Removing Gorilla Glue From Skin

by Robin Thede; Updated September 26, 2017

Removing Wet Glue From Skin

Rub the affected area briskly with a dry paper towel or cloth to remove wet glue as soon as it comes into contact with your skin. If this has no effect, wash the area with soap and water. A slightly abrasive soap or exfoliant with gritty particles can help remove the glue. Apply lotion to your skin to help renew moisture after scrubbing, and to remove any leftover traces of glue.

Removing Dry Glue From Skin

Use an exfoliant (a soap or scrub with a gritty texture) to slough away hardened glue on skin. Apply lotion liberally and often. You can also try applying 1 tbsp. of vegetable or baby oil (or any household oil) to the area to break down the glue's bond. If this doesn't work, simply wait. Your skin's natural oils will eventually help loosen the glue's seal to your epidermis. This may take a couple of days. Using acetone or paint thinner on your skin can irritate the area and strip it of the natural oils it needs to loosen the glue's grip, so these products are not recommended. Also, be careful not to break the skin while you are scrubbing the area, as this can lead to further damage, irritation or possible infection.

Removing Wet Glue From Eyes and Mouth

Flush your eyes with lukewarm water for 15 minutes immediately after coming into contact with Gorilla Glue. Contact a doctor immediately, as irritation can occur very quickly. If glues has been swallowed, call the nearest poison-control center right away, as this product can be very harmful to internal organs. Gorilla Glue is made of polyurethane, which will foam and expand upon contact with moisture. When ingested, this product can cause gastrointestinal blockages due to this dynamic chemical response. Keep animals away from this product, as pets can be affected severely as well, and are often attracted to the smell of Gorilla Glue.

Avoid Contact

Wear latex gloves when using Gorilla Glue to prevent any contact with skin, eyes, mouth or pets. Always store Gorilla Glue in a cool, dry, high place away from pets or children. Be aware that Gorilla Glue bonds instantly and permanently to most fabrics, so it is often not possible to remove it from clothing, gloves or towels.

Contact the Manufacturer

Get more information from Gorilla Glue by calling (800) 966-3458 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. Call the Prosar International Poison Center at (800) 420-7186 for all other cases.

About the Author

Robin Thede is a journalist, entertainment reporter, comedy writer, TV and radio personality with over 15 years experience contributing to national news affiliates, E! News, Sirius Radio and more. She is a Hearst Journalism Scholarship recipient and NABJ McClain Scholar. Thede holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University.