A Thank You To My Father

A Thank You To My Father

How To Remove Graffiti Without Having To Replace Your Window

Zoe Gonzalez

One of the most frustrating and unexpected things that a lot of new business-owners experience is graffiti on their storefront windows. Glass can be extremely expensive to replace, and if you're not prepared for the extra expense, it can be hard to come back from. But instead of replacing your glass right away, try removing the graffiti yourself. There are a few materials people use to defile windows, and each one has a different removal method. Here are the most common ways and how to deal with them.

  1. Painted On Graffiti: If the graffiti on your window is merely painted on, you are in luck. This is the easiest graffiti to remove. All you have to do is take a spray bottle with a little bit of dish soap mixed with warm water and spray it on the window. Let it soak for a few minutes, then use a glass scraper to scrape off the paint. Just be sure to scrape in only one direction and hold the scraper at an angle so you don't scratch the window. Once you've done that, use vinegar and a clean cloth to wipe off any remaining bits of paint and you're done.
  2. Scratched In Graffiti: This type of graffiti is a little harder to remove, but it can be done. First you clean the glass with glass cleaner, and then do the same thing you did for removing paint to get all the paint out of the scratches. The only difference is that you can scrape in any direction you want to get all the paint off. Once that is done, all you need is glass cleaner and a buffer. Clean the glass once again, and then get a buffer. You can rent or buy one, but be sure to use a fine-grade buffing pad and work the scratches out in slow, circular motions. Once the scratch is no longer visible, clean the glass again and you're good to go.
  3. Etched In Graffiti: This is the hardest method to remove and may require professional services if you can't get it out yourself. But before you call, try using lamb's wool cloth and jeweler's rouge.  Just apply the rouge to the cloth and rub it in using a circular motion. Once all of the etching has been removed, use ammonia and water to clean it. If this doesn't work, call a professional.

Graffiti is ugly and frustrating to business owners, but there is hope. Try these methods yourself, and then if you can't get it all out, call someone who can help you. Replacing your window should be the last resort.


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A Thank You To My Father

My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.