What makes Gorilla Glue so popular is that it forms a powerful, long-lasting bond that does not easily go away. Unfortunately, if you happen to get some Gorilla Glue on your skin, that same bond will last for a long time unless you find ways of getting rid of it. Depending on the amount that gets on your skin, removal can take some time.
The first step is not to panic. The last thing you want to do is start pulling at the glue which only tears the skin and creates even more issues. Instead, you should keep calm and understand that even Gorilla Glue can be dissolved away from the skin with a little work.
What follows are three easy ways to get Gorilla Glue off your skin while doing little to no damage to the skin itself.
Wipe Up & Use Soap
When the glue is still wet, wipe up as much as possible from your skin. This will get most of it away from your skin. Then, wash the area affected with soap and water. The soap will help break up the small amount of residue that is left.
This method is best suited for small amounts of glue that you notice right away has come into contact with your skin. Having a wipe or wet rag nearby will help remove much of the glue before you can get to a sink and wash properly with soap.
This is probably the most common chemical used to remove glue. Acetone can be found in nail polish remover, but you can purchase a bottle cheaply from local and online retail stores. Simply apply the acetone to the area of the skin where the glue is present and wait a few minutes. The acetone will start to dissolve the glue right away.
Once the acetone has worked, wash away the residue with cold water and soap. This will ensure that no glue remains on the skin.
There are times in which getting the remaining residue off the skin can be troublesome, especially after you have used soap and water. In such cases, you will need to exfoliate or remove the top layer of the skin to get rid of the residue.
A mixture of sea salt and coconut oil can be applied to the skin where the residue remains. Wipe away the mixture and that will exfoliate the skin. As the top layer of the skin is dead, your should only feel a little irritation during the exfoliating process.
If the acetone does not work, then you may need some medical assistance to get rid of the glue. Such things happen in rare cases as for the most part acetone and even soap and water will remove the Gorilla Glue from the skin.
Keep in mind that you should be careful anytime you use Gorilla Glue. Taking precautions such as wearing latex gloves for example may keep the glue from reaching your skin. Otherwise, it is advisable to have some acetone nearby to dissolve the glue quickly.
Walt moonlights as a handyman after getting off his busy job as a commodities trader. He enjoys writing about all things related to DIY, home improvement, etc.