Asked on Aug 07, 2016

Cleaning dried paint from from plexiglass

by Edn7380614
The paint is dry and I know most cleaners will fog plexiglass. Can I use vinegar or goo-gone?
  10 answers
  • William William on Aug 07, 2016
    Vinegar won't do anything. Try some goo gone in an inconspicuous area first. Put some on a paper towel and let it soak for a while. Rubbing alcohol may also work. Put some on a paper towel and let it soak also. NON ACETONE nail polish remover will work. Do the same as the other products. WD-40 should work. Spray it directly on the plexi, let it sit, and wipe it off. Then clean the plexi with window cleaner and wipe with a terry cloth so as not to scratch the plexi. Good luck. Let me know how it works out.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 08, 2016
    Chemicals on plexiglass may cause more damage. I would opt for trying Mr. Clean Magic eraser.
  • Don1982471 Don1982471 on Aug 08, 2016
    If it is water base paint try alcohol
  • Frannie Leidy Frannie Leidy on Aug 08, 2016
    pine sol works for removing paint also...
  • S S on Aug 08, 2016
  • Corinne Schwindt Corinne Schwindt on Aug 09, 2016
    Vaseline works wonders with paint on glass...may work on plexi glass as well.
  • Pam Kapson Todisco Pam Kapson Todisco on Apr 17, 2019

    I bought older house with paint on door plex windows and did not want to spend a lot on repairs. Nail polish remover worked wonders. Window cleaner after. No scrubbing no scratch.

  • Missy Burch Missy Burch on Sep 09, 2020

    i have the same issue. alcohol didn't work, neither did mineral spirits. acetone sorta worked. but it left a smeared mess. so i'm hesitant to try non-acetone nail polish. i have an entire screen door that's painted that i need to remove paint from. i tried one patch & it's just a mess now. scraping won't work- it will just be scratches all over. i don't see a magic eraser doing a thing to remove it, much less vaseline.

  • Bob Bruce Bob Bruce on Sep 18, 2020

    Rejoice! I have cleaned old paint from clear plexiglass!

    Use a pencil torch to melt the paint very briefly - just enough to see it go runny. Wipe off with a cotton cloth. It will leave a milky residue which can be easily polished off with 'extra' cut car polish. Use a scraper with a 45deg edge made of plexiglass to scrape smaller residual patches.

    Do not dwell on the heating! - as soon as you see the melted paint on the surface just wipe it off. Absolutely no damage to the plexiglass, clear as a bell.

  • Kim Kim on Sep 09, 2021

    I tried mineral spirits and goof off. The chemicals made me nervous & didn't work. I didn't want to use any abrasive. I wouldn't even tempt a hot gun! However, I was using a wood paint stick hoping not to scratch it. I was doing it under hot water - I was making progress!! So I submerged it in the bathtub with the hottest water possible and took a nylon dish scrubber to it. It worked!! The heat of the hot water and then the scrubber took off all the over spray of cabinet paint from my spray painter.