I need to scrape paint off of a bunch of windows where the painters painted over the glass. I know I can use a razor, but that takes a long time.

Are there any power tools that I could use to make the process faster?

  • How much of the glass is painted? Is it just like a 1/8th of an inch or slopped on? – Gary Bak Aug 16 '18 at 17:21
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    Power tools on glass? Let us know how THAT works out ! – Alaska Man Aug 16 '18 at 17:56
  • Get one of those old time vibrators that straps to your hand and hold the razor tool and let the vibrations do the work. – Ed Beal Aug 16 '18 at 19:10

No no no, you really don't want to do that

As Alaska Man says... "power tools near glass, what could go wrong?"

I strip a lot of paint off a lot of windows because I hate masking. And it's not super-easy latex paint either - it's alkyds or LPUs (which are a fight) or worse, 2-pack epoxy primer, which has an uncanny bite on glass (how??) Or silicone sealants.

Just go to town with a bottle of Windex and a stack of sharp razor blades. It's really fast work, and I don't see how a power tool could help. Keep the area wet with Windex. If you don't want to waste Windex that way, dilute any lliquid soap; the purpose is to lubricate the razor blade to keep it from scratching and extend its life. Let a good rain take the soap away and windex it at the end. Do Not Do This Dry.

If it's slow going, you're doing it dry, or using dull razor blades (change those lickity split, they are your enemy as they will scratch the glass! Also, there are no medals/awards for conserving razor blades, and they recycle 100% because the landfill shreds your trash and runs a magnet over it to pick up ferrous waste).

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