Goo Gone Vs. Acetone: any difference?

Goo Gone is a gel formulated to remove adhesives while acetone is a harsh solvent used to dissolve substances like nail polish and plastics. Proper handling and PPE should be used with both.

Goo Gone Vs. Acetone

Goo Gone Vs. Acetone: Specs & Uses


Goo Gone: Citrus

Acetone: Sharp, pungent

🆚Specific Hazards

Goo Gone: Pressurized container may explode if heated. May be fatal if swallowed. May cause allergic skin reaction.

Acetone: Highly volatile, vapors may cause drowsiness and irritation. Prolonged exposure can dry skin and cause irritation.

🛠️Common Uses

Goo Gone can be used to clean dinnerware, tables, clothing, and household surfaces such as grills and ovens; remove the most rigid adhesives and stains of ink and soot; remove tough messes from cars and other vehicles, such as gum, bumper stickers, spray paint, tree sap.

Acetone removes marker ink on surfaces like books or other materials; Whether you have leftover glue from artificial nails (see my article here Nail Glue vs Super Glue) or adhesive residue from nail art, applying acetone will help you get rid of the sticky residue easily

Technical Info

Goo GoneAcetone
CompositionPetroleum distillates, d-limonene, orange extractPure acetone
FlammabilityExtremely flammable aerosolExtremely flammable liquid and vapor
PPE RecommendedNone under normal use. For prolonged use, wear gloves.Gloves, safety glasses
StorageStore away from heat, sparks, open flames. Do not expose to temps exceeding 50°C.Store in cool, well ventilated area away from heat and ignition sources.

My Hands-on Test of Pronto 100% Pure Acetone

Although most Acetone products on the market are known to be designed for removing nail polish, I must point it out that except for that function, it works fantastically as a residue remover. Way better than Goo Gone.

✅Pros: Acetone

I recently lost one of the keys to my Hyundai and decided to cut a replacement key myself to save money.

After carefully cutting the new key according to my existing key, I used some super glue. In my haste, I accidentally dripped some of the superglue onto the table I was working on. I tried scraping it off but the super glue wouldn’t budge.

Acetone removes superglue residue like a charm

I remembered I had some acetone nail polish remover under my bathroom sink. I got the acetone and a paper towel and put a small amount onto the towel. I gently rubbed the area of the table with the super glue residue. After a few seconds of rubbing, the super glue softened and I was able to wipe it away cleanly from the table’s surface.

Takes Away Nail Polish

I must say that it excels in taking away even the most stubborn nail polish. I have used it for years, and it never disappoints. Whether it’s regular polish or gel, this remover effortlessly removes it without leaving a trace. It’s like magic—just one step and the polish is off your nails.

Acetone Explained


It is not only great for removing nail polish but also works well in removing other residues. It’s a reliable all-in-one solution for all your manicure and polish removal needs.

In terms of application, I found that using a bowl with the remover and soaking the nails for about 15 minutes worked best for me. It usually takes a few dips to completely remove all the polish, but the process is relatively quick and hassle-free.

❌Cons: Acetone

While the odor of this nail polish remover is not overpowering, it still has a noticeable scent. If you are particularly sensitive to strong smells, you may find it slightly bothersome. However, it’s worth noting that the odor is not harsh compared to some other removers on the market.

Pronto 100% Pure Acetone
anhydrous acetone

Anhydrous Acetone refers to a product that contains no water, so there is no water content in the Acetone. It is known as a “dry” solvent.

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FAQ of Pronto 100% Pure Acetone

Q: Will Acetone effectively remove acrylic nails?

A: Unfortunately, it did not work for me. I have tried buffing and soaking my gel-x nails, but it did not remove the acrylic. I plan to attempt a different method using heat next time.

Q: Is Acetone suitable for removing dip powder?

A: Absolutely! It completely removed my dip powder without any issues.

Q: What is the recommended method for removing dip powder with Acetone?

A: I found success by pouring some of the product into a small ceramic dish and soaking my nails for 15 minutes. The dip powder mostly dissolved during this process.

Q: Does Acetone work for removing poly gel?

A: Yes, it works wonders! Simply apply it to a cotton ball, wrap it around the nails, and leave it for approximately 10 minutes. The poly gel will come off easily.

Q: I’m searching for anhydrous acetone. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Yes, it’s here.anhydrous acetone

Q: Can Acetone remove gel polish that is cured using a UV LED light?

A: Yes, it can definitely remove gel polish. Salons often use acetone to remove gel polish. However, keep in mind that gel polish is generally more challenging to remove compared to regular nail polish. Personally, I prefer using regular nail polish.

Q: Is Acetone suitable as a slip solution for shaping polynail gels?

A: I would not recommend using Acetone as a slip solution for shaping polynail gels.

Q: Can Acetone be used to clean bearings?

A: It’s possible. I believe it can be used for that purpose.

Q: Will Acetone remove the nail glue left underneath after removing nail polish?

A: Yes, it will definitely remove nail glue as well.

Q: What happens when you smell Acetone?

A: Personally, I don’t sniff it, but I can assure you that it doesn’t have an unpleasant odor.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how strong is the smell of Acetone?

A: I would rate the smell at a 9 or 10 out of 10. It is quite strong.

Q: Will Acetone effectively remove super glue?

A: Yes, it will effectively remove super glue.

Q: The description mentions “Formulated,” so does Acetone contain additives or is it truly pure acetone?

A: I currently have theproduct in front of me, and the front of the bottle clearly states “100% Acetone,” while the back lists “Pure Acetone” as the only ingredient. Based on my experience using it, I believe it is indeed pure acetone. It worked well for me, quickly removing multiple layers of coating.

Q: Can I use Acetone to remove Gorilla Glue?

A: I would suggest trying Goo Gone first for removing Gorilla Glue. Acetone can be harsh on certain finishes, so it’s not recommended for use on countertops or tables. However, I’ve had success with Goo Gone, and you can start with a small bottle for testing purposes. Follow the instructions on goo gone uses and let it soak for a bit before attempting to remove the glue.

Q: What is the recommended method for removing dip powder with Acetone?

A: For dip powder removal, soak a cotton ball in the product and place it on your nail. Then tightly wrap your nail with aluminum foil for 10-15 minutes. This method has worked well for me, and I use it regularly.

My Hands-on Test of Goo Gone Adhesive Remover

Goo Gone adhesive remover
I purchased a bottle of Goo Gone for testing, hoping to find a solution to remove stubborn adhesive residues in my workshop. As I was apprehensive about the product’s effectiveness, I read some online reviews to gather more information. One reviewer mentioned how Goo Gone worked wonders on removing stickers from Harbor Freight storage boxes, which have notoriously sticky labels.


I decided to give it a try on a similar problem I was facing. To my surprise, it worked like a charm, and within seconds, the sticker came off almost completely. A little wipe with a paper towel was all it took to make it seem like it was never there. I will definitely buy Goo Gone again based on this experience.

Goo Gone Explained

Stubborn Stickers On Windows

I also tried Goo Gone on some stubborn stickers on my window, which I had been unsuccessfully trying to scrape away for years. I was skeptical, but I applied the product and let it sit for a few minutes as directed. To my amazement, the residue came off in seconds! I couldn’t believe how easy it was compared to all the trial and error I had gone through before. I would rate this experience 10/10.

Using Goo Gone to remove the stickers that have been stuck to my window

Lesson learned: With GooGone, sometimes it needs to soak into what you’re removing, especially since it’s been on the window for so long

During the next experiment, I found Goo Gone to be effective when I tried to remove the double-sided tape from my car where the rain guard molding got loose and failed. I applied some Goo Gone with a cloth and waited a couple of minutes before scraping the tape off easily with a plastic scraper. I cleaned it all off with warm soapy water, and all was well.


However, there were times when Goo Gone didn’t work as well as I expected it to. I tried soaking a surface for 30+ minutes to remove some packing tape residue and really only succeeded in making the adhesive wet again. It became jelly and still stuck to everything. I spent an additional 40 minutes using a scraping tool to remove the adhesive that refused to come off with a hot wet towel. So, I’d say the more accurate description of Goo Gone is that it helps make the chore of manually removing tough adhesives from surfaces “slightly easier” than if you tried to do it without.

Goo Gone adhesive remover

💬 FAQ of Goo Gone Adhesive Remover

Q: Is it possible to use Goo Gone Adhesive Remover on car paint?

A: If you want to remove sticker residue from a painted area of your car, it is possible but it may affect the paint. To be on the safe side, test it on a hidden area first, such as inside the trunk lid. If it affects the paint, it will be hidden and not visible.

Q: Can Goo Gone be used to eliminate sticker residue on book dust jackets?

A: Although I have not personally used this product on book jackets, I am confident that it will work. Keep in mind that this is an oily product, so have plenty of paper towels on hand to remove the excess oil.

Q: Is it safe to use Goo Gone Adhesive Remover on a monitor?

A: It is not recommended to use this product on monitors.

Q: Would Goo Gone Adhesive Remover be safe to use on painted walls?

A: Yes, it is safe to use this product on painted walls to remove adhesive. Be sure to clean the residue off with mild dish detergent and warm water after use.

Q: Can Goo Gone be used on brass?

A: If there is no lacquer finish on the brass surface, then Goo Gone Adhesive Remover can be used. However, if there is a lacquer finish, it is not recommended to use Goo Gone as it may damage the surface.

Q: I was searching for an adhesive remover to remove bandage residue from my skin. Is Goo Gone safe for that?

A: It is not recommended to use Goo Gone on the skin. 

Q: I recently removed rubber/plastic coverings from my staircase and now I have dried glue residue. Can Goo Gone remove it?

A: It is highly likely that Goo Gone can remove the dried glue residue from your staircase. I used it myself to remove sticky glue residue from my floors and it worked very well.

Q: Can Goo Gone be used on stainless steel? I have an LG fridge that has a 10-year warranty sticker that seems to be glued on with superglue.

A: I did a test on it, click to see my test of goo gone stainless steel. All in all, Goo Gone can safely be used on true stainless steel as long as you wash it off with soap and water afterward. True stainless steel is non-magnetic.

Q: Is Goo Gone effective in removing adhesive from a stainless steel refrigerator?

A: Goo Gone can effectively remove adhesive from a true stainless steel surface. However, it is not recommended to use it on faux stainless steel.

Q: Can Goo Gone be used to remove a metal mounting plate that was stuck on with adhesive from an iPhone?

A: It is strongly advised not to use Goo Gone on any cell phone as the solvent-based product may damage the plastic surface and leave a dull spot.

Q: Can goo gone be used on hardwood floors?

A: Sure, we’ve answered that question in the goo gone hardwood floor part.

Q: Will Goo Gone remove tape residue from a leather couch?

A: Goo Gone is not recommended for use on leather surfaces.

Q: Is Goo Gone safe for use on vinyl and plastic car interiors?

A: Yes, Goo Gone is safe to use on vinyl and plastic car interiors. I have used it myself to remove old glue and adhesive from the decals on my golf cart without any discoloration or damage to the surface.

Q: Can Goo Gone remove super glue from countertops?

A: Yes, Goo Gone can remove super glue from countertops. However, it may require some elbow grease and circular rotation to effectively remove the glue residue.

Q: Can Goo Gone be used to remove liquid optically clear adhesive?

A: Yes, Goo Gone can be used to remove this type of adhesive depending on the surface. After using the product, the surface will need to be cleaned with warm soapy water.

Q: Can Goo Gone be used on wrestling mats with sticky duct tape residue?

A: It is not recommended to use Goo Gone on this type of mat if it contains any rubber.

Q: Has anyone tried using Goo Gone on t-shirts or techy materials like cycling jerseys?

A: It is possible to use Goo Gone on these materials to remove residue, but the material will need to be laundered afterward to remove any excess oil.

Q: Can Goo Gone be used on bamboo floors?

A: Although I have not used Goo Gone on bamboo floors, it is safe to use on hardwood floors. It is recommended to contact the manufacturer of your bamboo floors to ensure their compatibility with Goo Gone.

Q: Is Goo Gone safe to use on Plexiglass to remove scotch tape residue?

A: Based on my personal experience, Goo Gone did not damage the Plexiglass when I used it to remove residue. However, it is recommended to try it on a small corner first to be sure.