One of the best ways to freshen any room is to apply a coat of paint to the trim around the windows to make them pop! But the job can become a hassle when the majority of your time and effort is spent on applying painter’s tape to the glass to prevent the paint from splashing all over your windows. And if you have divided light windows you may as well forget about it unless you can pawn the job off on a kid as punishment for some misdeed.
We would like to change your perspective by telling you that it’s okay to paint outside the lines as it will be much easier to remove paint splashes from your windows than trying to prevent it. It is possible to achieve a flawless paint job by simply using the right tools and applying a few clever techniques.
Do’s and Don’ts
The number one thing you DON’T want to do when removing paint from a windowpane is to try and scrape or scrub it off when it has dried. If you find any of these steps are too difficult, call our professional window cleaners in Johnson County for help. ALWAYS apply a lubricating solution to the paint to avoid friction that leads to scratches. You can make your own solution with common household products like vinegar and a few drops of dishwashing liquid dissolved in water. You can also use your normal glass cleaner to provide the necessary moisture and lubrication the blade of the scraper needs to glide easily across the surface of the glass. Our excellent, ammonia-free WG-57 Glass Cleaner contains a clinging agent in the foam that allows you to see where it has been applied and whether more is needed to remove all traces of paint. Get a can or two from our local Genie!
Remember, if you end up messing this up – window replacement isn’t that difficult to do yourself or you can hire it out. It’s not the end of the world. We don’t recommend trying adding this to your list of office cleaning duties as replacing a commercial office building’s window can be several thousand dollars. Best to leave that to the specialists.
Although there are a variety of different tools you can use, we recommend the Triumph Scraper as it is easy to use and has been specifically designed to remove paint from glass surfaces. All of our Kansas City window washers use this exact tool! If you are concerned about safety you can use a plastic scraper as it won’t accidentally cut you if your hand slips while scraping. Our favorite recommendation is plastic razor blades by Scraperight that look just like typical razor blades but are much safer to use. They won’t work as well on tough paint removing jobs, however, they are worth a try. They are also highly effective at removing drips of paint from other surfaces such as wood floors.
Superfine grade 000 steel wool can be used in addition to straight-edge blades and some people prefer to use steel wool instead of blades. There is an increased risk of scratching but if it is done properly by often changing to a fresh, clean pad, a lot of paint can be removed in a relatively short period of time.
Techniques and Window Cleaning Tips
Some tips we can offer you include:
- Always ensure that you are holding the blade at a 45-degree angle when scraping
- Move the blade towards the frame of the window but avoid pushing it into the gasket as it could break the seals
- Work in one direction and lift the blade after each pass. Do not drag the blade back and forth to prevent scratching.
We hope these tips will help you prepare better for removing those pesky paint spots on your window glass but if you have any doubts it is best to consult a professional.