Archive for December, 2019

How to Remove Paint From Windows

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.

 

Supplies

 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.

 

Paint Thinner

 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.

How to Touch Up a Scratched Window

There are several different ways that your windows can become scratched. Tree branches rubbing against windows is a common problem that homeowners face. Also, they can become scratched from pets and children; pets are a particularly common issue.  The first step is to assess the damage to the window. The panes of glass should be sealed with a vacuum between them. You need to check to see if the glass itself is scratched on the surface or actually cracked. If the glass is cracked, you’ll need to consult a professional. If you see condensation between the panes, you’ll also need a professional. However, if it’s just surface scratches and the seal is still good, you can likely fix it.

Lastly, you should run your fingernail over the window. If the scratch is deep enough that your fingernail gets caught in it, then it’s likely too deep to remove.

 

Cerium Oxide

 If you got a hardware store to get something to repair the cracks, you’ll likely find a product that contains cerium oxide. This compound is actually harder than glass; therefore, it can be used to polish glass. It works on the same principle as a fine grit sandpaper polishing wood.

Apply a small amount of the cerium oxide compound to the window and use a soft cloth to polish the scratches. If they’re shallow, they should buff out.

 

Use Glass Polish

 After you’ve buffed out the scratches as much as you can, you should use a window polish. You can use mineral spirits or toothpaste to accomplish this. Apply them to the window, focusing on the scratched areas. Polish them well with a soft cloth. This doesn’t actually remove the scratches but it does remove dirt and grime from the scratches, which will make them less visible.

 

Use Nail Polish

 You can also use clear nail polish to fill in the scratches. It might be slightly visible from up close, but it will generally make your windows look much better once you take a step back.

Finally, use a window cleaner to clean the cerium oxide and toothpaste off the windows. Once you’ve done all of that, it’s likely that the window will look significantly better. If the scratches still remain after you do that, you’ll likely need to have them professional repaired. Professional glass repair contractors use a clear compound to fill in the scratches. You could also choose just to have the window panes replaced. Though, that might not be an option if you have antique windows.