What is the easiest way to clean enamel paint off steel window frames

Heila Butters
by Heila Butters
The window putty was also poorly put in. Is there an easy way to remove or repair it?
  10 answers
  • Pat Ruge Pat Ruge on Jun 03, 2017

    I would advise to use a heat gun and a putty knife. Be careful not to get the glass to hot as it might break.

  • Gary Gary on Jun 03, 2017

    Heat gun for the paint sounds good. But I think the putty removal needs to be done with hammer and chisel. It's hard work.

  • Richard Richard on Jun 03, 2017

    Lacquer thinner is the best choice for paint; But use this out side. If you get use to the smell it will make you high. This is what a professional painter uses on paint. The putty may need something else.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jun 03, 2017

    If you plan to remove the putty, don't be concerned about the paint. It will come off with the putty.

    If you are just going to paint, most painters just scrape it down to get off whatever paint is flaking. On the aluminum, (most window frames are aluminum, not steel) after scraping you can go over it with a wire brush.Then use a good enamel paint or a top line paint - not a cheap one.

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    • Gary Gary on Jun 05, 2017

      From the pix you posted, these are definitely Steel Window Frames. I found that Cold Galvanizing Paint is the best to use on the steel. It is also available in different colours. Good Luck.

  • Judy Judy on Jun 03, 2017

    This should be done as the work was done. You can use a damp cloth, and have a putty knife handy, and you can clean this up. Do a neat job, and then you can paint over the putty, if you desire. Best wishes, J.

  • Merry Mount Merry Mount on Jun 03, 2017

    Be careful. Odds are you are dealing with lead based paint. Do not sand. Be careful. I would use a st

  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Jun 03, 2017

    Sorry but good old fashioned hard work - sandpaper / sander / scraper.

  • Tami Stone Tami Stone on Jun 03, 2017

    Mineral Spirits on the frame & use a razor blade to scrape the glass. Mineral Spirits will not hurt anything.

  • I would start with mineral spirits.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 16, 2024

    Use Goggles, Painters Scraper, Wire Brush, then if yu have one an electric sander to finish up the job!