How To Easily Remove Spray Paint From Glass – 5 Easy Ways to Remove

How To Easily Remove Spray Paint From Glass

Did you know the most effortless way to remove spray from glass is to avoid spraying the glass? However, creating a mess is inevitable, whether uneven coating or over spraying that lands on a place you did not intend.

You can avoid creating a mess on the glass by using a cardboard sheet or a drop cloth. Below are some efficient tips on how to easily remove spray paint from glass.

Materials You May Need

(Most of these items are readily available in your pantry).

  • Spray Bottle
  • Window cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Clean cotton cloth
  • Glass measuring cup
  • White Vinegar
  • Razorblade
  • Bucket or any containers
  • Water (Lots of it)
  • Rubber gloves
  • An old toothbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint thinner/ fingernail polish
  • Clay bar

5 Easy Ways On How To Easily Remove Spray Paint From Glass

Take note that you will not use all of the above materials at once. You will have to mix one or two or even more materials if you try the different methods of removing paint spray from your glass.

1. Use a Sandpaper

You can use sandpaper to remove paint off the glass. The first step is to rinse the glass with water. Then you scrape the paints slowly using the sandpaper. Do not forget to do it gently; do not press the sandpaper too much that will cause the glass to be scratched.

2. Upcycle Your Old Toothbrush

First of all, take a slightly moistened washcloth and rub the stained glass with spray paint. Then use a dry cloth this time round to wipe the surface so that the leftover stain sticks. Finally, gently scrape the spray paint with a less favorite retired toothbrush.

3. Use a Paint Thinner

Besides cleaning stains attacking the tile floor, thinner can be used to remove spray paint from glass. Get a cotton cloth and ensure it drips in reasonably enough. Wash the place that you want to clean slowly.

Ensure you do not rub the spot against your hand to avoid the affected area from getting any wider.

Expect a strong odor from the thinner; therefore, you should clean your glass thoroughly again by washing it with more water. You can also use fingernail polish remover and the daub the paint away using a solvent-soaked rag.

4. Make Use of Vinegar

Vinegar is occasionally used as a cleaning agent. Combining water with vinegar in a 1:1 solution can clean surfaces such as windows or walls. The acid content can bury select substances allowing it to shed stubborn stains fixed on the glass surface. 

  • Fill up a measuring cup with a single cup of white vinegar and place it in the microwave to boil. Ensure you are wearing a pair of thick protective rubber gloves to shield your hand from the heat, and dip a clean rag into the liquid. Use a little elbow grease and the soaked rag and carefully rub the spray paint spots you want to remove. Boiling the vinegar helps to loosen the spray paint and makes it come off faster.
  • At this point, chances are there will still be paint spots, and it is time to add a little incentive. Fill a container with warm water and soap sufficient to make it foamy. Dip a different clean cloth into this solution and use it to get the spray paint spots remaining entirely. The soap you used is to make sure you do not scratch the glass accidentally.
  • Pick up a new and sharp razor blade for this part. Position the razor blade at a 45-degree angle from the glass. It is essential to maintain that angle to prevent scratching the glass. Press the blade in one slow and smooth movement to scrape the paint away. Do it facing one direction as you carefully remove the paint. Keep the wet and sudsy rag close to moisten the paint just in case it dries off again.
  • Once all the paint is removed, use your glass cleaner, and spray the spot where the paint previously was. Take a clean, dry rag to buff out streaks remaining on the glass to remove any obstructions for a clear vision. 

5. Use a Clay Bar

Clay bars are mostly used on overspray on vehicles, but they can work even better on the glass. They are found at big-box shops or even online, are amazingly affordable.

For this process, you should acquire some lubricant to go along with the clay bar. Also, have some soap, water, a simple auto body, or the spray that comes with the clay bar. 

  • Make a clean surface with the clay bar. If the clay bar is new, bend and twist it to make it a softer. If it is not new, twist it around your arms until you have created a tidy surface. You can keep using the clay bar until there is no longer a clean surface. If you twist it around your arm and still spot dirt, consider replacing the bar.
    It would be best if you stored the clay bar when not using it. If the bar catches dirt, it will scratch the glass surface when you use it.
  • Lubricate the glass surface with the spray paint. Before using the bar, you need to moisturize the surface. Depending on the surface, you can use a glass cleaner, auto body cleaner, or just soap and water. Spray the cleaner and use a wet cloth to ensure the spray-painted spot is lubricated. Rub the bar over the paint spot. The friction felt between the spray spot, and the clay bar signifies that it is working to remove the paint stain. Once the surface feels smoother, and the friction is less, it means the spray paint is off the glass.
  • The friction felt between the spray spot, and the clay bar signifies that it is working to remove the paint stain. Once the surface feels smoother, and the friction is less, it means the spray paint is off the glass.
  • Finally, spray an auto body cleaner or regular glass cleaner onto the cleaned surface. Use a damp cloth to wipe the surface, removing any residue left from the cleaning procedure.


If you follow the above methods the next time you don't know how to remove paint spray from your glass easily, you will be surprised how much energy and time you'll save for other incomplete projects. Try to avoid spraying the glass in the first place. But if you do, keep it wet long enough to be able to clean it off quickly. 

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