Removing And Preventing Paint Vandalism On Your Gas Station's Windows

Posted on: 29 March 2016

One of the downsides to owning a gas station in a high crime area is regularly dealing with spray paint graffiti removal. Since obvious signs of vandalism affect the overall look of your business and can drive away your customers, you will be happy to learn that you can easily remove the tagging paint from your gas station's windows. Additionally, you can ask a commercial glass company like Custom Glass Mirror Image LLC to polish the glass to remove any scratches and install an anti-graffiti film to prevent future damage.

Use this procedure to remove the unwanted spray paint from your gas station's plate glass windows:

Start with a Paint Solvent

To clean the majority of the spray paint from your gas station's tagged windows, start by using one of these paint solvents:

  • gasoline
  • kerosene
  • rubbing alcohol
  • paint stripper

Place the solvent of your choice onto a clean cotton rag and use it to wipe down the painted window. The solvent will dissolve the paint and it will come off on the rag. Use multiple rags and applications of the solvent until most of the paint has been removed from the plate glass windows. Small dots of paint that remain can be removed using a razor blade and a special scraping technique.

Scrape Stubborn Spots with a Razor Blade

Once you have cleaned your gas station's windows with a paint solvent, then you can remove any small remaining spots of paint with a razor blade. To make this project safer, use a single-sided razor blade, and wear garden gloves while scraping the glass clean. Place the razor blade against the glass and gently scrape off any paint spots and stubborn areas that did not come clean with the solvent. Keep the razor blade near the glass at a low angle and be careful that you do not scratch the glass.

Have the Glass Professionally Polished and Have Anti-Graffiti Film Installed

Finally, once the plate glass windows of your gas station have been cleaned and the spray paint removed, then you can assess the windows for scratches. Sometimes vandals will scratch the glass using a diamond ring or razor blade, and these scratches can easily be buffed out by a commercial glass contractor. Once the glass is smooth again, a special anti-graffiti film can be installed on the windows. This film will resist scratches and spray paint damage in the future and lower your costs for vandalism cleanup.