Removing Paint from your Windows without Scratching
Window scratches can be a real nuisance for homeowners, businesses and public buildings alike. They make the place look tacky and unprofessional, while they can also be the beginning of further problems such as cracking.
It’s even more frustrating when scratches are the result of something that is completely avoidable. One such instance is when someone accidentally get paint on the glass, and then feel as if they can simply remove it by scraping it off.
But that’s not the case. If you want to remove paint from your windows without scratching the glass, then this is what you need to do.
(First of all, you can avoid this issue entirely by covering your windows with a plastic sheet when painting nearby)
Grab a hold of your usual window cleaning product, a friction reducer and a bucket of water. Pour the reducer and the cleaning product into the bucket, applying a similar ratio to what you would use when washing the dishes, and you’ll have everything you need to create a nice slippery surface.
Scraping from dry glass is almost guaranteed to scratch, so apply the liquid solution you’ve just created before you even go near the window with a blade.
Prepare to Scrape
First of all, you need to get hold of a good quality window scraper, and test it out on an area of the window (or another window entirely) that you don’t necessarily mind getting scratched. It shouldn’t do anyway, but you might not want to risk it in the location of the paint.
Your blade needs to be in excellent condition in order to be effective. You can look to see what sort of a state it’s in, but it’s also possible to use your ears. When you use it, there will be a grittier noise than you might expect. If this is the case the stop immediately and look into purchasing a new scraper.
Now you can begin. Position the razor of your scraper at a 45° angle away from the window’s frame, so as not to damage this in anyway, and the start scraping the paint. If the window is higher than it is wider, use vertical strokes, and if it’s wider than it is higher, use horizontal strokes.
Remember to always lift your blade off the glass in between strokes – to further reduce the chances of scratching. Once everything is done, and all the paint has been completely removed, reapply your cleaning solution one more time and use a squeegee to wipe and dry.
Follow these instructions to the letter and your paint/glass problems will be diminished. No scratches, no problem. However, if you do happen to accidentally scratch your windows then get in touch and we’ll be able to help you out.