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How to remove sticky residue from Optium acrylic

I have been busy prepping work for a show coming up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Two of my skeleton pieces were juried in and I needed to find frames for them for the exhibition.

The frame closest in size to Neverending Love Story was a tiny bit long on one side so I planned to cut a mat to make it work. That meant the spacers on the acrylic needed to be removed which left a sticky residue. Since you can’t use a solvent on Optium acrylic, I needed something else.

Fortunately, my husband had some 99% isopropyl alcohol in amongst a plethora of substances in his workshop (being married to a chemist has its advantages!), which worked, but it required a lot of elbow grease to remove the adhesive, as well as gloves, since the alcohol really dried out my hands. He was going to try adding some acetone to it to make it work a bit faster but then happened to see a little bottle of Goo Gone on the shelf and brought that up from the basement. Voila! It worked a treat!

So, I’m just passing this along for what it’s worth. If you find yourself trying to remove spacer glue residue from Optium acrylic, use Goo Gone. It takes the stuff right off after you let it sit for five or ten minutes and it cleans up with hot water and soap. This was a real life saver for me, since I had to use what was available because there just wasn’t time to order new glass or frames in time to ship my beauties to the show.


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