by Chris Moore
Adrián González de la Peña / Demand Media
Super Glue is one of the worst things to get in a car paint job because it is one of the most difficult substances to remove. The glue will adhere to the paint and will harden almost immediately. To make matters worse, acetone is usually needed to remove it, which will also remove the paint. It may be possible to remove the glue while avoiding damaging the paint, but you should still be prepared to repaint the area after removing the Super Glue.
Soak the glue stain in warm water with a damp cloth, then apply a mixture of hand cream and dish soap, powder or liquid. This might be the only way you’ll be able to remove the glue without removing the paint, and you may not be able to prevent damage to your paint job just yet.
Apply a Super Glue remover or other acetone-based substance to the stain. Use as little as possible and gently wipe the area with a soft cloth until the glue dissolves. If you do it quickly enough, without letting the acetone soak into the paint for a long time, you can remove the glue and just remove the wax with it.
Repaint the surface of the car if you end up removing paint in the process. Make sure you know the type of paint used on your car; most models use urethane. For best results, sand off all immediate surrounding paint, apply three coats of primer, two coats of paint, and three coats of clear coat.
Wash and dry the entire car, then apply a new coat of wax, especially to the retouched area. Dab some polish on the area and rub it in place with a soft cloth.
- If you need to repaint the car, get your paint code so you can find the exact color shade you need. The code is often printed on a sticker on the inside side of the car door, and someone at the auto paint or supply store will use this code to find the correct color. Primer, paint, and clear coat generally require 15 minutes to 1 hour between their individual coats and then need to set overnight before applying the next substance. See the instructions for each for the exact time periods.
Articles will need
- Soft rags
- Warm water
- Dishes soap
- Acetone-based remover
- Urethane primer
- Urethane paint
- Clear coat protector
- Car polish