Overspray on Windows


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Old 02-20-09, 06:52 AM
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Overspray on Windows

Hello all:

Does anyone have an EASY solution for removing overspray on windows? I hate to think of having to do it with a razor blade!

It is a latex paint. I have tried soap and water, doesn't budge.

TKS. Jackie R.
 
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Old 02-20-09, 11:52 AM
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Get the glass good and wet with soap and water, then use a razor blade to remove the paint. The soapy water acts as a lubricant [for the blade] and helps to loosen the paint. You'll want the type of scraper that has a handle and holds the blade - a lot easier than trying to hold unto the blade
 
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Old 02-20-09, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by marksr View Post
Get the glass good and wet with soap and water, then use a razor blade to remove the paint. The soapy water acts as a lubricant [for the blade] and helps to loosen the paint. You'll want the type of scraper that has a handle and holds the blade - a lot easier than trying to hold unto the blade
Good advice right here.


A tip to use in the future would be to mask the windows to save you from this hassle, i hate the look of overspray where it does not need to be.
 
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Old 02-20-09, 04:25 PM
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Just a bit of info...one of the best type of scrapers is the type they use to take off window stickers. Similar to a gasket scraper..but not quite. Should be available at any auto parts store.
 
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Soap and water will help to prevent scratching of the glass too. I see glass get scratched all the time from razor blade removal so be careful.

Denatured alcohol will remove dried latex if you don't want to risk scratching the glass.

Oops and Goof Off too, will work.
 
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Thanks for the info, I will be trying the soap and water again and leave it on longer this time. Just a bit of info, the spraying was done by "Professionals" in a home we are building, "who'd a thunk" pros would do such a messy job.....
 
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Not all pros are equal

I've sprayed a lot of new homes and generally the builder has a cleaning crew that takes care of that. I've always tried to spray in a manner that would minimize the overspray that would need to be cleaned up but never worried about keeping the windows completely overspray clear.......... but on a job where I was responsible for keeping overspray off of the windows - I took precautions to make sure none got on them

I doubt soap and water by itself will remove all the overspray. But keeping the glass wet with soapy water and using a razor blade, it should come off fairly easy and it will also help in removing the stickers from the windows. Seems like a window cleaner told me once that only moving then blade in one direction [not back and forth] will also help to prevent scratches.
 
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I'd follow Mark's plan. My company won't spray and window sash (we cut it all in afterwards), but if we need to we use single edge razor blades. And YES only go in one direction.
 
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Believe it or not Windex may be the answer here, spray the window let it set, and see if it wil budge. Windex has a bit of alcohol in it, it just might help here.

Bill
 
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Soapy water in a spray bottle or window cleaner. As you near the wood edge, press the blade into/towards the wood edge. If you try to scrape along the wood edge, you risk damage to the wood. Depending on how bad the overspray is, I would change the blade on each window or every two or you risk scratching the glass. Keep it wet but not soaked. Mist it.

A professional painter did not paint your windows.
 
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Old 03-12-09, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Jack Pauhl View Post
Soapy water in a spray bottle or window cleaner. As you near the wood edge, press the blade into/towards the wood edge. If you try to scrape along the wood edge, you risk damage to the wood. Depending on how bad the overspray is, I would change the blade on each window or every two or you risk scratching the glass. Keep it wet but not soaked. Mist it.

A professional painter did not paint your windows.
And he/she should be back removing the overspray......
 
 

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