What Makes You So “Super”, Super Glue?

The question we’ve always wondered, but no one has dared to asked. Today, we’ve decided to go for it. Super Glue- what is it exactly, and what makes you so “super”? How does it compare to, well, non-super glue or standard school glue. Ready for the debate? Here we go!

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Super glue is an essential household item. One of our Shoplet colleagues last used super glue to hold the sole of a boot that seemed to coming off when walking. Needless to say, the boot was temporarily fixed after going through a few tubes of these guys. So what makes super glue different from Elmer’s Glue or a cheap glue stick?

Here’s what research tells us: “Super glues are made up of cyanoacrylate. Cyanoacrylate is an acrylic resin which rapidly polymerises in the presence of water (specifically hydroxide ions), forming long, strong chains, joining the bonded surfaces together. Since there’s moisture always available on your skin, it makes it an easy target for ‘sticking” to it and sticking them together.”


“White glues, such as Elmer’s, bond by solvent evaporation. The solvent in Elmer’s all-purpose school glue is water. When the water evaporates, the polyvinylacetate latex that has spread into a material’s crevices forms a flexible bond. Super glue, on the other hand, undergoes a process called anionic polymerization. The chemical process of polymerization produces a certain amount of heat. If a large enough amount of super glue makes contact with your skin, it can actually cause burns.”

Well, that certainly wraps things up!

Now that we know the difference let’s get to the most important most commonly asked question out there. How do we get super glue off of our skin? (You’re welcome.)

1. Nail Polish Remover
2. Mayonnaise
3. Let it dry, wait a few days, bite the glue off with your teeth and spit it in the garbage. [Gross]
4. Sand it off with an emery board
5.Immediately soak your hand into a mixture of warm water, soap, and vinegar. Hot water may be more helpful, but it can cause burns if too hot.
6. Wash it with gasoline? [Also Gross]

Do you have any tips and tricks for getting super glue off of skin?

  • How cool are these, something tells me i’m not going to get much done in my office tomorrow :-)

  • skin I usually use Gasoline

  • When I am removing super glue unto my
    skin I usually use Gasoline.
    I have never tried using the mayonnaise.. Good you have stated it.. Now that is a new tip for me..