I own a glass table with metallic lower part (legs etc). The top glass
plate is attached to the four metal rings with some powerful
transparent glue. Therefore, when you're watching the table you can
actually see these metal rings and the table's lower metal parts
through the top glass plate.
I badly need to remove the top glass plate, but don't know how to
dissolve this glue. Does anyone know which glue is usually used for
this purpose and what can be used to dissolve it?
I tried acetone, but it doesn't have any effect.
Thanks in advace!
Is it possible that what you are describing as glue is actually clear
silicone caulking? Is it pliable? If so, you can probably cut the top
loose with a sharp knife.
If it isn't clear silicone caulking, I don't have any suggestion for you,
other than to try different solvents - start with water and go from there.
Honestly, I don't know if it's clear silicone caulking. I have very
little knowledge when it comes to adhesives. But, it's not pliable.
The top glass plate is firmly attached, and it can't be moved even
with great force.
I would guess the metal would draw most of the heat, little as it
would be with a hair dryer. Tempered glass should not crack under this
heat, unless I'm wrong. The table should be tempered glass?
..through the use of electrical or duct tape, achieve the configuration in the
dining tables are almost never tempered. in years of cutting them up, i've
never encountered one.
the metal is not touching the glass (it has the glue/plastic/whatever in
between), so won't draw out any heat.
tempered glass resists heat better than non-tempered. a hot pot on a
non-tempered glass table will crack it. a hair dryer would easily reach the
temps of a hot pot. the problem is localized heat differentials setting up
stress points in the glass. if you could raise the heat across the complete
sheet at the same time, this wouldn't happen. if the glass was scratched
where you're heating it, it would be even worse, as the scratch will locally
lessen the strength.
It's likely a cyanoacrylate glue (aka "super glue").
Methylene chloride disolves it, but watch out how you use it, it's toxic
Nitromethane works, but is a little less effective as a solvent, though
You might try inverting the table and building modeling clay dams around
the legs, then pour some solvent into the moats and wait for it to work.
Do that OUTSIDE please, for your body's sake.
replying to secretivelad, KP wrote:
I tried water, Goo Gone and, 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and none worked. I
hesitated to use a touch in fear that the glass would crack. My glass is
3/8 inch thick. In a matter of 1 minute and a soldering torch, all four
metal rings were off. Yippee. Thanks for your suggestions.
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