How to Remove Melted Plastic or Nylon from a Glass Surface

Plastic Melted to the Glass

The nylon melted

What do you do when you need to get plastic off of glass

It's been a while, but I once melted plastic utensils on a stove surface and needed to get the plastic off without damaging the surface. This weekend, our daughter put her coat up against an indoor fireplace with a glass door to warm it up. In seconds the nylon had melted and adhered to the glass front of the fireplace. Ugh. Not only was the jacket ruined, we need to get the plastic removed from the glass door (it's not our house).

Razor Blade and WD 40 will get plastic off of glass

A quick trip to the store for supplies

We were out of town, so we headed to the local grocery store to pick up supplies to clean the plastic off the glass surface.

Needed supplies

  • Razor blades with a handle to do the scraping
  • WD40 acts as a loosening lubricant

Spray with WD40 and then scrape

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Doing the scraping

WD40 is flamable, so if you are doing it on a stove or fireplace glass, make sure the flames are out. Second, razor blades are incredibly sharp and it takes a bit of force to widdle away the the plastic from the glass, so be sure to push away from your body and to be careful.

Start by spraying the plastic with WD 40 and then use the razor blade to scrape it away in small pieces. Once finished scraping either vacuum up or sweep up the shaved plastic pieces and throw them away.

Clean the glass at the end

Clean the glass

Using a bit of windex or other type of glass cleaner, clean the window once all the plastic has been chipped off. The windex with a towel will cut through the remaining WD 40 and make the window look nice and clean.

The good news is if you ever find yourself in this situation, no need to panic, just get the right tools and clean it up. In this case, the fireplace glass looks as good as new, too bad there isn't as easy of a solution to repair the melted liner of the jacket.

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Hopefully, I won't find myself in such a mess...but...now I know what to do if the worst should happen.

Good ol' WD-40--it belongs right up there with duct tape in the "fix-everything" tool kit.

Voted up, interesting and useful.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Just like DzyMsLizzy, i hope I don't get the chance to do this. LOL. Any tips on getting melted plastic on denim? Don't ask how I got it there in the first place.


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Lela Bryan 4 years ago from Alameda, CA

My neighbors post used tools on ebay and they clean up all of their tools with WD-40. The main ingredient is fish oil.


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Paul Edmondson 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

I've gotten one search referrer to this hub thus far for the term "how to get melted plastic off of glass fireplace" I hope the visitor was happy.


R. Mason 3 years ago

should not use metal objects to clean fireplace glass. Warm glass slightly and use a wooden spatula GENTLY to remove blobs of plastic. Then, after glass has cooled completely, use a toothbrush and GEL toothpaste. Takes a bit of time, but safer later than a razor blade which can leave micro scratches on the glass which can weaken it


tmcdanel 7 months ago

R. Mason,

You are quite incorrect. Glass is harder than steel, even the tempered steel of a good knife.

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