why you shouldn't attempt restoration repairs yourself

Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.

Remove Acrylic Spray Paint from Windowpanes on Your Home

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If someone vandalized your home by applying acrylic spray paint to a few of its windowpanes, you may be sickened by the thought of it causing permanent damage to the glass. Fortunately, this problem can be corrected with the following steps. Once you have removed the paint, the windowpanes will look as good as they did prior to the defacement of your property.

Materials

  • tarp
  • spray bottle
  • water
  • plastic putty knife
  • lightly-abrasive sponge
  • rubbing alcohol
  • paint thinner
  • plastic sheeting 
  • masking tape
  • mild detergent
  • water hose
  • glass cleaner
  • squeegee
  • lint-free cloth

Soften the Paint and Remove Thickly-Coated Sections

Cover the section underneath each windowpane with a tarp to collect paint chips as they fall. Fill a spray bottle with water and apply it to the paint. Wait a few minutes for the water to penetrate. The paint will begin to soften. Use the edge of a plastic scraper to loosen thickly-coated sections of paint. Place the tip of the tool under the edge of the paint and move the tool's handle to pry the paint loose. Do not press down firmly against the glass while completing this step because it could leave marks on the glass.

Remove the Remaining Paint

Use pieces of plastic sheeting to cover the window frames so that they are not exposed to the material that you use to remove the paint. Pour some rubbing alcohol or paint solvent onto a slightly damp sponge that has a slightly-abrasive surface. Move the sponge back and forth to remove the paint. Rinse the sponge with plain water as it becomes covered with paint and apply more rubbing alcohol or paint solvent to it as needed until all traces of the paint have vanished. 

Clean the Windowpanes

Use soapy water and a clean sponge to remove any traces of the rubbing alcohol or paint solvent that remains on the windowpanes. Rinse the glass off with a water hose. Clean each pane with standard glass cleaner and a squeegee. Move the squeegee firmly across the glass in straight lines. Use a lint-free cloth to remove any water drops that remain near the edge of each piece of glass. Remove the painter's tape and plastic sheeting that surrounds each window.

The windowpanes will look great and you will not be able to tell that they were ever vandalized. If you need further help, contact a service that specializes in glass graffiti removal.

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28 October 2015