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Author Topic: How to remove paint overspray from windshield?  (Read 5216 times)
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« on: March 17, 2008, 07:04:32 PM »

A gentleman I hired to work on my bus used spray paint inside the bus.  He got overspray on the inside of the windshield.

Do I have to worry about wrecking the glass if I use a scraper to remove the paint?  I know windshields are not normal glass.  I don't want to wreck my new windshields that just cost me $2500 to install.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 07:11:21 PM »

we do vinyl graphics and always use a new clean single edge razor blade to remove vinyl, the adhesive and paint on glass

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008, 07:13:22 PM »

I have always used a NEW very sharp razor blade on glass including windshields and had no problems

I would be careful on the curved parts but the flat part should be no problem

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008, 07:21:41 PM »

a razor blade should work or you can get stuff like acrysol it's made by kent and that is it's main job
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008, 07:33:00 PM »

 Grin
I have used MEK and laquer thinner with good results as long as it does not drip on the painted surface.
Razor blades will not harm your windshields and are cheaper.
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2008, 07:34:37 PM »

Brake fluid will take paint off if let it be wet or soak for a day or so. Depend how old paint been on such as few months. Acetone will dissolve most paint as well.

Brake fluid will not hurt most plastic.

After paint removed....soap & water to wash off brake fluid. It water soluble.

If you use good razor blade....make sure the surface is washed clean to be free of dust & dirt before razor. To avoid scratches.

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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2008, 10:25:50 PM »

Go to the hardware store or home center and buy a can of "Goof Off".  It is made to remove paints and adhesives (and more) from where they don't belong.  It should do just fine on your window.

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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2008, 10:44:19 PM »

Non grit go-jo will work. Learned that one from a painter.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008, 11:32:22 PM »

    A razor blade will leave scratch marks. BTDT  Use anything liquid. I had a lot on the outside windows and used MEK.  acetone also works. Thinner also works if the paint isn't very old.

Mine is acrylic enamel with a hardener in it and thinner wouldn't touch it after a few weeks.

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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2008, 07:06:06 AM »

Easy Off oven cleaner works well too! Spray it on let sit for about 10 mins and wipe off!
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2008, 12:12:22 PM »

The razor blade should work, but you can also buy a clay bar at paint/detal stores which is used for removing overspray from paint, so should work on glass too.

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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2008, 05:51:29 PM »

In college I worked for a painter and my first job was to clean windows.  I have used a razor blade BUT, I sprayed Windex to lubricate and ease removal of the paint.

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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2008, 08:42:24 AM »

last little note: if there is any kind of tint film on the inside glass acetone may dissolve it (I know gas does as I have splattered tint on the inside of one of my van door window from filling up on a windy day with the  door open up wind of the pump) Moslty learning from mistakes here, the good news is I have made alot of mistakes.
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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2008, 08:52:25 AM »

Isn't that the way we all learn???

The more mistakes we make the smarter we get

IF we don't make too big a mistake we will survive

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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2008, 01:56:55 PM »

I use 50 grit sandpaper.


No wait....that's for something else.



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« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2008, 05:19:29 PM »

I'll have to try some of the chemical methods.  I just don't want to wreck the windshield.

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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2008, 09:39:57 PM »

Brian,

The razor IN A HOLDER, not held in your fingers, is the easiest and least messy.  The Windex spray idea was really good.  Use a new blade and try it on an a small out of the way space of the windshield.  I have done that soooooo many times and never did I have any scratches I could see.  I do wear glasses though.

Clay bar, sold at auto paint stores, is MAGICAL.  No kidding.  Not cheap but if you have a really nice car you can use it on that also as a prelim or after wax process.

Easy Off.....my favorite product!  No wait thats KY....ops, almost.  It will remove new paint really well but it is LYE so protect your hands and eyes.  Old paint needs a warm environment to activate the lye to attack it.

New paint will come off with acetone, laq thinner, mek, gasoline""""""""hand cleaner or GOOP OFF.  Watch your dash.

The tint is in the windshield glass on any I have seen.  You can add tint as a layer or they have spray paint for that purpose but the factory glass is done that way.  Try a small patch to put your mind at rest.

About the "painter".  Where did you bury the body?

HTH,

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