I have a couple stained glass windows that look to have paint around the outsides from previous owner painting the trim. Any suggestions on removing the paint without damaging or am I out of luck?

  • use a razor blade, or a box cutter blade, to scrape the paint off the glass – jsotola Oct 9 '20 at 2:42
  • The rough texture of the glass seems to point to a chemical stripper or solvent, as scraping will be difficult. With either chemical or mechanical method I think you should prepare for having to repaint the wood molding, due to there being so much paint so close to it. – Jimmy Fix-it Oct 9 '20 at 13:35

I have used Citristrip often to remove paint from windows after the painters have left. It works on stained glass. You brush it on thin and only have to wait for 10 minutes or so and then wipe it off. Avoid getting it on the trim because it'll remove that paint too. As with all cleaners, try it in a small spot to see how it works. enter image description here

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    Great answer, Jack! I've used CitriStrip many times and it's great. Environmentally friendly, yet works great. Like the label says, "no harsh fumes" (true), it smells like oranges or lemons. I know product recommendations are frowned upon here, but this is a great product that deserves recommendation. + – George Anderson Oct 9 '20 at 2:22
  • any citrus based solvent would probably work – jsotola Oct 9 '20 at 2:40
  • Are you sure that this won't dissolve the putty that helps secure the panes? – Mattman944 Oct 9 '20 at 13:05
  • I don't see any external putty, just wood and soldered lead "came". If done properly, the glass panes are bedded in a small amount of putty, but that is behind the wood molding. – Jimmy Fix-it Oct 9 '20 at 13:40

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