You invest in a good pair of anti-fog safety glasses and within the first few weeks of owning them, you get spray paint on them. Don't worry – you don't have to run out and buy a replacement and you don't have to deal with the specks on your glasses. Here, you'll learn how to do just that.
- Dish soap
- Glass cleaner
- Very warm water
- Clean, soft cloths
- Bowl large enough to fit the glasses
- Playing card
For the best results and easiest clean-up efforts, act quickly. The second that you notice the paint on your glasses, get to work cleaning it off.
Before the paint dries, you can probably get the paint off with nothing more than some soapy water. Just add a few drops of liquid dish soap to a bowl of very warm water, and mix it up. Place the glasses in the bowl and allow them to soak for twenty minutes or so. Now, run them under hot water to rinse them clean. Use a soft, clean cloth to dry them.
Tip: Don't attempt to wipe the wet paint off of your safety glasses. Soak them immediately rather than wiping or the paint will smear and be more challenging to remove.
When the paint is dry, you'll have a little more work to do. Pour glass cleaner that contains ammonia into a bowl. Set the glasses in the bowl and let them soak for twenty to thirty minutes.
Use a playing card to try to peel the paint off of the glasses. If the paint hasn't softened enough yet, place them back in the bowl and allow them to soak a little longer. Eventually, the paint will be soft enough to peel right off of the glasses with nothing more than the edge of the playing card.
If you're not having much luck, you can warm the glass cleaner in the microwave and then set the glasses in it to soak. This can be helpful, but if you overheat the glass cleaner, it can cause the anti-fog coating to begin to peel. Use this method as a last resort.
The next time you plan to do some spray painting, use a little more caution. Sure, the glasses are there to protect your eyes, but with a little extra attention, you can avoid having to go through the work of cleaning paint off of your anti-fog safety glasses.