Mishaps Happen—GlitterFlex Removal

GlitterFlex can be used a lot of different ways. It's a fusible product, so sometimes we will fuse it in a spot we didn't intend for it to go, or maybe a scrap got under our iron that we didn't plan on being there.

  

Because we all have mishaps, I wanted to share some tips on how to remove GlitterFlex from your project just in case you accidentally get it in a spot you didn't intend for it to be. You don't have to go out shopping for expensive stuff, just ransack your husband's garage!

WD-40

I went to my husband's garage and I found a can of WD-40. It removes goo from my hoops, maybe it will release GlitterFlex too. I took a little scrap of GlitterFlex and fused it onto some cotton fabric. Then, I sprayed the WD-40 directly onto the little scrap, on the front and back. I got it fairly saturated and let it sit for about 30 minutes. The hardest part was finding the little corner to pull the GlitterFlex off. Once you get it going, just keep pulling. So, WD-40 did work. It's a good way to save your project if you have a fusing mishap.

Goof Off

The next thing I found in my husband's garage was Goof Off. I've never heard of Goof Off, but the instructions stated that it was a heavy duty spot remover and degreaser, so I thought it will get the goo off, right?

Again, I saturated my sample front and back and I loosened a little corner, then pulled. I actually liked this Goof Off better than I did the WD-40. It pulled off a little more easily. This would work in a pinch if you have it available and you want to save a project and that's all you have.

Goo Gone

Next I found a product called Goo Gone. I've heard of Goo Gone; however, I've never used it. I thought, what the heck. It's a painter's pal, the instructions said it was safe and would remove goop. It seemed a little bit slicker, and a little bit more like a gel instead of a liquid. I saturated the front and the back of the fused GlitterFlex, and this worked pretty darn good. I would say this was probably my favorite out of everything I tested.

Silicone Spray

What about my trusty silicone spray? I use it on temperamental projects like sewing sequinned fabrics that tend to gum up a needle. I simply spray the fabric--yes I said I spray the fabric--with silicone spray and my needle sews through those gummy items like butter. It's perfectly safe on fabrics. Anyway, I digress. I grabbed the silicone spray and sprayed the GlitterFlex, just as I did everything else. After it sat for a while, it worked pretty well and I was getting bigger pieces to come off. I was surprised that even the silicone spray, in a pinch, would work to release the GlitterFlex so that I could remove it.

If your husband doesn't have a garage as well stocked as mine, Home Depot or Lowes, or any home improvement store should carry any of these products.

Tips:

Do not spray any cleaners near your machine.

Spray in a well-ventilated area or into a box, just as you would when spraying temporary adhesive.

After removing the stray GlitterFlex, wash your project to make sure all of the spray is gone, dry it, and then go ahead and fuse GlitterFlex where you intended it to be.

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Comments

  • Bonnie Welsh - May 22, 2018

    Joyce—I didn’t notice any oil spots left behind. However, I would test on a small inconspicuous spot first just to be safe.

  • Karel Drehle - May 16, 2018

    That is just awesome news about these products to take GlitterFlex mistakes off…I have used Goof Off & Goo Gone to clean my hoops for a long time, I also have used Williams Lectric Pre-Shave but it’s a little pricey for a 7oz bottle unlike the Goo stuff this doesn’t have to be ventilated…

  • Joyce Paglialunga - May 16, 2018

    Do any of these product leave an oil spot on the fabric?

  • Carol - May 16, 2018

    Fabulous tips! Thanks for sharing

  • Judy Hawkins - May 16, 2018

    Good to Know!!! I would have never thought of these products.

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