If you have recently had your home painted, you will likely have to deal with paint on your windows. While some painters are more careful than others, no painter is perfect. Hopefully, you find painters that work in an organized manner and practice discipline, and they will not get any paint on the windows. In that ideal world, neither you nor your window washer would need to worry about a thing.
Back to Reality
While having a fresh paint job with no pesky paint on your windows sounds nice, let’s get back to reality. It is pretty unlikely your windows will not get a little paint on them. We have seen a lot of new paint jobs –trust me when I say a lot! Moreover, we are happy when it is just a few windows with a little bit of overspray.
Sure, some companies do a better job than others. Sloppier companies get overspray on all of the windows, and we have seen this plenty of times. You will want to avoid painters like this as much as possible. Just look up some reviews online and you will be able to tell how clean and precise a painter is. This small step can save you a big headache down the line.
Getting Rid of Paint
Luckily, removing the paint from the glass is pretty straightforward. This is particularly the case if it is just a little overspray. Usually, we can scrape it off with a scraper. The glass will usually clean up nicely and look good as new. Occasionally, we might charge a little extra for it, but not a whole lot, as cleaning with a scraper is not that difficult.
While cleaning with a scraper is not too expensive, there is a small problem; there is a risk of scratching the glass with this method. The risk is low, but if the windows get scratched, there isn’t much that can be done. We always like to warn clients about these risks before we begin using a scraper.
Types of Glass to Scrape
How your glass windows respond to scraping often is a result of the material they’re made of. Tempered glass contains fabricating debris, so it should not be scraped. Annealed glass, which is what most windows are made of, doesn’t have this problem and can be scraped without much risk of scratching. Nevertheless, we require our customers to sign a scratch damage waiver before we do any scraping.
What Not to Do
If you find paint on your windows, you may decide to call your painter and have him take care of it. We do not recommend this. They will probably be willing to come out and scrape your glass with a razor in an effort to placate you. Nevertheless, most painters do not know what they are doing when it comes to scraping glass, nor do they understand the difference between tempered and annealed glass. As such, this often leads to more harm than good.
Glass should only be scraped when it is wet with soap and water. No exceptions! However, I have never known a painter to do it this way. Any experienced window washer will tell you the same. If you are looking for the best person to scrape your glass without scratching it up, then you need to hire a professional. By hiring a professional window washer, you can be assured that your glass will come back paint- and scratch-free!