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How to clean Super Glue off transparent parts?

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  • From: Silverton,Oregon,USA
How to clean Super Glue off transparent parts?
Posted by TheModeler on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:48 PM

Hello,my fellow modelers--

I accidently left a tube of super glue open and some of it dried onto one of my red transparent parts(Rear bumper light for a car),and I don't have any spares so is there any way to clean it off?I do know you can use acetone but there is a huge chance it will damage the styrene plastic in some way.Can I just use soap and water,or are there any other cleaning solutions?

Thanks,TheModeler(Novice Mode{Just for nowWink})

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:35 PM

Maybe super glue de-bonder?

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Posted by TheModeler on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:46 PM

Justinryan215

Maybe super glue de-bonder?

 

Possibly,but I want something that potentially won't harm the plastic.

Thanks,TheModeler(Novice Mode{Just for nowWink})

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:48 PM

That happened to me when I was filling a seam. The glue dried and became harder then the plastic  not even sanding would work .

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Posted by rev_barabbas on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:33 PM

You'll have trouble not affecting the plastic in some way. All realistic ways to remove super glue involve a solvent. Mineral spirits, acetone, goo gone (limonene), or debonder (dimethylformamide) are realistically the only things that can get it off. It's just going to take being careful and going slow, making sure not to get too much sitting on the styrene. 

When you get it off just try to repair it's clearness with a clear gloss coat of future, pledge, whatever you use...it will probably still look a little janky, but it will be better than having a blob of CA on it. 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:36 PM

try freezing it and then picking it off.

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:36 PM

If nothing works, send me a PM with a photo of the part and I'll check my drawer of headlights and tail lights (74 years worth) and see if I have 1 or 2 of them. If I have them, their yours.

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Posted by TheModeler on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:21 PM

fox

If nothing works, send me a PM with a photo of the part and I'll check my drawer of headlights and tail lights (74 years worth) and see if I have 1 or 2 of them. If I have them, their yours.

Jim Captain

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Oh thanks for the opporotunity,but I got it all fixed;I just scraped it off with acetone,washed it immedeately and then coated it with Testors DullCote(EDIT:GlossCote).It didn't look perfect,but it was a lot better than before!

Thanks,TheModeler(Novice Mode{Just for nowWink})

ON THE BENCH(My first ones):

-1:25 AMT/Round2 1969 Yenko Camaro(40% done)

-1:32 AMT/Round2 '63 Corvette Stingray(0% DoneGeeked)

-1:72 Atlantis Models Bell UH-1B Gunship Helicopter(20% done)

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:30 PM

Your welcome. I have loads of parts. 

Jim Captain

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Posted by TheDemiGod on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:42 PM

Honestly? I wouldn't worry about glue ruining red clear parts. Sure take as much glue as you can off. It's not worth the hassle trying to remove all of it because you're still going to have residual glue left behind no matter what.

Instead, do this.... clean it up by sanding the glue off, then paint them using Testors #2724 Stop Light Metallic Red. It looks waaaaaay better than ordinary red clear parts. I promise you, it'll make a huge improvement than ordinary clear red parts. Just don't use Testors #2756 Turn Signal Red Gloss - it doesn't look realistic.

Also... use Testors # 2723 Turn Signal Amber Metallic paint for your side marker lights/turn signal lenses. You'll be glad you invested in thoose two colors.

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