If you recently were repainting vinyl window frames in your living room and latex paint accidentally spilled onto portions of the glass panes that are encased in the frames, complete the following steps to remove the paint and prevent permanent damage to the glass:
- drop cloths
- masking tape
- thick towels
- flexible putty knife
- can of mineral spirits
- bottle of paint thinner
- lint-free cloths
- buffing sponge
- cerium oxide
- glass cleaning agent
Blot Wet Paint And Remove Paint That Has Hardened
Lay a drop cloth across flooring that is underneath each windowpane that has late paint on it. Use strips of masking tape to cover each window's frame. Fold a towel and press one side of it against the fresh paint. Hold the towel in place for several seconds to soak up as much paint as possible. If the paint has already hardened on the glass, insert the tip of a putty knife under the edges of dried paint to loosen the substance from the glass. Avoid scraping the tip of the tool against each windowpane as you complete this step.
Eliminate Paint Stains That Remain
Use mineral spirits or paint thinner to dampen the corner of a lint-free cloth. Apply the damp portion of the cloth against paint-stained surfaces. Move the cloth firmly back and forth over the glass to remove paint. If it is difficult to remove all traces of paint with the first application, pour more mineral spirits or paint thinner onto a clean portion of a cloth before wiping the glass a subsequent time.
Remove Scratches And Clean Glass
Inspect the windowpanes for scratches. If any faint marks are present, pour a few drops of cerium oxide onto a buffing sponge. Press the side of the sponge that has cerium oxide on it firmly against a scratched portion of the glass. Move the sponge in tiny circles as you continue applying pressure to the back of the sponge. Pour more cerium oxide onto the sponge if it is needed until scratches have been eliminated from each windowpane.
Spray a window cleaning agent on one side of a lint-free cloth. Use the cloth to remove traces of the products that were previously applied to the glass. After the windowpanes are clean, use a fresh, lint-free cloth to dry the glass. Carefully peel the strips of tape from the vinyl frames before throwing the tape away. Remove the drop cloths from the floor.
Contact a glass replacement company for more information and assistance.