How To Remove Spray Paint From Glass

If you have spray paint on your glass surface, you may be panicking wondering how on earth you are going to get it clean.

Whether you have accidentally spray painted your window or if someone has graffitied your glass, you may actually be able to clean it away with products you already have in your home.

Thankfully, we have put together the best way to remove spray paint from glass. Aren’t we good to you?

You only need a few items to make that spray paint disappear. The main item you need is a solvent. Solvent breaks down the paint on glass surfaces so you can easily wipe it away.

How to remove spray paint from glass

What Solvent is Right for Your Surface?

A solvent is a liquid substance that can dissolve spray paint from your glass surfaces. Depending on how long the spray paint has been sitting on your glass, may mean that you need a stronger or weaker solvent.

Usually, if spray paint has been on a glass surface for a long time, you will need a strong solvent to get rid of it for good. Some of the best solvents are items you may already have in your home.

Let’s take a look at the top four solvents to use to remove spray paint from glass surfaces.

  • Nail Polish Remover

This is the most common solvent found already in the home. This is a good option to use if you don’t have any of the other solvents in this list already.

Nail polish remover contains an ingredient called isopropyl alcohol that can break down spray paint on glass. If you want an effective solvent, look for a nail polish remover that has acetone. This will help break the bond between the spray paint and the glass with ease.

  • Alcohol

The best type of alcohol to use as a solvent to remove spray paint from glass is denatured alcohol. This type of alcohol works well to thin out shellac and also can remove things like permanent marker from glass surfaces too.

Denatured alcohol is usually found in forms such as isopropyl and methyl. One of our top tips is to be extra cautious if you are cleaning spray paint from heat-reflective windows.

Alcohol can sometimes damage heat-reflective windows if it is being used as a solvent. If you are unsure whether your windows are heat-reflective or not, we recommend that you try a different solvent for spray paint removal.

  • Methylene Chloride

This is the best solvent to use if the spray paint has been sitting on a glass surface for a significant amount of time. This active ingredient is mostly found in paint removers. This makes this solvent option one of the most effective you will find.

As this is a strong solvent to use to remove spray paint from glass, you should take some precautions before use. Always use rubber gloves, eye protection, and a mask if necessary.

We also recommend covering up any other nearby surfaces when using this solvent. Methylene Chloride can soften certain plastic materials so covering them will prevent any more damage from being done.

  • Mineral Spirits

This solvent is a clear liquid derived from petroleum. There are many different names for the mineral spirit. It can otherwise be known as mineral turpentine, white spirit, or even petroleum spirit.

If you are considering using this solvent, it is best to use on spray paint that has been recently sprayed onto a glass surface. For any older paint, you may want to try one of the other solvents mentioned above.

How to Remove Spray Paint From Glass

By now, you should have gained knowledge on what solvent is good for each circumstance. Now that you have this information, it is time to get into the best method to remove spray paint from glass surfaces.

Below we have put together a list of things you need before removing your spray paint. We have also set out the stages of removing spray paint from glass to guide you through the process.

What You Need:

  • Water
  • Scouring pad
  • Your chosen solvent
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective goggles

Instructions

  1. Before you start the spray paint removal process, ensure that the area you plan to clean is well ventilated. If the area isn’t well ventilated, open a nearby window or grab a fan to increase the airflow in the room.
  2. Now it is time to put on your protective items. Put on your rubber gloves and protective goggles to keep your skin from getting irritated by the solvent you’re about to use. If you have breathing difficulties such as asthma, consider also wearing a mask.
  3. Get your microfiber cloth and soak it in your chosen solvent. If you have chosen a solvent that comes in a spray bottle, just spray it directly onto the glass surface that you need to remove the spray paint from.
  4. Hold the wet rag over the spray paint until you notice the paint becoming loose. This means that the paint has lost the bond to the glass. When it starts to come away from the glass, rub the cloth over the paint to encourage more to come loose.
  5. If your spray paint is still not budging, you may need to try this trick. Apply solvent to the glass and let it sit for thirty to ninety minutes.
  6. Then, you will want to use your scouring pad to scrub away the paint from the glass. When you’re doing this, don’t press too hard as you don’t want to damage the glass surface.
  7. When you are happy that the spray paint has been removed successfully from the glass surface, it is time for the next step. Get another microfiber cloth and dampen it with water. Use this cloth to wipe the remaining solvent from the glass.
  8. To finish your spray paint removal, get your favorite glass cleaner and apply it to the clean surface. Wipe away to avoid any streaks in your newly clean glass.

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