How to Clean Wood Stain off of Glass

Removing Wood Stain From Glass

Decorating can be a messy business and no matter how many precautions that you take there is always a little spillage, paint, emulsion or even wood stain drips onto the window or your favorite glass table.

Paint, emulsion and wood stain if still wet are quite simple to deal with just wipe over the surface with a damp cloth and the stain is gone in seconds.

If you miss the spillage though and it has time to dry out then removing the stain can be a little more difficult.

The thing in your favor is that when paint, emulsion or even wood stain dries on a glass surface is that it can be removed quite easily without damaging or scratching the glass.

White Spirit or Turpentine

white spirit, paint thinner or Turpentine are ideal for removing wet oil based paint or wood stain from a glass surface.
white spirit, paint thinner or Turpentine are ideal for removing wet oil based paint or wood stain from a glass surface. | Source

Wet Wood Stain And Wet Paint Removal

Like paint there are two different types of wood stain, one is a water based solution and the other is an oil based solution.

To remove oil based paints or wood stain from any surface when they are still wet is a simple task, all that you have to do is give the affected area a wipe with a soft cloth dipped in either some paint thinner or turpentine and the stain is gone in seconds.

Remember to use a damp cloth afterwards though to clean off any paint thinner or turpentine residue.

To remove water based paints or wood stain from any surface when they are still wet is even easier all that you have to do is wipe the affected area with a damp cloth and again the paint is gone in seconds.

Double Edged Razor Blade

A double edged razor blade is the best tool to use to remove dried in paint or woodstain from a glass surface.
A double edged razor blade is the best tool to use to remove dried in paint or woodstain from a glass surface. | Source

Removal Of Dried Wood Stain From Glass

Dry wood stain or paint is almost as easy to remove from glass surfaces as wet wood stain or paint. The best thing to do though is wait until it has completely dried and make sure that it is not sticky or tacky. If you try to remove it too soon you will have a far more difficult task on your hands.

Trying to remove paint or wood stain that is still tacky will spread the stain even more over the glass surface.

A drip of paint drops like a bubble onto the surface it will keep its teardrop shape even when it has dried out, these are the easiest dried stains to remove. The best tool to for this job is a simple fingernail a simple pick and flick and it is gone forever.

An accidental brush stroke on your glass surface or a small spillage is a little more difficult to remove. If the stain has been there for a little time and has started to dry out then it is best to wait for around 48 hours for the paint or wood stain to completely dry out.

The best tool to use for this job is a double edged razor blade use it as a scraper to quickly and easily remove paint or wood stain..

A double edged razor blade is as you can imagine a very sharp object but it is soft enough to remove the dried in paint easily without scratching the glass surface.

Take great care when using a double edged razor blade always remember it is double sided and always cover the side you are holding with a piece of cloth or leather to avoid a trip to A&E.

You may find that the paint was only dry to the touch and was still a little tacky inside and it smears a little as you try to scrape it off, because it is still tacky you will find that a cloth dipped in paint thinner or white spirit will remove those smears too.

when done all that is left is to clean your glass in the normal way and your surface will be like it was before your painting accident.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Very useful tips Jimmy! I'm sure many people will find this useful.


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jimmythejock 4 years ago from Scotland Author

Thanks Sunshine, glad to help.....jimmy


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Great tips for those DIY home improvement types! Simple and straightforward. Rated up and shared! Best, Steph

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