Removing careless splatters of paint from windows can be challenging, but with the right direction and tools, you can turn this painful chore into an easy adventure.
This blog post will teach you how to remove paint from glass using a variety of methods and tools.
How to Remove Paint From Glass
If your home or business has fallen victim to graffiti or a sloppy paint job, here are some quick tips on how to quickly remove paint from windows. These tips also work if you’re wondering how to remove spray paint from windows.
1. Buy the Ideal Solvent
Solvents are liquids that help dissolve and soften the paint. There are a variety of solvent strengths available, ranging from rather weak to plastic-dissolving strong. Because stronger solvents can damage window films or tints, it’s important to start with a weak solvent and only fall back on stronger solutions if weaker solvents fail to soften the paint.
From weakest to strongest, three common solvents are:
- Mineral spirits
- Alcohol (e.g. methyl or isopropyl)
- Methylene chloride
2. Use a Razor Blade to Remove Cured Paint
Before applying your solvent, use a razor blade to remove as much paint as you can. To ensure you don’t scratch the glass, follow these steps:
- Fill a bucket with a sudsy mixture of warm water and dish soap.
- Thoroughly wet the window with your soapy water.
- Hold the razor blade at a 45-degree angle and gently scrape away the paint.
The key here is to ensure the glass and blade are wet when you’re scrapping. Using a dry blade on dry glass is a sure way to scratch up your window.
3. Apply the Paint Solvent
If the razor fails to remove stubborn patches of paint, then it’s time to whip out your solvent. But first, put on safety glasses and protective gloves. Once you’re protected, follow these steps:
- Pour some solvent onto a clean rag and then hold your rag against the paint. After a minute or two, the solvent should make the paint soft.
- Use a clean rag to wipe away the softened paint.
- Rinse the paint from your rag, apply more solvent, and repeat this process until there’s no more paint on your window.
Once all the paint is removed, use a clean, dry rag to wipe any remaining solvent from the window. Then clean the glass with a window-cleaning solution to return it to its pre-paint clarity and luster.
How to Naturally Remove Paint From Glass Without Razor
If you’d like to remove paint from your windows without using solvents or a razor, here is an easy and natural method you can use to remove paint from glass:
- Fill a plastic or glass container with one part water and one part vinegar.
- Put this mixture in the microwave and heat it for 30-40 seconds.
- Dip a microfiber cloth in your heated vinegar water and hold the moist cloth against the paint.
- Once the paint has softened, use your cloth to wipe it away.
- Use your fingernails to scratch away stubborn paint spots.
Once all the paint is removed, completely dry the glass and finish by spraying it down and cleaning it with a window cleaner to restore your window’s shine.