How to Remove Paint from Windows

 
Question:
I just bought a house and a previous owner/occupant painted some of the windows to look like stained glass. Which, they sorta do, but I am not a fan at all. Any suggestions on removing the paint from the glass?
 
Answer:
When I got this question it was so hard to believe because I’ve never seen, or heard, of anything like that!  Right away I emailed her back and asked to see pictures!  I have to admit that I don’t really like it either but the previous owner did do a pretty good job at making it look like real stained glass.
 
 
Now obviously I’ve never had this problem but I do have a recommendation.  I recently bought some old windows to fix up and they had a lot of paint on the glass panes.  Since I was stripping paint off the frames I decided to paint the paint stripper on the glass as well to see if it would get the old paint off the window.  Guess what, it worked marvelously!  Paint stripper is nasty stuff but it really works.  I know there are other products that you could spray on and try to scrap off with a razor blade but I think using paint stripper will be the easiest and quickest solution to removing the “stained” glass.
 
Here’s what you will need:
Paint stripper (this is the one I like)
 
Plastic drop cloth
Painters tape
Rubber gloves
Paint brush
Plastic cup
Plastic scraper
Paper towels or a clean cloth
Here’s what to do:
1. Cover the floor below with the drop cloth, just in case any of the paint thinner splatters on the ground.
 
2. Use the painters tape to cover the window frames to protect them from being painted with paint thinner.
 
Make sure to put the rubber gloves on before doing anything else!
 
3. Pour paint thinner into the plastic cup.
 
4. Using the paint brush “paint” the thinner onto the windows.  Lather it on, making sure to paint a very thick layer over the entire window surface.  After the windows are covered with thinner let them sit for about 15 minutes.
 
5. When 15 minutes has expired use the plastic scraper to scrape the paint off.  Note: I like using the plastic scraper instead of a blade because you can use more pressure and scrape harder to get under the paint.
 
6. Wipe the window with paper towels or a clean cloth to remove any clumps of paint or excess paint thinner.
 
7. After scraping the paint off if there is any remaining paint residue on the window surface, repeat the process.  When I refinished the windows most of the panes only required 1 application of paint thinner but I did have to repeat the process on a couple of the corners.
 
8. Once the paint has been completely removed give the windows a good washing.  Here is an easy way to assure the windows are very clean.
 
9. Sit back and enjoy the view!
 
Good luck!  I can’t wait to see the outcome!
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"Hi I'm Anna! Welcome to Ask Anna where I love to answer your household questions! I have always loved to clean, organize and decorate and this blog is a fun way for me to help you love it too! I am a busy mom of a beautiful little girl and I'm married to the love of my life. Together we fill our days with projects , laughter and love. I serve an incredible God and overall I'd say I'm truly blessed!"

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