Fixing a shiny black plastic handle with gorilla-brand superglue,
I made a sloppy mess of it. It leaked out of the joint and over the
Is there a solvent that will not destroy the plastic but will remove
Or must I just reduce the haze with some other solvent or glaze to at
make it bumpy, but as shiny as before? Or at least shinier than it is
Unfortunately, many adhesives are also solvents. What you see is probably
less adhesive than surface damage. (Gorilla Glue is not a super-glue
(cyanoacrylate). It's a polyurethane adhesive, I believe.)
You might try buffing the surface with Novus plastic polish.
I've read that with superglue/CA glue,you only need a drop or two,it's
actually counterproductive to coat the entire joint.
Now,the polyurethane glues(for woodworking)are designed to foam up and
How much work do you want to do?
1. Sand smooth with fine paper
2. Wet sand with a couple of grits up to, say, 600-1000
3. Polish with micro-polishers. Those are usually liquid with very, very
fine aluminum oxide suspended and are usually available at auto supply
stores. You can power polish but lightly and slowly. You can also do it by
hand with a rag, not hard.
Gorilla glue just does that, it takes experience to apply a small enough
amount to prevent it. It's one of the reasons I don't like it that much.
Dried polyurethane is a tough one to remove- I'd simply sand it off then
use finer and finer paper down to 600-100 grit and finally plastic
polish or auto rubbing compound. Paint remover may work but is liely to
I don't think you're seeing solvent damage with that particular glue-
I've found the "overflow" relatively easy to scrape/sand away.
In theory, you're supposed to restrain yourself and apply "a little dab".
This is easier said than done.
Most (not all) plastic adhesives are solvents, and an overflow is likely to
damage what it touches. Two-part adhesives are probably less likely to do
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