How to Remove Paint From Window Frames

Painting can change the character and look of your house. Removing paint, however, is not as much fun as applying it. There are many ways to remove paint, from the elbow grease method of sanding and scraping to heat guns and chemical solvents. Chemical solvents are, oddly enough, the safest way to remove paint from wood work. Heat guns pose fire hazards, and if used with lead paint, health hazards. There are several chemical solvents to choose from: environmentally safe solvents take longer to work and need more applications; Solvent based strippers are flammable and volatile but work quickly; Methylene chloride or DCM strippers remove both latex, acrylic and oil based paint, however it takes several applications to remove all the paint and some are flammable. You can find chemical solvents in gel, liquid or paste forms.

Removing paint from window frames

Step 1

Use dry paper towels or a lint free cloth to remove fresh, wet paint drips from window sills. Wipe the paint up with one swipe. Do not scrub as this could causing staining.

Step 2

Don protective clothing, chemical proof gloves, protective goggles and breathing mask before trying to remove old paint from window frames. Open all doors and windows for ventilation.

Step 3

Lay drop cloths or newspapers on the floor under the area you will be working.

Step 4

Working from top to bottom, apply chemical solvent with an old paint brush according to package directions. Follow all safety instructions and read warnings before opening solvent.

Step 5

Use a flat edged scrapper to remove paint from window frames, again working from top to bottom. For small areas and crevices use steel wool.

Step 6

Re-apply the chemical solvent to areas with remaining paint and use the scrapper to remove the paint.