A fix for glue-tinted glasses

How to remove super glue from glasses: 4 trusted techniques

Made a mess while gluing your glasses? You’ll want to know how to remove super glue from glasses as quickly as possible. Our guide has everything you need to know about getting rid of glue easily.

How to get super glue off glasses without acetone: Step by step

Acetone is a very effective solution for super glue removal, but avoid using it on your glasses unless you’re sure that it’s compatible. As acetone can damage lens coatings and even the finish of the frame, you’ll want to know how to get super glue off glasses without acetone, using a gentler method.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Mix warm water with dish soap. The water should be warm, not hot – exposure to hot water might cause some lenses to crack. Use approximately half a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of soap. Mix until the soap dissolves.
  2. Soak a clean microfibre cloth in the soapy water. 
  3. Gently press the cloth against the glue stain. Leave it to soak until the glue softens. If it’s a particularly large or stubborn stain, you may have to wait for longer, or soak the cloth in water again before re-applying.
  4. Wipe away the glue. After gently wiping a few times, the glue should be gone.

Next time, avoid spills and mess by using a super glue with a more precise applicator like Loctite Super Glue Liquid Precision. However, keep in mind that it’s not suitable for glass. To make repairs to glass surfaces, you’ll need a specially adapted adhesive such as Loctite Super Glue Glass.

How to remove super glue from glasses: Alternative methods

The dish soap and water method outlined above is the gentlest, and the one we recommend trying first. But if it doesn’t work, and you’re still wondering how to remove super glue from your glasses, try one of these techniques instead:

  • Toothpaste. Dampen the glue stain with warm water, then gently rub toothpaste over the stain with a cloth.
  • Acetone. Use a cloth moistened with pure acetone (or nail polish remover containing acetone). Only use this method if your glasses have glass lenses – not plastic – and you’re sure that it won’t damage the glasses.
  • Loctite Glue Remover. Wipe the glue stain with a tissue dipped in Loctite Glue Remover, a handy product that can be used on a range of materials. It’s safe to use on skin too.