Blocking off windows adds time to the paint job, and tape can leave residue on glass. Scraping paint off windows is relatively easy, so many professional house painters and DIYers prefer to just paint the windows manually and then clean off any spill after the window frames dry. Older paint can be harder to get off windows in some cases, but even paint that has had time to set will come off with an ordinary scraping tool.
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Things you need
- Razor blade
- Paint scraper
Mix several drops of mild soap in a bucket of water. Spread the water across a window pane with a sponge. This step is not necessary, but it will soften the paint and reduce the risk of scratching the window while scraping off the paint.
Place a single-edged razor blade against the edge of the window where the pane meets the casement. Drag the razor blade along the window, cutting a straight line through the paint where it overlaps the edge of the window pane.
Place a razor blade, paint scraper or other scraping tool against the window pane, angled at a 45 degree angle towards the edge of the pane. Carefully scrape the scraper from the middle of the pain towards the edge to scrape off the paint. Continue to drag the scraper towards the edge of the window, peeling off strips of paint until the window is clear of the paint.
Wash the window with soap and water again to remove any small particles of paint left. Wash the window with water to remove the soap.
Tips and warnings
- Try an infrared paint scraper. Infrared scrapers heat the paint as they go, which makes it easier to remove.
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