How To Remove Spray Paint Graffiti From Your Grocery Store's Windows

Posted on: 4 March 2016

If your grocery store is located in an area with a high crime rate, then it is important for you to know how to remove spray paint from its windows. Unfortunately, tagging can negatively affect the look of your business and can lead to customers finding alternative places to do their grocery shopping.

Follow these steps to remove the unsightly spray paint graffiti from your grocery store's windows:

Step 1: Use a Paint Solvent

The easiest way to remove spray paint from plate glass windows is to use one of the following readily available solvents:

  • gasoline
  • kerosene
  • rubbing alcohol
  • paint stripper

Apply the solvent of your choice to the window using a thick cotton rag or a scrubber sponge. Make sure that you wear gloves and safety glasses to protect yourself from the chemicals.

Rub the solvent onto the window, let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe the window with a clean cotton rag. For a thick paint application, you may need to apply the solvent more than one time to completely remove it.

Step 2: Remove Paint Spots Using a Razor Blade

After cleaning the window with a solvent, there still may be some spots of paint that are left behind that don't want to come loose. You can easily lift off these spots by using a single-sided razor blade. Place the razor blade on the glass at a low angle just below the spots and scrape off the paint by moving the razor blade in an upward motion. When you are removing the paint spots, be careful not to scratch the glass.

Step 3: Have Scratches Professionally Buffed Out of the Glass

If the vandals scratched a design into your storefront windows when they were tagging them, then you will need to have the glass professionally buffed. A glass contractor can easily buff the glass using a special sanding pad that will remove the scratches and restore a clear appearance to the glass.

Step 4: Have an Anti-Graffiti Film Installed on the Glass Windows

Finally, you can prevent future spray paint tagging damage to your storefront's windows by having a glass professional install a specialized anti-graffiti film on the outside of the windows. This anti-graffiti fill will resist the spray paint and won't let it adhere to the glass. Additionally, the anti-graffiti film is designed to resist scratching as well. If the film becomes damaged, then it can easily be removed and replaced.

Contact a window and door company like Access Door & Glass Inc for more information.