While spraying the wall or other places near the window, you can accidentally get the spray on the window. It may happen even if you are so careful.

I will walk you through different variants of removing spray paint from windows on your home improvement projects. Many spray paint removal commodities are everyday products we can typically find at home. Soap water, vinegar, elbow grease, and razor blades can be an example of them.

  1. Scrape off excess paint using a plastic scraper or razor blade.
  2. Apply a suitable glass paint remover as directed.
  3. Gently scrub the affected areas in circular motions.
  4. Wipe away loosened paint with a damp cloth or sponge.
  5. Repeat if necessary for stubborn stains.
  6. Clean the window with glass cleaner or mild dish soap and water.
  7. Dry thoroughly with a lint-free cloth.

So, let’s get started!

How to remove spray paint with vinegar

Vinegar is an easy and handy solution if you don’t want to involve harsh chemicals in your DIY projects. In this case, you need

1 cup (240 ml) of white vinegarRubber gloves
A glass measuring cup or microwave-safe glass bowlA clean rag or clean sponge
MicrowaveElbow grease

Step 1

First of all, you should wear rubber gloves on your hand to protect them. And then, measure white vinegar into a glass measuring cup. If you don’t have this kind of cup, you can use a microwave-safe glass bowl to measure the liquid.

Pay attention to the bowl. It is better to choose a glass one since you should heat the vinegar. Also, the dish you are using must be slightly larger to hold. Otherwise, the vinegar may spill over while dipping a rag or sponge into it.

Step 2

The next step is to microwave the white vinegar until it boils. The time includes approximately 30-60 seconds. Stop the time when it comes to bubbles. If it doesn’t heat up during this time, continue to heat.

And now, you can dip a clean rag or sponge into a bowl of white vinegar and start rubbing. A hand towel or significant rag gets in the way you are removing the paint from windows. They are too bulky.

By the way, the rag size should be small, like a washcloth. This kind of rag is handy and works satisfactorily for your project.

You should saturate the elbow grease with white vinegar. And then spray the liquid on the paint on the window. White vinegar helps to soften the paint. After some time, rub it with a clean rag.

This method is also accessible and safe for fiberglass. Other methods may damage this type of glass.

1One cup of white vinegar
22 tablespoons of dish soap
3One gallon of warm water

If this option doesn’t help your removal process, you can move on to the following technique. Don’t forget about safety. Wear rubber gloves and keep your eyes away from the heated vinegar.

How to remove spray paint from windows with mineral spirits?

Using mineral spirits is also one way of removing the paint from windows, which is also beneficial—one of the best methods to remove any remaining spray paint bits.

You can buy these kinds of spirits from local home improvement stores.

Use a rag, dampen it into the mineral spirit, and wipe down the window thoroughly. Move the rag from top to bottom.  You can use this method for the window frame.

Removing the paint with soap and water.

You can start your work by filling a bucket with warm water. And then, add one tablespoon (15 ml) of dish soap. It is better to put the dish soap first. A dish soap gets sudsy while filling a bucket.

You can soak the rag or a sponge in warm soapy water. And then wipe the paint out from the window.

If you do this method right after using white vinegar, the spray paint doesn’t have a chance to live longer on the window.

Simply saturate the paint with the help of warm water and soap.  Use a razor blade to remove the spray paint if you can not remove it with a rag.

A  razor blade should be positioned at a 45 gradus. You should be careful while scraping. You can often use soapy water to prevent the dryness of the paint on the window.

After removing the paint, polish the surface with a clean rag.

Using acetone to remove the spray paint from windows

You can find many ways to remove the spray paint from windows effectively. One of the ideal solutions to the problem is acetone. It helps you to upgrade old mirrors and glass doors.

You can use acetone for any glass except fiberglass because acetone can easily damage fiberglass by cracking the outer coating.

Paint thinner, nail polish remover, or lacquer thinner is considered the type of acetone product. You can use them to remove the paint from the window. This method is for both dried and wet paints.

  • Soak a clean, dry rag into the acetone.
  • Compress the surface covered with the paint.
  • Leave the rag for a few minutes.
  • Once the remover starts to soften the paint, buff it with a cloth.
  • Then clean the area with a dry rag dampened in warm water.
  • Scrub away the remaining acetone solution.
  • Wash the glass with warm, soapy water and dry it with a paper towel.

I must warn you that keep acetone far away from the frame and heat since it is super explosive.

How to get spray paint off windows with mineral spirits?

Whatever you choose, do not forget about your protective gear.  A well-ventilated area is also essential in removing the spray paint from windows, especially when using mineral spirits because mineral spirits are harmful chemical products that negatively affect your health.

Even if it is the most effective paint removal, you can only use it for fresh paint. Mineral spirits are considered one of the most inexpensive petroleum distillates.

1. You should apply the mineral spirits to the clean rag or a cotton ball.

2. Then, saturate the rag where the paint is applied.

3. Leave the rag for a few minutes since the paint spots will loosen after some time.

4. Rub the spray paint vigorously with the rag after removing the stains.

5. After removing the paint, wash the window

Using turpentine and alcohol to remove the paint from windows.

Turpentine is composed of monoterpene hydrocarbons. Some glass door constructors recommend using turpentine to remove the paint from windows. After using turpentine, try to dispose of the things you used.

As we know, rubbing alcohol can be used as a paint remover in many places. Also, you can use it for the window to get the paint off. But be careful; use 90% concentrated rubbing alcohol. It should be at least 70%. Otherwise, the paint doesn’t soften as you want.

The cleaning process of turpentine and alcohol is the same as the mineral spirits.

Removing spray paint from windows with a pressure washer

You must do this method outside, on garage floors, or in the driveway. A pressure washer is a safe and efficient, especially if the object is your car. Water pressure should be low to avoid breaking or damaging the window and window frames.

At the beginning of the work, test the pressure of the water. Spray the water safely at a 40-45 degree angle to the window.

Get spray paint off windows with a razor blade and paint scraper

This method is somehow tricky. Because you can accidentally damage the glass using a razor blade or paint scraper.

But if you want to use these instruments to remove the spray paint, keep reading. I will show you the safest and easiest way of removing the paint with the help of a paint scraper and a razor blade.

This method is helpful for the remained paint.  You can not try it for the whole surface.

So, the razor blade’s edge should be handled at a 30- to 45-degree angle to the window. Move the razor blade upwards to the window at the end of the stroke.

The window should be wet to avoid scratching the surface. If you scratch the window, stop working and change the razor blade or paint scraper to the new one.

After finishing the work, wash the window with glass cleaner or warm soapy water. Try to use a paper towel to dry the surface. A clean microfiber rag is also handy to use for the last process.

Removing spray paint from the glass with fine steel wool

Many try this method to remove paint from windows after reconstructing their houses. Fine steel wool doesn’t scratch the glass when lubricating the surface with warm soapy water or olive oil.

But try to be careful fine steel must be new. Otherwise, it can easily damage the glass.

Removing spray paint from metal windows

The removal process from metal windows will be implemented with harsh chemicals to make the window’s surface as shiny as possible. Before work, you must wear protective gear and unique clothes covering your whole body.

Step 1

Choose a metal or glass bucket for the stripper since the bucket is easy to apply. It is more guarded to use a stripper, which is specially formulated for metal instruments.

Try to read the manufacturers’ instructions carefully at the beginning of the work because the curing times of each stripper may differ from one another.  If you don’t pay attention to the curing time, it may affect your result.

Never use plastic buckets or styrofoam containers for strippers. It may melt them after some time, and the liquid flows outside.

Step 2

Now you can apply the stripper to the metal frame and wait a few minutes. A coat of the stripper should be thicker as possible. The curing time lasts approximately 20-30 minutes.

If the paint starts to bubble up, it is a sign of the working of your stripper. After peeling off all the paint, you can do the next step.

Step 3

In this process, scrape all the paint from the window with a nylon brush or scraper. You can also use a scrubbing pad to chip away the cracking paint. If dried paint is on the window, you can reapply the stripper until the metal window is clear.

For hard-to-reach crevices, try to use a wire brush.

Step 4

Wash the window frame and then dry it with a clean rag. You should dip a clean rag into warm water and thoroughly wipe down the window to remove the stripper. Finally, you can wipe the surface with a paper towel or a clean, dry rag.

Final thoughts

Removing spray paint from a window may be challenging and takes much longer than expected. But you can achieve an accessible and satisfying result using the abovementioned methods.

Vinegar ( white vinegar), acetone, mineral spirits, razor blade, and stripper can help you to solve the problem. Just try and test one of them and see a fair result. I am sure that the conclusion will make you happy.


Can spray paint be removed from windows?

Spray paint can be removed from windows using two critical chemicals, Ammonia and Vinegar. Take a spray bottle and fill it with an equal amount of Ammonia and Vinegar. Now spray the paint on the window and wait 10-15 minutes. The paint will start softening, and wiping it with a cloth will easily remove it.

How do you remove dried spray paint?

To remove dried spray paint:

  1. Scrape off excess paint with a plastic scraper or razor blade.
  2. Apply a suitable paint remover and let it sit.
  3. Scrub the paint with a brush or sponge.
  4. Rinse or wipe away the loosened paint.
  5. Repeat if needed.
  6. Clean and dry the surface.

How do you get graffiti off a window?

To get graffiti off a window, you’re better off with a commercial product than a household chemical you might find in your bathroom. Or. Check at the hardware store or a home improvement center for Graffiti Remover.

For example, I recommend off-the-shelf Graffiti Remover from Zep – it’s cheap, effective, and very easy to use. In addition, try soap, water, and a toothbrush or sponge to scrub the graffiti markings away.

Rub the soap into the surface of the glass and scrub it with a toothbrush, sponge, or cloth.