Removing Paint from Windows

Written by April Reinhardt (last updated July 25, 2022)

Perhaps you've moved into an old house and the window frames have been painted and repainted many times, leaving paint marks on the glass. Or perhaps you've taken an afternoon to paint your window frames without taking the time to properly tape around the glass, leaving overspray or brush marks on the glass. Whatever your reason for needing to remove paint from windows, the following instructions can help. You'll need dishwashing liquid, water, a bucket, a six-inch razor blade, clean rags, a squeegee, and a Dobie Scrotch-Brite cleaning pad, or similar pad that won't scratch when scouring. Here's how to remove paint from windows:

  1. Fill your bucket with warm water, and add several squirts of dishwashing liquid. Agitate the mixture a little and allow it to become sudsy.
  2. With the cleaning pad, apply the solution to the window and scrub well to remove loose dirt, grime, and debris from the windowpane.
  3. Wet the windowpane thoroughly with your cleaning solution and use your razor blade to scrape the paint from the glass. It is important to keep the glass wet while removing paint particles, else you might scratch the glass surface.
  4. With a clean rag, wipe the glass to determine if you've removed all of the paint particles. If not, repeat step number three, remembering to keep the glass wet.
  5. Once you've removed all of the paint particles, wet the glass one more time and then squeegee away the water.

You can allow the windowpane to air dry, or you may choose to use old newspapers to dry away the remaining water. If you need to remove old paint from a window frame, use a putty knife and paint scraper to scrape away the paint, taking care not to mar the surface of the wood or aluminum window frame. Clean gently with a clean rag and your cleaning solution, and allow to air dry.

Author Bio

April Reinhardt

An admin­istrator for a mutual fund man­age­ment firm, April deals with the writ­ten word daily. She loves to write and plans to author a memoir in the near future. April attend­ed More­head State Uni­ver­sity to pursue a BA degree in Ele­men­tary Edu­ca­tion. ...

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