For some of us, there is nothing quite so annoying as specks or spots of paint on a mirror. The mirror reflects ourselves, for one thing, and for another, there is simply the fact that a mirror should always shine! Today I’m going to tell you how to get spray paint off a mirror so that you can get your glass to looking it’s best again.
A number of great tips are out there from noted sites such as Suggesthow and RepaintNow and we’ve created a collection of some of the most common and effective methods so that you can find a technique that’s a good fit for you.
Without further ado, let’s talk about how to get spray paint off a mirror!
Removing paint from a mirror without chemicals
Some folks don’t like to go the chemical route and I understand that. Maybe you want to keep things ‘Green’ or simply have a sensitivity to harsh chemicals. Whatever your reasons, I’ve got you covered. This is how to remove paint without chemicals by using either a hairdryer or by using scraping tools to do it.
Note: You should try the hairdryer first. Scraping can scratch your mirror if you aren’t careful, so you should only try that if you have a steady hand and a lot of confidence. I’m only recommending it as it is a common alternative but I can’t stress this enough… you CAN scratch your mirror if you aren’t careful.
You might not know it, but a little heat from your hairdryer will work for some minor spots and specks of paint without having to resort to caustic chemicals. Below you’ll find what you’ll need and the steps to get it done:
What you’ll need:
- Standard hair dryer
- Spray bottle full of soapy water
- Soft cloth
First off, you will want to spray some soapy water on your mirrors surface to help weaken the paint. Next, we will further weaken it by placing your hair dryer on its hottest setting and then waving it in front of the paint to get the area warmer.
Spray your cloth to get it a little wet and give the paint a little elbow grease with your wiping and with a little patience it should start coming off of your mirror. When you are done, just clean your mirror normally and you should be good!
Old-fashioned scraping method
The method that your grandparents used is still popular and for good reason. With a steady hand you can quickly remove paint from a mirror and get it back to its original luster quite quickly and efficiently. The caveat, however, is the risk of scratching and you really want to keep this in mind if you wish to attempt this method. Steps and supplies are detailed below:
What you’ll need:
- Razor blade, window scraper, or fine steel wool
- Bucket of soapy water
This method is a little on the risky side so do not attempt this if you aren’t confident that you can keep your patience about you and steady hands. If you are wondering how to get spray paint off a mirror with a razor, a window scraper, or steel wool then just use the following method.
It’s rather like shaving, really.
Lubricate your mirror with the soapy water and then with your window scraper or razor, you can slowly ‘shave’ away the paint. With steel wool, you would instead use small, light, circular motions to slowly abrade the paint without scratching the glass.
Keep the glass lubricated and use this method patiently and you can get your mirror cleaned up fairly quickly, just don’t rush or you might scratch your expensive glass!
When you’ve finished, lets your soapy water evaporate outside so that you can remove the dried paint chips safely at a later time.
Using Acetone or paint thinner to remove paint from a mirror
Acetone and paint thinner are another staple method for getting stubborn paint off your shiny mirror. If you want to know how to get spray paint off a mirror with paint thinner or acetone then simply use the supplies and steps detailed below:
Acetone or paint thinner method
These chemicals can remove paint from your mirror but they are a bit on the aromatic and acidic side. Make sure if you use them that you only do so in a well-ventilated area and be sure to wear gloves to keep the cleaning agents off of your skin. That said, just use the steps and supplies below to try this method:
What you’ll need:
- Acetone or paint thinner
- Latex gloves
- Cotton balls
Place a little acetone of paint thinner in a small container so that you can dab a cotton ball in the solution. Next, you’ll need to put in a little elbow grease. Start giving that paint a thorough rubbing with
“You should see it start to flake off in response.”
your acetone or paint thinner cotton ball and you should see it start to flake off in response. Dip and repeat frequently until it is removed and make sure to always keep your cotton ball a little wet.
It’s a slow, steady process but the acetone or paint thinner should safely remove the paint. If you have a particularly stubborn patch of spray paint, just saturate the cotton ball and rob a thin coat of the chemicals onto the paint and let it sit for 2 – 3 minutes before you start back to giving it a good scrubbing.
Don’t forget to use your gloves, goggles, and facemask, as you definitely don’t want any of these chemicals to get on your lips, hands, or eyes. These are toxic chemicals but if you use them responsibly then you can get a lot done.
When you’ve finished, use soap and water to get the chemicals off and then clean the mirror normally. Soaping it off gives you a better chance of avoiding any chemical reactions, depending on what type of cleaner that you are using, and is just a good idea in general so don’t skip that step.
Removing paint with nail polish remover
My final method on how to remove spray paint from a mirror is an oldy, but goody. You can use standard nail polish remover. Just use the steps below and see if this does the trick for you:
Nail polish method
What you’ll need:
For older paint, paint-stripping paste might be ideal, but nail polish remover can also get a good amount of paint off a mirror with a little work and patience. Simply apply a little nail polish remover to a folded-up paper towel and start wiping down any minor areas of paint spatter that you are looking to remove.
Note, this will only work for very minor paint, but if there is only a small amount that you have to remove then it is quick and might just be ideal for you.
Once you have removed the little spots of paint which you are targeting, then fold up another paper towel and put some white vinegar on it to give the mirror a rubdown and to shine it up to its former glory.
Some final words
That’s how to remove spray paint from a mirror, folks. Just a little patience, elbow grease, and the method of your choosing. All of the methods which we have detailed today come highly recommended and can get the job done. Just be patient with your method so that you don’t scratch your mirror and don’t try those scraping methods if you are uncertain or if your mirror is an antique.
Better safe than sorry! Until next time, I wish you the best!