How To Remove Dried Glue From Wood

How to Remove Dried Glue from Wood


Removing dried glue on wood could be hard but you need to do this to be able to perfect your project. If you don’t remove dried glue, the area will become impervious to paint and varnish.

Primer paint and top coat paint won’t penetrate the area, therefore, your project will look haphazard and messy. Not removing glue will also prevent varnish or stain from sticking to the wood.

There are many ways to remove dried, stubborn glue and these techniques will be featured by this guide.

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As much as you want to remove glue quickly, we tend to overlook these messes until the final stages of the task. Then, it has become very hard and so very hard to remove.

Follow these steps and it’s a guarantee that you rood will be free from dried wood.

Things you will need

  • Alcohol
  • Acetone or nail polish
  • Dish soap and warm water
  • Cooking oil
  • Baby oil, butter, or mayonnaise
  • Baking soda
  • WD-40
  • Vaseline
  • Commercial residue remover
  • Hair dryer
  • Butter knife or putty knife
  • Soft cloth
  • Paper towel


Method #1

Scrape any wood residue using a dull tool like a blade, butter knife or a putty knife. Hold the blade of the knife flat against the surface and slide it in to completely remove the residue. Work slowly but diligently to prevent scratching your furniture, wall or flooring.

Scrape Any Wood Residue Using A Dull Tool Like A Blade


Method #2

Rubbing alcohol can remove dried glue. Soak a cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub this at the dried glue. Use only a clean and soft cloth to avoid damaging the area you want to treat.

Aside from rubbing alcohol, you may also remove dried glue by using acetone or nail polish remover, however; you need to be very careful. These materials can remove dried glue effortlessly.

Rubbing Alcohol Can Remove Dried Glue


Method #3

Use dish soap and warm water to remove the glue. This is a good idea especially when the glue has become dirty and grimy. Use a soft cloth to apply soapy water on the dried glue. Scrub the area clean until the glue starts to come out.

Dry the surface with a cloth and rub the area with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb water. Once the dried glue has softened, you can easily remove it with a scraper or a chisel.

Use Dish Soap And Warm Water To Remove The Glue


Method #4

Use oil to remove the dried glue. Dab a paper towel with cooking oil and rub or scrape the residue to remove it. Aside from cooking oil, you can also use baby oil, mayonnaise or butter; anything that slides and slips.

Use Oil To Remove The Dried Glue


Method #5

Use WD-40 on areas with a lot of residues. Although WD-40 works great on metal, it can also be used to work with wood. Dampen a terry cloth with WD-40 and treat smaller areas with residue.

Let the WD-40 remain on the area for a minute and then wash it away with soap and water. Read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the product.

If you don’t have any WD-40 then you may use Vaseline or car wax as an alternative.

Use Wd 40 On Areas With A Lot Of Residues


Method #6

Use coconut oil and baking soda; mix the two ingredients to form a soft paste. Apply the paste on the residue and let it stay for at least 30 minutes. Brush the paste on the area and spread it across the dried glue.

Wash off the paste with warm water. Dampen a clean piece of cloth and try to remove the glue. The remaining dried glue will surely be easy to remove after these steps.

Use Coconut Oil And Baking Soda


Method #7

Another way to remove old glue is to remove the residue with a hairdryer. Heat can soften the glue so that it will be very easy to remove. Power on the hairdryer and place it near the dried old glue to soften it.

Once the old glue is out, you can now use a knife to remove it. You may also use a scraper or a chisel to remove the glue.

Remove The Residue With A Hairdryer



To remove dried glue you must be persistent. Dried glue most likely is not just on top of the piece but also seated deep into the grain of the wood. But no matter what, you must remove dried glue because this can affect the way you apply paint or stain on your wooden project.