How to Remove Gorilla Glue from Quartz Countertop

What You Need

  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Terry cloth rags
  • Plastic scraper
  • Eye protection
  • Rubber gloves

Step 1 – Act Quickly

If you’ve just gotten Gorilla Glue on your quartz countertop, act fast! The quicker you can start trying to remove the adhesive, the better. If the glue has dried completely, it will be much harder to remove.

Step 2 – Protect Yourself and the Surrounding Area

Put on gloves and eye protection to keep yourself safe when using acetone. Lay down towels or cloths around the area you’ll be working on to absorb any acetone drips. Remove anything breakable from the countertop.

Step 3 – Apply Acetone

Pour some acetone nail polish remover onto a rag and gently blot the area with Gorilla Glue. Let it sit for a minute or two to give the acetone time to break down the adhesive. Be patient and let the acetone do its work – don’t rub too aggressively.

Step 4 – Gently Scrape

After letting the acetone sit for a couple minutes, take a plastic scraper and gently try to peel/scrape the glue off the countertop. The combination of acetone and light scraping should start to lift and remove the dried glue.

Step 5 – Use Clean Rags and Repeat as Needed

Once you’ve scraped off some of the glue, use a fresh acetone-soaked rag to blot the area again. This will help loosen any remaining residue. Continue using acetone and gently scraping until all traces of the Gorilla Glue are gone. Repeating the process multiple times is key to getting all the glue off.

Step 6 – Clean and Polish

When finished removing the Gorilla Glue, wipe the entire countertop down with a dry rag. Use a quartz countertop cleaner and polisher to restore shine and clean any acetone residue. Avoid wax-based cleaners, as they can create a film.

Tips for Avoiding Gorilla Glue Messes on Quartz

  • Tape down paper or use a glue mat when using Gorilla Glue on projects to avoid drips.
  • Wipe up any Gorilla Glue immediately if dripped on the countertop.
  • Consider using an alternative countertop-safe adhesive for projects on or near your quartz.

Can You Remove Dried Gorilla Glue from Quartz?

Dried Gorilla Glue can be more difficult to remove from quartz but it is possible with the acetone method. Just be prepared for the removal process to take more time, effort, and acetone applications to break down the dried adhesive. Hot soapy water can also help loosen dried Gorilla Glue on quartz when combined with acetone and scraping. Don’t give up!

Will Acetone Damage My Quartz Countertop?

Acetone is generally considered safe for use on engineered stone quartz counters as long as you limit exposure. Quick acetone application to remove Gorilla Glue, followed by thorough cleaning, should not cause damage. Always spot test first and check your countertop manufacturer’s care recommendations.

Prolonged acetone exposure or excessive rubbing could potentially dull quartz, so take care to use it sparingly. If needed, restore shine with a polish made for quartz surfaces. Avoid wax polishes.

What’s the Easiest Way to Remove Gorilla Glue from Quartz?

The most effective and easiest method is using acetone nail polish remover to soften the glue, followed by gentle scraping and repeated blotting with acetone-soaked rags. Taking your time and having patience is key.

Can You Use WD-40 to Remove Gorilla Glue from Quartz?

WD-40 is not recommended for use on quartz countertops. It can leave an oily residue and may stain. Acetone is safer and more effective at breaking down Gorilla Glue to remove it from quartz surfaces.


Removing Gorilla Glue from quartz countertops is very possible with the right method. Using acetone nail polish remover as a solvent, combined with gentle scraping and repeated applications, will safely remove dried and fresh Gorilla Glue without damaging your quartz. Be sure to work quickly if glue is wet, and exercise patience when working on dried adhesive. With some time and effort, you can get your countertop back to its previous pristine, glue-free state.