Short post alert. Ever have a couple French doors that you avoid painting because the scraping part is enough to drive you legit batty?
Painters rejoice! Here is my super easy solution. And it’s way easier and faster than you think.
First – you need some tools. I use a drywall knife (also called a putty knife or a drywall scraper but you can use any sharp edged device – machetes, lawnmower blades and paring knives not recommended), a spray window cleaner (it’s important that it is either Windex brand or I have found Solutions Glass Cleaner and Multi-Surface Cleaner with vinegar at the Dollar Tree will work too!), paper towels (any brand will do).
It’s important that you attempt this before the paint has fully cured. Most latex paint takes about 30 days to fully cure. So after the paint has dried to the touch, it’s best to scrape within that first week (before curing).
So this is the complicated part….spray down the window pane. All of it.
You aren’t attempting to clean here. You are letting the paint on the glass get wet. Mind-blowing, I know.
Now take your sharp edged item (remember – no lawn mower blades), and draw a straight line where your edge will be. Go over it a couple times.
Then comes to the fun part – the scraping. You just simply take the flat part of the blade and scrape up.
The paint literally comes off like butter. Easier than butter if the butter was cold. More like semi-soft butter.
I average about fifteen seconds per pane from start to finish.
Some people asked me if I would ever tape a window or a French door again if I was spraying the painted trim in my house and the answer is No WAY. The scraping takes a lot less time – especially if the paint was thick…because that just makes this easier!
Hard to believe that just some window cleaner makes this chore so much easier but it really works. But don’t take my word for it. Go spend a dollar and find out for yourself 🙂