How to Scrape a Painted Window

How to Scrape a Painted Window

Yesterday I painted my front door. It has 9 divided lights; such things can make a paint job tricky. I've painted enough window frames in my lifetime to have a definite opinion as to the taping versus scraping question. For me, it's scraping. Let me tell you why. I find taping hugely time consuming, plus, getting the tape just right--especially in the corners--is a pain. AND every time I've taped, I always seem to do some scraping anyway. So, scraping it is. What I like about this method is I can get right to work and paint away. Of course, when the paint is dry, I have to scrape. Over the years I've actually developed a certain fondness for this part of the job. I think it has to do with the way I actually do it. 

First I use my razor blade to score a line at the intersection of frame and glass, like so:

created at: 07/06/2011

Then I scrape the paint from the center of the glass to the frame.

When done in such a manner (scoring first) the paint peals off like ribbon. Okay, it doesn't peal off like ribbon EVERY time, but more often than not, it does.

created at: 07/06/2011

So, how about you? Are you a taper or a scraper??

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DIY Maven on Jul 08, 2011:

KeLLy Ann--you are a girl after my own heart. ;)

denacho--did you make the right choice???


KeLLy Ann on Jul 07, 2011:

Scraper! I love the peeling part!

denacho on Jul 06, 2011:

i started out a taper, but finally became a scraper. it's funny how many blogs i've come across recently professing the same. i just painted new windows w/ lower transoms this weekend & will be scraping paint this week, so we'll see if i've chosen wisely!

Anonymous on Jul 06, 2011:

scraping, all the way. And for the same reason. ;)

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