How to Remove Stained Glass Paint From Windows

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Things You'll Need

  • Staight edge razor with a handle

  • Bucket of water

  • 2 soft cloths

  • Soap

  • Vinegar

  • Microwave

Tip

Try gently pushing the razor scraper back and forth when faced with thicker layers of paint that are not gliding off smoothly.

Warning

Do not apply pressure to the glass by pressing the razor at a 90 degree angle against the glass surface. Doing so will likely scratch the glass.

Depending on the age of your stained glass window, take extra caution to press gently when scraping with the razor -- particularly when working in the dead center of the glass. This area is most likely to break or crack under pressure, and old glass is more likely to do this than its younger counterpart. •Old glass is more brittle, be cautious about applying too much pressure to the center of the window.

Remove stain glass paint from windows with a razor and some muscle

Historically speaking, stained glass paint was made using dry glass powder mixed with a binding agent like water, sugar and sometimes vinegar. Today's stained glass paint is made with manufactured chemicals designed to paint on glass, after which a waterproofing layer is applied to seal the glass. Removing stained glass paint from windows is an easy process as long as your stained glass window has a flat surface and you are comfortable working with a razor.

Step 1

Fill a gallon-sized bucket with water and place any type of household bar soap into the bucket with the water.

Step 2

Stir the water until it appears soapy. Soapy water helps the razor to glide easier when applied to glass.

Step 3

Wet a cloth in the soapy water and wipe the stained glass until it is thoroughly wet.

Step 4

Warm 1 cup of vinegar in the microwave for 45 seconds. Rub the vinegar using a second cloth over the section you are about to attack with your razor. This will help further soften the paint.

Step 5

Place your razor at a 20-degree angle against the glass surface, pointing your edge in the direction you plan on scraping.

Step 6

Push the razor blade into the paint and guide your razor toward the window's edge. The paint should peel off. If there are several layers of paint, it will peel off in layers. If there is just one layer, with any luck it will all come off at once.

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Virginia Franco

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Franco has more than 15 years experience freelance writing. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the education magazine "My School Rocks" and Work.com. Franco has a master's degree in social work with an emphasis in health care from the University of Maryland and a journalism degree from the University of Richmond.