Here are some helpful hints for those who have messed up with their cyanoacrylate and need to unstick their fingers (or other parts of the body) from one another.
Cyanoacrylate does what it's supposed to do. They call CA glue ‘super glue’
for a reason and when you’re doing delicate work like, let's say you're
repairing a pair of thin glasses frames or model making on a super small
scale- then it's all too easy to glue your fingers together. However, as strong
as the chemical bond cyanoacrylate glue makes with human tissues is (and in
fact military surgeons will use super glue to suture if there in a pinch and
there's no other material around) you can still unstick your fingers without
sacrificing your skin.
Here are some helpful hints for those who have messed up with their
cyanoacrylate and need to unstick their fingers (or other parts of the body) from
Using Acetone as a Glue Remover
Acetone is a colorless liquid that's miscible with water (meaning that you can mix it
together with water and it forms a completely homogeneous solution). It's one of
the most important and also the most common solvents, and is used in everything
from paint thinner, as a component in rubber cement (chiefly because it prevents
In fact, in Walmart (if you're in the USA), ASDA (if you're in the United Kingdom)
and other "big box" stores you can buy 100% acetone nail remover in bulk. Having
acetone around the house doesn't only come in handy when you need it to clean
the polish of your fingernails or as an adhesive remover, you can also use it to clean
your tools and even your tires. Just don´t store it near anything hot (furnace etc) as
acetone is also highly flammable.
To use acetone to unstick your fingers, simply apply it directly to the affected area
and rub it in a circular motion. You don't need to use any cotton swabs to do this
and in fact it will be more effective if you simply apply the acetone directly. The
cyanoacrylate glue should start peeling off within seconds.
Of course, this remedy only applies to relatively intact skin on your fingers or
elsewhere. If you´ve had ca glue come into contact with your mucous membranes
(eyes, nose, mouth, ears etc...) or near an open wound it's not a complete health
disaster, but you do want to get yourself to the ER as soon as possible.
Using a glue solvent such as a cyanoacrylate glue
remover or “debonder” is another choice. Simply apply
the debonder to the dried glue, and slowly rub your
Using a Nail File, Hot Water, and Soap
A nail file can also work when it comes to unsticking
your digits. If the bond holding your fingers together is
espècially stubborn, you can try using some hot, soapy
water to the mix. A pumice stone (another common
cosmetics item) can also do the trick. Or, if you´re a
dude and you don't have any beauty products on hand
you can try using some sandpaper.
At any rate, after you've sanded yourself free you will
want to get some high quality skin cream to keep the skin moisturized. Any excess
cyanoacrylate will be broken down and expelled from the body naturally. And
again, if you´ve gotten the super glue in or near your mouth, eyes, or another
particularly sensitive area then you´re going to want to head top the emergency