How to Remove Frost Paint From Glass

Updated November 21, 2016

Frost paint for windows is popular, especially during the holiday season. In addition, some homeowners use the paint to add privacy to their homes. However, when the holiday season is over or you want a new look for your windows, the frost paint will have to be removed from the glass. One of the primary concerns is etching the window. You can remove the frost paint carefully with minimal etching and get ready for a new window look.

Clean off the window with a household cleaner and wipe off any dirt and debris. Spray water from a spray bottle to coat the window. Apply window cleaner to the window.

Mix in a bucket 4 tbsp of dish washing liquid and 1 gallon of water. Check your professional grade window scraper to ensure that it isn't rusted. Dip the scraper into the dish washing mixture.

Press lightly against the glass in a 45-degree angle. Scrape the perimeter of the paint before working inside. Choose one type of stroke such as vertical or horizontal strokes to remove the paint. Horizontal stokes work better for wide windows, and vertical stokes are an optimal choice for tall windows. Dip the scraper into the mixture in between each scrape. Lift the blade in between stokes to prevent scratching.

Apply window cleaner to the window. Squeegee off the cleaner. Stand back to check to see if you have removed all the paint.

Repeat the above steps for any leftover paint. Wait for the glass to dry before adding a new coat of paint.


Test a hard-to-see area of the glass with the soap and the scraper to ensure that it will not harm the glass.


Use a professional scraper rather than a razor blade to reduce the risk of scratching the window.

Things You'll Need

  • Household cleaner
  • Paper towel
  • Spray bottle
  • Window cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Dish washing soap
  • Professional scraper
  • Squeegee
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