling idea was the best answer.

May 11, 2009, 05:24 PM
What can i use that wont ruin the grips?I would be very surprised if super-glue remover harmed S&W synthetic grips.
They are either going to be solvent resistant nylon, or some synthetic rubber compound.

S&W handgun grips are made to withstand all kinds of gun cleaning products, and I don't think a little super-glue solvent will hurt them in the least.

Take the grips off and test a spot on the inside of one and see.


Larry Ashcraft
May 11, 2009, 05:28 PM
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