Remove super glue from Givi reflectors

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  1. OKC99

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    So I did something dumb to stop what I thought was a leaking reflector panel on my givi top box. The glue turned whitish and is on both the red plastic reflector lense and a little bit of black box material it self. If I apply nail polish remover, will it just remove the glue or will it also start melting/discoloring the red plastic lense and/or black top box material?


    Thanks!
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  2. OKC99

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    Does anyone have any advice on this matter?
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  3. Warney

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  4. azabeemerboy

    azabeemerboy Long timer

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    try nail polish remover.
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  5. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    contain the same stuff the guy before you said might harm the plasic colour. Heat gun instead???
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  6. ronnath

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    looks like the methods of removing it are bit risky. how about taking the redneck route and cover it with touch-up paint?
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  7. svejkovat

    svejkovat Been here awhile

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    Always assumed that cyanoacrylate fogging was permanent but your post got me curious. There are super glue "debonders" out there that are said to remove fogging and glue from surfaces using a cotton ball. One post claimed that WD-40 is pretty effective. I'll have to give it a try next time it's a problem. I once did a superglue repair to the temples of some glasses that had plastic lenses. The glue fogged the lenses and I believed them to be destroyed. Maybe I should have tried some sort of debonder on them.
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  8. Moat

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    I believe reflectors are polystyrene, and nail polish remover (acetone) will turn that to goo. The Givi boxes are probably ABS (styrene-based plastic) and acetone/toluol/MEK/lacquer thinner will probably melt that stuff, too.

    Your best bet would be milder petrol solvents like kerosene, mineral spirits, or better yet WD-40 - which contains some oil that may help lift the glue residue... but any of those milder solvents will only be minimally effective at actually dissolving the glue itself... at least without some considerable elbow grease.

    Another idea would be to just polish it out with polishing compound - I'd bet Simichrome or Mothers would work well. I've had good results polishing out super glue with Simichrome (guitar finish repairs).
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