Removing Superglue from Porcelain
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 21, 2020)
If there is one drawback to superglue, then it has got to be how difficult it can be to remove once it get's onto something. While it can be a little difficult to remove superglue from some materials, perhaps one of the easiest to remove it from is porcelain. Surprisingly, there are several methods available for removing superglue from porcelain. All you really need to do is use a little bit of caution, and any one of these methods will work quite easily.
- Nail polish remover. Probably one of the best methods for removing superglue from porcelain is by simply applying a little bit of nail polish remover to the stain. Be sure that you are using unscented and uncolored nail polish remover to prevent any new stains from forming. In addition, while it is possible to use non-acetone nail polish remover to get rid of superglue the brands that have acetone in it simply work better at this task. After dabbing a little bit of the nail polish remover onto the stain, let it sit for a little while. Before the superglue and nail polish remover can dry out, begin wiping it up with a damp rag. Repeat as necessary until the stain has been removed.
- Specialized products. There are specialized commercial cleaners available at your local hardware, home improvement, and department stores that you can use to remove superglue from porcelain. However there is a slight draw back to using one of these cleaners, and that is the cost. If you do intend to use one of these cleaners, be sure that you carefully read and understand the directions before you use it, and that you test the product in an inconspicuous location first.
- Acetone. If you have found that simply using a little bit of nail polish remover doesn't work like you want it to, then you may want to try something that has a higher concentration of acetone in it. However, you will want to be particularly careful when you are doing this, since the acetone could potentially cause discoloration, or other problems in your porcelain. Be sure that you test it out on an inconspicuous location before you actually begin to use it on the stain. Apply and clean in the same manner that you would with nail polish remover.
- Scrape it off. Perhaps one of the most effective, though potentially damaging, methods for removing superglue from porcelain is by scraping it off with a paint scraper. While this method is extremely effective, if you are not careful you can accidentally gouge or damage the porcelain. If you do find yourself using this method, be sure that you are holding the scraper at a shallow angle, and that you are not digging into the porcelain. Periodically, as you are scraping away the superglue, wipe the area down with a damp rag to help make the clean up job a little easier.