If you arrived at work today and discovered that someone spray painted graffiti all over your building's plate glass windows, then you will be pleased to know that you can easily remove it. Quickly removing the spray paint is important so that it does not deter shoppers from coming into your store.
Use these five simple steps to remove the spray paint from your windows and prevent this problem in the future:
Step 1: Try Rubbing Alcohol
If the spray paint on your windows is only a few hours post-application, then you should try removing it with rubbing alcohol. Use a sponge with a non-scratching scrubber to help loosen up the paint. The rubbing alcohol acts as a solvent and allows you to wipe the dissolved paint away easily.
Step 2: Try Kerosene or Gasoline
If rubbing alcohol doesn't work because the paint has had too much time to dry, then you can use either kerosene or gasoline to remove it. Place some gas or kerosene into a small ceramic bowl and dip a clean cotton rag into it. Apply the kerosene using a scrubbing motion. Work from the top of the window downward so that you clean up drips before they land on the building's painted surfaces.
Step 3: Use a Razor Blade
To remove any remaining spray paint on the plate glass windows, use a single-sided, thin razor blade. Hold the razor blade nearly flat on the surface of the window and gently scrape off any paint using quick upward strokes. Do not scratch the glass with the razor blade or you will need to buff the scratches out of the glass.
Step 4: Buff the Glass Using a Glass Buffing Paste
If designs were scratched into your plate glass windows, or you knicked them with the razor, then you can remove them by using a glass buffing paste. Glass paste has small synthetic diamond particles inside of it and, when used with a soft buffing pad, will remove scratches from your windows because the diamonds are harder than the glass.
Step 5: Have an Anti-Graffiti Coating Installed
You will be pleased to know that you can prevent future graffiti by having a glass contractor install an anti-graffiti coating on the exterior side of our building's windows. The specialized film prevents spray paint from adhering to the outside of the windows and can be replaced if it becomes damaged from vandals scratching into it with knives or other sharp tools.
For more tips about getting paint off your windows, or for help doing so, contact a company like Atlantic Cleaning Services.