How do you remove glue from a car door?

My kids were playing with their school art project in the backseat and it hadn’t finished drying. Now there’s glue all over the inside of the car door. How can I remove this glue?

Sorry to hear about your mess. You can remove glue from a car door by using a household chemical. Pick one of the following only:
  • WD-40
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
  • Nail polish remover (acetone)
Wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated space while trying to get the glue off. Make sure your kids are in a separate room, too.
First, pick a hidden test spot on your door to make sure the chemical doesn’t cause any discoloration. You’re going to want to soak the glue-covered area with the chemical until it’s wet. (You can also soak the area with a wet cloth before applying the chemical.)
Don’t leave the door soaking for long periods of time. The chemical should work to remove the glue quickly.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 15, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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