You can end up with paint on your windows for several different reasons. Some people just don’t bother taping up their windows. Sometimes, a paint sprayer can lead to errant paint on the glass. Maybe you bought it and it was like that when you got it. Whatever the case may be, if you have paint on your glass and you’d like it gone, you need to follow a few steps.
You’re going to need a few things to effectively remove paint from your glass. Fortunately, many of them are items that are readily available. You’ll need dish soap, a cotton cloth, a utility knife, glass cleaner, newspaper or towels, a drop cloth, a putty knife, and a spray bottle.
Get to Cleaning
First, you’ll need to put some warm water into your spray bottle with some dish soap. Swirl the dish soap around to mix it up, but don’t shake it and make it foamy. Spray the soapy water all over the window. It’s not really possible to use too much here.
Once you’ve sprayed the soapy water all over the window, use a utility knife to cut along the edge of the window pane to score the paint. This will make it much easier to pull the paint off the window. However, be sure to use very light pressure. You don’t want to scratch the glass.
Place the putty knife at a 45 degree angle to the window. With an even motion, push it away from you to peel the paint off the glass. Don’t use too much pressure or you risk damaging the window. Too much pressure can scratch the glass or even crack it. Also, be sure to keep the edge of the putty knife clean so that you can easily move it across the glass. If you can’t move it easily, you’ll be forced to use more pressure. That won’t work as well, and it endangers the window.
The previous instructions work best for paint that is dry and relatively new. Sometimes, in the case of very old windows, the paint is very difficult to remove. In those cases, you might need to use some paint thinner to soften the paint before it can be removed. Use this instead of soapy water. Be careful not to get the paint thinner on the painted window frame.
Just that easily you can restore windows to their previous glory.