Acetone has been my go-to solution whenever there is a buildup of adhesive on my lace wig units. Dipping a lace wig unit into a container of acetone will dissolve clear and even stubborn white glues in just a couple of seconds. For more aggressive buildup, the unit is placed inside of a container for about a minute or two. It’s an affordable, easy method that will clean up most messes.
Acetone To Remove Lace Wig Glue
How does it work? Acetone works by placing itself in between the chains of the polymers within the adhesives in lace wig glues and tapes. By separating the chains in the adhesives, it is easily wiped away or eventually dissolved in the solution if left to soak. Acetone is made out of a colorless, highly volatile and flammable liquid. It’s an excellent solvent typically used in laboratories – like my lace wig dungeon in my home.
However, I was curious as to how acetone reacts with thin skin units. Remember that the ketones in the acetone break down polymers. Lace wigs units use a delicate fabric that is free of any polymers. You can place the thinnest lace wig net gunked up with glue in a cup of traditional acetone-based nail polish remover, and it won’t damage it. Playing around with thin-skinned has given me feel like it is constructed with some polymer.
Can Acetone Melt Thin Skin?
Thankfully, I placed a piece of excess thin skin in a small container of acetone just to see how it will react. I’m glad I had done this before I used it to dissolve some of the glue buildups that I had on my thin skin unit. I think it’s also important to know that my unit has an ultra thin skin front and a traditional thin skin back. The extra strip of thin skin is actually ultra thin skin. However, the materials used for ultra-thin skin and regular thin skin are very familiar, with ultrathin skin being more fragile. I would imagine that since acetone can do this to a piece of ultra-thin skin, it can have similar effects on the traditional thin skin.
What Acetone Does To Your Thin Skin Units
As you can see, the piece of ultrathin skin has dissolved, warped into itself, and became extremely stretchy after being in there for 1 minute. I’m glad I tested the acetone and what it could do on thin skin units before I used it. I had success dissolving any buildup on my thin skin units by placing any areas that have an accumulation of adhesive in a small container of 91% isopropyl alcohol. It’s not as fast or efficient, but it works without melting the thin skin.
The higher the percentage, the better. Most drugstores will have 70 to 80% isopropyl alcohol. These are largely ineffective and will take a very long time to dissolve any sort of adhesive buildup on your thin skin unit. I purchased mine in bulk on Amazon and eBay. I use about one 32 Fl. Oz – or 1 quart – bottle of 91% isopropyl alcohol per month. It’s affordable, effective at removing most white and clear glues like my favorite thin skin adhesive, Davlyn Black Waterproof Adhesive, without compromising the integrity of the ultra thin skin.