And so I glued my fingers to my steering wheel…

I’ll spare you the long version of how I found myself in this predicament today. The short version goes something like this… 

I was late for work but vanity prevailed and I needed to fix 2 broken fingernails before I went into the building. So, as I parked the car in the the basement I quickly whipped off the lid of the nail glue and squeezed the contents directly onto my one nail bed.  I had the nail tips carefully laid out on top of my lap as remained strapped into the drivers’ seat.  

The 1st nail tip went on relatively easily but instead of waiting, oh say a whole 4 seconds or so for the glue to dry I immediately started applying glue to the 2nd nail tip. It was a maneuver any contortionist would have been proud of.  I struggled to squeeze the glue bottle so I did the logical thing and put the bottle in my mouth and bit down on it until the glue ran out, then I dropped the bottle onto my lap and quickly tried to pick it up which immediately bonded both thumb nails together. There was also so much glue oozing out of the bottle and down the side of my hand that my right hand became attached to my building access cards and lanyard that were lying on my lap – I immediately pulled my hand up only for it to get stuck to my steering wheel.

Let me confirm: skin feels pain as you tear it from limb to limb.

Now, if – just if – I was prepared for such an event I may have tried dissolving the glue with nail polish remover (acetone is glue’s worst enemy!) as opposed to filing down my skin with a blunt nail file. Acetone is almost always guaranteed to undo the damage of stupidity.

However, there are some bodily places where acetone should never be used; and I thought I’d share these tips with you here (courtesy of

Should Super Glue bond to any body part where acetone should not be applied, such as the lips or eyes, the following steps will help you get out of any sticky situation!
  • SkinImmerse bonded areas in warm, soapy water. Peel or roll skin apart; a spatula or teaspoon handle or even a pencil will help. Remove cured adhesive with warm, soapy water (may take several applications). Fingernail polish remover with an acetone base has also been successful for removal of cured adhesive from skin.
  • Lips
    If lips are accidentally stuck together, apply a generous amount of warm water and encourage maximum wetting and pressure from saliva from inside the mouth. Peel or roll (do not pull) lips apart. It is almost impossible to swallow the adhesive as a liquid. The adhesive solidifies upon contact with saliva (moisture) and could adhere to the inside of the mouth. Saliva will lift the adhesive in 1-2 days, avoid swallowing the adhesive after detachment.
  • Eyelid
    In the event that eyelids are stuck together or bonded to the eyeball, wash thoroughly with warm water and apply a gauze patch. The eye will open without further action within 1-4 days. To our knowledge there has never been a documented case of adhesive in the eye causing permanent damage. Do not try to force eyes open.
  • EyeballThe adhesive will attach itself to the eye protein and will disassociate from it over time, usually within several hours. Periods of weeping and double vision may be experienced until clearance is achieved. Use of a warmed 3% sodium bicarbonate solution to wash eyes repeatedly may assist in aiding more rapid removal of the adhesive.




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