Both the young and old like to assemble models. Popular choices for model building including model cars, model airplanes, model boats, model motorcycles, model trains and the list just goes on and on. Many of the models are made from plastic and the pieces fit together which are then glued. Models are available as highly detailed replicas of the original vehicle or structure. Many models have actual tiny engine pieces or miniature axle assemblies that require glue to hold them in place.

Model building has been a popular hobby for a very long time and continues to thrive. Model builders have entire stores and trade shows dedicated to their wildly popular hobby. If you have a model enthusiast in your house or maybe you are the model builder, you have more than likely gotten Model-Glue on your clothing, tablecloth or other textiles in the home. It seems to come with the model building territory. You may not have to throw away the item of clothing or use the shirt or pants for model building only, you can remove the Model-Glue from it with a bit of work, effort and the right cleaning products.

Removing Model-Glue


Blot the Model-Glue with a lint free rag if the glue is still wet to remove as much of the wet glue as possible.

Apply cold cream, olive oil or vegetable oil to the Model-Glue stain and rub it into it.

Work the cold cream, olive oil or vegetable oil from just past the perimeter of the glue stain toward the glue.

Apply vegetable oil, olive oil or cold cream to the back of the stain also and work it into it.

Continue to work the oil or cream into the Model-Glue stain for 5 to 10 minutes. Vegetable oil or cold cream will coat the fibers of the material and sink into them, making it impossible for the glue to adhere.

Blot up the excess cold cream or vegetable oil with a clean rag or paper towel.

Apply a generous amount of cornstarch to the oily residue. Make sure you apply cornstarch to both sides of it. Allow the cornstarch to soak in the oils. Brush the cornstarch off of it with your hand or a soft brush.

If the Adhesive Stain Remains

Apply acetone to any remaining spots of glue that were not released with the cold cream or vegetable oil treatment. Acetone is the active ingredient in nail polish remover. Apply the acetone drop by drop from a glass eye dropper onto the Model-Glue.

Allow the acetone to sit on it for 5 to 10 minutes.

Do not use acetone on fabrics made from acetate. The acetone will melt the fiber and destroy the clothing.

Do not use acetone near an open flame or while smoking as it is highly flammable.

Wet the stain with plain, cool water.

Apply grease fighting dish washing detergent to the area and work into it from both sides with your fingers, a damp rag or a soft bristle brush.

Let the dish washing soap sit on it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the clothing in the washng machine set a the highest temperature safe for it and add laundry detergent.


If the Model-Glue has been dried in a clothes dryer or ironed it will be much more difficult to remove the glue stain from it.

The heat from and iron or clothes dryer can permanently set a stain into it.

Wear old clothes when building models, no matter how careful you are accidental spills, drips and blobs do happen.