super glue

Q. My husband got Super Glue on his glasses. (Don’t ask!) We tried everything to get it off until I read on your Web site about using the insect repellent DEET. I sprayed OFF out of the can on them. One big glob is still soaking in a puddle in a saucer, but most of the Super Glue is gone already.

A. The recommended technique for unsticking fingers or removing Super Glue is acetone, found in some nail polish removers. We were surprised to learn from a reader that OFF insect repellent wipes also work. Thanks for sharing your experience. Many people have insect repellent in the house but don’t always have acetone handy.

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  1. jr

    DO NOT ever use acetone/nail polish remover on plastic lenses. You will end up with trying to find an optometrist that can fit you in yesterday and paying the price$$$$ if you need those glasses to function. I learned that the hard way!

  2. js

    Be very careful using OFF insect repellent on eye glasses, it can damage plastic lenses or anything plastic, I dropped some on a imitation leather couch and it damaged it.

  3. NGH

    Both acetone and DEET will remove or damage some of the coatings that are applied to the lenses of eyeglasses these days. They can also damage the plastic of the lens themselves depending on the plastic used although both are safe for the glass of glass lenses.
    Proceed with caution.

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