Removing Artificial Nail Glue

Removing Artificial Nail Glue (Super Glue) with Acetone

Acetone is one of the most common household cleaning products used today. It’s commonly known as nail polish remover or nail cleaner. It works well when it comes to removing all types of chemicals from your home. However, acetone doesn’t work so well at removing artificial nail glue (superglue).

In fact, acetone isn’t effective at all. That’s why some people use alcohol instead of acetone. Alcohol is a solvent which means it dissolves other substances in its vicinity. So if you want to remove nail glue with acetone, then you need to first dissolve the nail glue into alcohol before using it as a solvent. Then after that, you can add acetone to the solution and try to get rid of the adhesive again with another layer of alcohol.

How to Remove Super Glue With Acetone?

If you are still not sure how to remove nail glue with acetone, then read on. You will learn how to do it using a special type of nail glue called “Crazy Glue”. Crazy Glue is very strong and durable. It’s the same kind of glue that was used in old-fashioned glue guns. If you have ever tried applying glue gun glues, then you’ll know what I mean.

So if you want to try removing super glue with acetone, then follow these steps:

Prepare the acetone. You can find this in any store that sells alcoholic beverages. Also, you can use rubbing alcohol instead. Rubbing alcohol is also a type of denatured alcohol which makes it ideal for dissolving other substances. Soak a cotton ball in acetone or rubbing alcohol.

Place the cotton ball on top of the superglue that you want to remove. Place another cotton ball on top of it to block out the air. Wait for 10 minutes. Check back on your cotton ball(s). You can now slowly peel off the dry acetone or rubbing alcohol from the super glue and dab off the remains using a paper towel.

Removing Fake Nail Glue with Acetone

Another common use for acetone is to remove fake nails. There are two types of fake nails. One type is temporary and the other is permanent. Both can be removed using acetone.

Temporary fake nails are those that don’t last more than a few days. Most nail polish removers have acetone as one of their ingredients. So all you need to do is to soak your fingers in a small amount of nail polish remover. Normally, five minutes is more than enough time for the glue to dissolve.

Permanent fake nails are glued on with a stronger type of glue. They can last for weeks or months before they need to be removed. So if you have a job that requires you to wear fake nails for an extended period, then acetone is the best option for removing them.

Other than acetone, you can also use alcohol and water as a nail glue solvent. The mixture is commonly known as “dishwashing liquid”. Since the ingredients are cheap and easy to obtain, it’s no wonder why so many people use it.

So if you want to try removing fake nail glue with acetone, then follow these steps:

Prepare the acetone or water-alcohol mixture (dish soap). Place your fingers in the bowl and let it soak for a few minutes. If the acetone doesn’t do anything, then you can leave it on for a little longer. After 30 minutes, check back to see if the fake nail glue has softened. Gently pry off the fake nails using tweezers.

Scrub your fingernails using a nail brush.

Know the Risks of Using Acetone

The risks of using acetone should always be kept in mind. This is especially true if you are going to use it for medical purposes. It can cause a wide range of reactions when used on the skin or ingested. But as long as you don’t exceed the recommended dosage and take the necessary precautions, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms while using acetone:

Skin irritation or burns

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea


Irritation to your respiratory tract

Difficulty breathing

Skin blistering

If you experience an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention right away. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

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