How To Remove Super Glue From Prescription Glasses

How To Remove Super Glue From Prescription Glasses 1

How To Remove Super Glue From Prescription Glasses

 

It is important to consider several factors before attempting to remove superglue from your lenses, including their material and whether they are coated (such as for UV protection) or not. The following methods will help you remove glue safely from your lenses, so choose one that is safe for your lenses.

Removing the Glue with Water

Using water to soften adhesives, including superglue, is the safest way to remove lenses with a coating. It may take some time, but you should be able to achieve the desired results.

You Will Need:

  • Water

  • Ammonia-free dishwashing liquid

  • A soft cloth

  • Plastic wrap

  • A soft cloth

Steps to Remove the Glue:

  1. Make suds by mixing some ammonia-free dish liquid with water.

  2. You could soak the glasses in water instead, but that would also loosen the glue that you applied to the lenses in the right places. Dip a soft cloth folded together in the soapy water, then press it over the glue.

  3. To prevent moisture from evaporating, wrap the damp cloth in plastic wrap.

  4. It is recommended to let the glue soak for several hours (at least 3 hours).

  5. To remove the softened glue, remove the plastic wrap and wipe it off with a damp cloth.

  6. A cloth moistened with warm water should soften the cloth if the cloth does not soften without warm water. Make sure that you use warm water and not hot water. soaking coated lenses in hot water for a prolonged period of time may cause cracks.

  7. The cloth should be re-soaked with warm water every 15-20 minutes and placed back on the glue each time.

  8. The glue can be softened by repeating this process as many times as necessary.

  9. The toothpaste method below may work if this method does not work. A number of site users have reported that toothpaste was successful in cleaning coated lenses without any problems.

  10. To prevent water marks and to prevent rusting of any metal parts, dry the lenses with a soft cloth when they have been cleaned.

Removing the Glue with Alcohol

For glass and plastic lenses, this method works well. If your lenses have a coating on them, test it along one corner edge first to ensure that it will not damage it.

You Will Need:

  • A soft cloth

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Razor blade

  • Mild soap

  • Water

  • A soft cloth

Steps to Remove the Glue:

  1. Use isopropyl alcohol to moisten a soft cloth.

  2. As the glue is transferred to the cloth, use your elbow grease to rub it off. Rotate the cloth to a new area as you work.

  3. Many users of the site have reported that once the glue has softened a bit, it can be removed easily with either a razor blade or a fingernail. Be careful not to scratch the glasses with the razor blade, as it will almost certainly damage the coating as well, and should not be used on lenses that have coatings.

  4. A mild soap and water solution should be used to clean the area afterward.

  5. To prevent water marks and to prevent rusting of any metal parts, dry the lenses with a soft cloth when they have been cleaned.

Removing the Glue with Acetone

This method is safe for glass lenses only. It should not be used on plastic lenses. If you have a coating on your lenses, do not use this method until you have tested it along one corner edge. This method is the easiest method for removing glue from glass lenses without coatings.

You Will Need:

  • A soft cloth

  • Acetone
    Razor blade

  • Mild soap

  • Water

  • A soft cloth

Steps to Remove the Glue:

  1. Alternatively, you can use acetone nail polish remover, which is available at hardware stores and beauty supply stores. If your lenses have coatings, however, you should not use this product.

  2. Remove the glue by rubbing the cloth over it until it is removed. You may need to apply some elbow grease. Rotate the cloth to a clean area as the glue is removed.

  3. The site users have informed me that once the glue has softened a bit, it can be removed with a razor blade or fingernail carefully. As a result, this method should not be applied to lenses that are coated, as it is likely to damage the coating as well.

  4. A mild soap and water solution should be used to clean the area afterward.

  5. To prevent water marks and to prevent rusting of any metal parts, dry the lenses with a soft cloth when they have been cleaned.

Removing the Glue with Toothpaste

Both plastic and glass lenses can be cleaned with this method. This solution has been used safely on coated lenses without damaging the coating. If your lenses are coated, test this solution first along a corner edge to ensure that it won’t damage the coating.

  • A number of site users have reported that it was effective to remove glue by wetting it with warm water and gently rubbing toothpaste with a cloth. Several people have succeeded with this method, though it may require some patience and elbow grease. Many have used plain white toothpaste, but some have also used gel toothpaste.

Please avoid using toothpastes that contain ‘micro-scrubbers’ (blue balls, etc.) since these can scratch the lenses.

Additional Tips

  • A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser has been reported to be effective in removing the glue by several site users.

  • Paper towels should never be used to clean eyeglasses as they could cause scratches.

  • As soon as you have finished applying the glue to your eyeglass lenses, wrap them in plastic wrap or tape so that you can easily peel the tape off when you have finished removing it from the lenses.

  • In the event that you would like your lenses repaired professionally rather than gluing them, a jewelry store may be able to solder the parts back together for you if the broken part is metal.