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Here is a detailed post about How To Get Paint Off Window Frame. Suppose you are looking for how to remove paint from exterior window frame and how to remove dried paint from upvc window frames. Then reading this article may help. It also includes how to remove paint from window screen.

The following techniques address commercial storefront windows with standard metal frames. In future articles I’ll provide information on removing paint, stickers, over spray, etc.  from residential  windows. The removal techniques for commercial and residential windows are generally the same.  The differences reflect the size and scale of the jobs, plus residential windows requires a lot more detail work since you live with those windows every day.

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How To Get Paint Off Window Frame

Mini Glass Scraper

For small paint removal jobs like drips, small lettering and over spray, start by using #0000 fine-grade steel wool.

Fine steel wool is safe, works great and it gets the job done fast.

You can also use a Mini Glass Scraper.  They are safe and handy for small clean up jobs and you can get them just about anywhere.

For large jobs, you are going to need a professional grade window scraper / razor or you’ll be there all day and your arm is really going to hurt from overuse.

Using a Razor to Remove Paint From Windows

Warning!  Using razors can be dangerous.  Do not use a razor without reading the instructions and receiving proper training.

As with any project, it’s important to always start with the right equipment.

Triumph 6in Angled Scraper

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bucket of Soapy Water – Dish washing soap works great. Use about as much soap as you would use when doing the dishes in a sink.
  • Professional Grade Window Scraper – Your local hardware store carries many brands, we like the 6-inch Triumph Angled Scraper.
  • Painters Tarp & A Broom – This tarp catches the paint “sheets” and shavings.  The broom, well it’s a broom.  What do you think it’s for?
  • Window Cleaning Equipment – We recommend using a squeegee, mop and some clean dry towels.  Have some #0000 fine steel wool handy too.

Got everything?  Ok, let’s get started.

Step #1:  Spread the Tarp & Apply Lot’s of Soapy Water 

Lot’s of Paint to Remove

Start by laying down the tarp along the glass.  Next, drench the paint and glass with soapy water.  Wait about 2-4 minutes and then re-apply more soapy water before proceeding.

Always make sure the window’s surface is slippery or you can scratch the glass.  Using lots of soapy water causes the paint to stick together as you scrape instead of flaking off in small pieces.

Step #2: Scrape in a Small, Inconspicuous Area First

Remove a little paint with your scraper to make sure the glass isn’t scratching. If you hear a coarse, gritty sound stop immediately and check your blade – it may be dull or broken.  If so, replace it with a new one.

Also, if you see scratches, there may be imperfections in the glass and you should either stop the job or apply even more soapy water and proceed with extreme caution.

Important Note: As you stroke, always push your blade forward and lift it from the glass as you finish and reload for the next one.  Scratching may occur if you drag the blade across glass during an unnecessary back stroke.

Step #3: Scrape Around the Window’s Perimeter

Halfway There – 2.5 Hours

Angle your razor 30° – 45° away from window’s frame and remove the paint along the frames.  The angle prevents the blade from catching and scratching the frame and caulking.

If the window has been drenched, you’ll notice the paint comes off in big pieces, or “sheets”, as you move across the glass.

Try to keep the “sheet” intact as you finish your stroke and gently put it on the tarp.  It’s efficient and much cleaner.

Step #4: Scrape the Rest of the Window

Once the frames are clear, keep your razor’s 30° – 45° angle and use overlapping horizontal or vertical strokes to remove the remaining paint.   If the glass/paint is getting dry, use more soapy water – you want big sections of paint to come off as described above.

Some newbies use their blade at a 90° or “right” angle to the paint as they try to “chip” the paint off.  Do this and you’ll create flakes and probably break your blades frequently.  Using a 30° – 45° angle efficiently “slices” the paint off the glass and reduces flaking.

Tip: If the paint is flaking, apply more soapy water and make sure you are keep the razor’s proper angle as you stroke.

Step #5: Clean the Glass and Clean Your Work Area

Looking Good Sonya! Total Job: 4.5 hours

You’ve removed most of the paint off but small pieces remain.  Re-apply soapy water and use a combination of the Razor and the #0000 fine steel wool to remove what’s left.

Once complete, remove & fold your tarp with the paint “sheets” and flakes, you should have caught about 80% – 90%. Discard the paint appropriately.

Use your mop and squeegee to clean the windows and remove any remaining flakes from the glass.

The remaining 10% – 20% of the paint flakes need to dry on the ground.  Attempting to sweep them while wet only rubs them into the ground. It should dry in about 30 minutes.

Do you remember the broom?  

Follow these 5 efficient steps and you’ll have paint-free windows with less hassles!

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Razor Safety Tips 

Razor Safety – Always Use Caution!

As noted above, razors can be dangerous if not used correctly.

Because we use razors during our normal business day, we constantly train our cleaners on how to use a razor properly.

Here are some razor safety rules: 

  • All razors are to be inspected prior to each use and at the end of each day.
  • All scrapers are to be carried in a safe manner or put in a safe place.
  • All protective covers must be in place at all times when the razor is not in use.
  • Two cleaners should never work side by side when scraping glass. A safe distance (approximately 5 feet) should be maintained.
  • Razors should be discarded appropriately so no one can come in direct contact with the blade.
  • If at any time a razor is broken it should be discarded in a safe manner immediately.
  • If the protective cover is broken a new properly functioning cover must be provided prior to continued use of the razor.
  • Razors should never be placed in buckets that have water in them or pockets without the protected cover.
  • Razors must be kept away from children at all times.
  • Always place the cover on the razor when not in use.
  • If at any point your razor falls let it drop. Never attempt to catch a falling razor.

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How To Remove Spray Paint From Your Skin

Hands covered in paint.
Unsplash / Nicole Honeywill

If you get spray paint on your skin there’s no reason to panic. It’s relatively easy to remove. First, read the label of your can to determine if you’ve managed to coat yourself with oil-based paint or water-based paint.

Water Based Paint

  1. Wash your hands under warm to hot tap water and a few drops of dish soap.
  2. If the paint doesn’t come off, a little bit of friction is required. Use a toothbrush, the abrasive side of a household sponge (not steel wool). or even an abrasive facial cleanser from your bathroom to gently scrub the area and remove the paint from your skin.
  3. Rinse
  4. Be sure to clean your sink immediately afterward.

Oil-Based Paint

  1. The best way to remove oil is with more oil. You can use essential oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or baby oil – whatever you have handy. Take care not to get any on your clothes or in your eyes. Some oils can stain or sting.
  2. Rub the oil back and forth over the painted area just as you would if you were trying to work up a lather with soap.
  3. Rinse.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Clean the sink immediately.

How To Remove Spray Paint From Metal

A microfiber cloth wipes the hood of a car.
Pixabay / melodiustenor

If you’re working outside on your project, it’s easy to let an errant spout of spray paint come into contact with a metal surface, such as metal patio furniture or the side of your car. Luckily it’s fairly easy to remove spray paint from nonporous surfaces like metal.

  1. Use a microfiber cloth. The last thing you want to do is scratch the existing paint.
  2. Apply a few drops of dish soap directly on to the offending area.
  3. Massage the dish soap with warm water and a microfiber cloth, rinsing frequently.
  4. If the paint was applied recently this should do the trick. If it doesn’t work, it’s time to move on to tougher methods. Although many online resources recommend nail polish remover, rubbing compounds, lacquer thinner, and gasoline, we strongly discourage the use of these substances because they remove the existing paint. This could lead to a very expensive problem.
  5. If soap and water don’t work, a clay cleaning bar is a preferred method for removing spray paint from metal surfaces.
  6. Cut off a section of the clay bar.
  7. Spray the section with lubricant. Although you can purchase special a clay bar lubricant, it’s cheap and easy to make your own DIY version. Just add a few drops of dish soap to a pint of warm water.
  8. Rub the paint stain firmly with the clay bar, applying more lubricant as you go if necessary.
  9. Wipe the area with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any lubricant or traces of paint.

Note: If the metal surface you’re cleaning is a car, It’s a good idea to give it a good wash and wax when you’re finished. This will make sure any abrasive bits of paint have been removed and help protect your existing paint from further damage.

How To Remove Spray Paint From Fabric

Brightly colored bottles of spray paint.
Unsplash / Ehimetalor Unuabona

Few users of spray paint haven’t dealt with noticing they’ve ended up with a bit of the stuff on their clothes. In fact, people have special outfits they save for these projects just in case.

Wet Paint

  1. If the paint is still wet, blot, don’t rub, the area with a light colored cloth and warm water. This is the same method you use to remove stains from carpet. Blotting draws the stain upwards into your towel. Rubbing, on the other hand, forces the stain down, deeper into the fabric, making it even more difficult to remove.
  2. Use a dab of dish soap oil-based stain remover if necessary.
  3. Blot the area with a dry cloth to absorb the paint.
  4. Repeat as necessary.

Dry Paint

  1. Use a butter knife, spoon, or fingernail to scrape up as much of the hardened paint as possible. Take care not to tear the fabric.
  2. Use nail polish remover or paint remover to remove the excess paint. Perform a test first on an unseen area to make sure you can safely use these substances without removing the dye.
  3. If you are dealing with fabric from clothing, throw the garment in the washing machine to remove as much as the paint as possible.

How To Remove Spray Paint From Concrete

A large red paint stain.
Pixabay / Clker-Free-Vector-Images

Pressure Washer

  1. If you have access to a pressure washer, move everything else out of the area. Pressure washers are powerful and can damage patio furniture or the paint on your car if you’re not careful.
  2. Spray the area with water from the pressure washer, moving the hose back and forth so the blast of water essentially scrubs the painted area.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and be sure to sweep up and remove all the dirt and spray paint from the area when finished.

TSP

  1. If you aren’t able to get your hands on a pressure washer, or if you are dealing with an area where for some reason a pressure washer wouldn’t be ideal, Powdered Trisodium Phosphate, or TSP, is your friend, but don’t underestimate its power. TSP should only be used in a well-ventilated area, wearing gloves, goggles, and a respiratory mask.
  2. Mix ¼ teaspoon in a bucket for every gallon of water. The number of gallons you’ll need will be determined by the size of the area you need to clean.
  3. Scrub the area with a stiff bristled brush. If the spray paint still remains, allow the solution to sit for a half hour before you attempt to remove it again.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Be sure to thoroughly rinse and clean the area of solution and debris when finished.

Removing spray paint from most surfaces is easy. All it takes is a little bit of elbow grease and know how.

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