While decorating a room or furniture or just letting the kids do craftwork by using spray paint, it might splatter on to the nearby mirror. The question is how to get spray paint off mirror? It’s simple, just ask “Mirror mirror on the wall, how to erase paint mark from you all? And the mirror might reply:
Unlike any ordinary paint, aerosol paint commonly known as spray paint marks sticks to glass surfaces firmly. The particles of spray paint are so thin and flat that it dries off quickly. And once it is dried stubbornly, it lasts as it is for many days. That’s one positive side, but the most significant negative side of using spray paint is that little dots of color will cover the entire nearby area.
Now, to take precaution and protect all other pieces of stuff from getting spotted, it is safe to move them elsewhere in the house. But immovable furniture or other fixed wall hangings like mirror can’t be taken out of place, so what can be done about it?
- You can cover them with old bedsheets which you won’t use anyways
- You can hide them under plastic sheets
- You can cover them up with newspaper
- Or if you want to cover some edges, you can simply use masking tape known as painters tape which is pressure sensitive and made of thin and easy to tear the paper
These are few precaution suggestions to save you from damaging your valuable items. Now coming to the main part of removing spray paint from mirror surface:
How to Get Spray Paint Off Mirror: 7 Simple Methods to Follow
Use Nail Polish Remover
Nail polish remover is the most trouble-free method to erase spray paint off the mirror as it is readily available in nearby stores. Nail polish remover is made from ethanol and acetic acid, which helps the spray paint to come off quickly. Just dip a cotton ball, or you can use a folded paper towel to get soaked with nail polish remover and gently wipe over the paint spill area to clear it. You can use as much as remover needed with standard pressure to not to break the glass. In this technique, no harm to the surface of the mirror will be made.
Try Easy-Off Oven Cleaner
To protect your hands from the harmful effect of the chemical, use rubber gloves. Sometimes spray paint is not evenly distributed at places. In some areas, they are thin and quickly come off, and in some places, they are so thick and robust, which needs a bit of strength and redoing the cleaning tactic.
To use easy off oven cleaner just spray it over the paint but make sure that it only touches the glass surface and not any wooden design part of the mirror. Otherwise, its polish can be damaged. Let the cleaner be set for 30 seconds then you can use a scrubber to scrub off the paint. If the thick part doesn’t come off in the first go, then reapply the cleaner a bit heavily on the specific spot, wait for few seconds and scrub again. In this way, you’ll get a paint-free perfectly shining mirror.
Aceton serves as an essential solvent basically for cleaning purposes. If the tricks as mentioned above don’t work, then try acetone instead. It is much stronger than regular nail polish remover. To save your skin from drying out in too much exposure, wear rubber gloves before dealing with acetone. You can use a soft cotton cloth to wipe off the paint dots. You have to rub continuously with a circular motion to get the best result.
Without calling for any professional help, you can recover your damaged glass by using a product named SoSafe. It comes in multiple color-coded differently specialized formulas which are designed to work on different surfaces. “SoSafe Yellow Graffiti Remover CSSY5” is the most gentle of all the paint removers.
Though it works slowly, it allows removal of paint from a sensitive surface like thin glass one layer at a time without damaging the surface. On the other hand, the green one is formulated to work faster than the yellow one, especially in cooler temperature. Usage instruction is very simple:
- Wear rubber gloves
- Spray so safe cleaner on the paint marks
- Let it sit for at least 30 seconds or highest 90 seconds
- Scrub the marks with makeup removal pad or whatever material easily available to you
- Lastly, wipe away the cleaner and paint with a wet cloth
Use Paint Thinner
If the paint has dried for a few days and turned rock hard, then the gentle removers won’t work on them. Other than acetone you can have some help from other paint thinners like- turpentine, Naphtha, Toluene. Just dip a corner of cotton cloth into the thinner and rub around the messed up area. To remind you again – don’t forget to wear rubber gloves. To loosen up thick paint, wait for a little while to let the thinner do its magic of dissolving the paint and then wipe it off.
Try Using Scraper
If you have an allergic problem of using chemical elements, then you can ditch the liquids and stick to the old method of scraping paint off the mirror with a sharp blade. To soften up the color and make them stick together instead of breaking up, first use soapy water that will also prevent the mirror from having scratches.
Scratching your glass depends on how much pressure you put on while scrapping. In that case, you have to be very cautious. For best result, use hot water with few drops of liquid soap in it. Apply the soapy water on the spots with a small hand towel generously. Then wait for 2 to 3 minutes. Push the scraper from one side to another and gently lift it from the glass after finishing one stroke. Remember not to drag the blade backward; otherwise, it can have the possibility of making a scratch on your glass.
If you hear a rough sound stop immediately as it means the blade is defective and you have to replace it. Continue the process until all the unwanted paint mark is gone. Do a final wash with soapy water to make the mirror squeaky clean.
If you want to know how you can remove spray paint off mirror but don’t have access to the resources mentioned above, you might try this one. A light-duty heat gun is similar to a hairdryer. So it won’t feel that much heavy while using. Though using the heat gun method is a bit tricky and time-consuming. But if you have the patience, then why not try it. Again, in the beginning, you can use the soapy water method to soften the paint first. Then use the heat gun.
But keep in mind very firmly that you should not use a heat gun continuously. As using a hairdryer continually can overheat your hair and split the ends. Similarly, a heat gun can break your glass if used continuously. So, to avoid breaking the glass use the gun, pause for a few moments, the again do and stop. Continue this process until the paint turns into a dark and transparent color. Then just finish the process by wiping the paint off with soap water-soaked cloth.
Do let me know which of the methods above worked for you. Have any other methods that might help to get spray paint off a mirror? Comment below and I’ll try myself. I can even add to the methods above.