Asked on Apr 05, 2018

How can l remove dried nail glue from my new wood table top?



  12 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 05, 2018

    try a dab of oil to losen the polish enough to be able to gently remove with a rubber scraper

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 05, 2018

    Insurance Claim? Furniture Restorer? Could try may be the nail glue remover? Anything you do may well leave its' mark on the table! You may have to re-stain and or varnish the area. Did you buy the table with a Credit Card - it may be covered ! Hope you have success.........

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Apr 05, 2018

    This is the link to a site about removing the glue. As I thought it's is acetone(nail polish remover). You have to be extremely careful not to get it on the wood since it will ruin the finish.

    Treat it as major surgery. Mask off the area to sides of spill with masking tape or painters tape as close as possible to glue even if it overlaps just a hair. Then follow the directions given.

  • Charlee Hunter Charlee Hunter on Apr 05, 2018

    Oh boy, nail glue is tough. Nail polish remover might take it off, but it will also take off the finish of your table : ( They do make glue removers,but I dont now what those would do to the finish

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 05, 2018

    I think I would scrape it off cause you will usually only scrape the top coat off which you can match the finish easy. Whereas if you use acetone it will mess up the finish and stain.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Apr 05, 2018

    I would try heating it with a blow dryer or heat gun on low and carefully scrape off with a rubber spatula.

  • Carol Marszalek Carol Marszalek on Apr 05, 2018

    use a very fine nail buffer. After masking off the spot, then lightly buff. Afterward use mayonnaise to restore the shine.

  • Sydney Sydney on Nov 17, 2018

    Goo gone will work with it just leave it on for 5 min then scrape off

  • Rita Rita on Jul 31, 2021

    I tried to apply nail glue but it didn't work for me :(😶😟

    • 17335038 17335038 on Aug 17, 2021

      Rita, do you mean to say that you tried nail polish remover, but it did not remove the glue?

  • 17335038 17335038 on Aug 17, 2021

    If the nail glue is strong like crazyglue, goo gone will not remove it.

    You may need to try to sand it off, but it most likely will leave a damaged mark on the table. Can you put something over the spot where the glue is, such as an attractive doily, or small dish?

  • Amir Hyman Amir Hyman on Jan 03, 2023

    Here are a few steps you can try to remove dried nail glue from a wood table top:

    1. Gently scrape off as much of the dried glue as possible using a dull knife or spatula. Be careful not to scratch the surface of the wood.
    2. Dampen a cloth with warm water and gently rub the area where the glue was. This may help to loosen the glue.
    3. If the glue is still not coming off, you can try using a commercial solvent specifically designed for removing adhesives. Follow the instructions on the product and be sure to use it in a well-ventilated area.
    4. If the solvent does not work, you may need to sand the area to remove the remaining glue. Use fine-grit sandpaper and sand gently to avoid damaging the wood.
    5. Once the glue has been removed, wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any residue, then allow the wood to dry completely.

    Remember to be gentle and use caution when trying to remove dried glue from wood, as the wood can easily be damaged.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2023

    Step 1: Use Acetone Safely

    Work in a well-ventilated area whenever you're using acetone and keep it well away from any heat sources as it's very flammable.

    Step 2: Dampen a Cotton Ball or Swab With Acetone or Nail Polish Remover

    Make sure not to drench your cotton ball or swab in acetone or nail polish remover, as you only want a small amount to avoid wiping spots without glue on your table.

    Step 3: Carefully Swipe the Glue

    Because acetone can discolor finished wood, you'll want to make sure to go slowly and only wipe the cotton ball or swab on the spot with glue. Once your cotton ball or swab feels dry, toss it out and grab a new one. Dampen it with the acetone or nail polish remover and continue dabbing at the glue until it becomes loose. You may need to repeat this step multiple times.

    Step 4: Gently Remove the Glue

    Once you've loosened the glue enough with acetone, gently scrape it off the table's surface using a plastic putty knife or an old plastic card. Make sure to take your time to avoid removing your table's finishing. If the glue is difficult to remove, repeat step 2.