How to Remove Spray Paint From Glass Jars

Removing spray paint from glass jars is an easy task that can be completed by using several different types of household materials. Each material will provide an effective way of removing the paint that will not damage or scratch the glass jar. Whether you have just emptied a can of spray paint into a glass jar or the paint has been left caked on for months, you can use several different methods to remove it.

How to Remove Spray Paint From Glass Jars

This blog post will show you how to remove spray paint from glass jars. Spray paint is a great way to add color to any surface, but it can be messy and hard to clean up. You might find yourself with scratches on your hands or clothes, or worse yet, the floor! Follow these easy steps for removing spray paint from glass jars.

Materials You Need

  • Glass jar (with lid)-  Make sure the jar is clean and dry before starting
  • Acetone  (found in nail polish remover) –    You can use nail polish remover with acetone in the ingredients, but make sure it doesn’t contain any oils.
  • Paper towel or rag –  Make sure the rag or towel is clean
  • Plastic baggie –  You only need a small piece, so don’t use something you don’t want to get paint on.
  • Scouring sponge or cleaning pad with a rough side –  This helps with the scrubbing.
  • Water –  You can use a bucket of water to dip the jar in, or you can wet a paper towel, rag, sponge, or pad with water.
  • Disposable spoon, fork, or knife –  To scrape off the paint if necessary
  • Rubbing alcohol –  You can use a spray bottle, rag, or cotton ball
  • Baking soda –  you can sprinkle baking soda on the paint and let it sit, then brush it off

Why You Need to Remove Spray Paint From Glass Jars

Cleaning up after your spray paint projects is important to ensure that the paint lasts as long as possible. Rubbing alcohol will remove the paint, making it easy for you to recoat or reuse your glass jar. Plus, cleaning off the sharp bits of hardened spray paint from your hands and clothes is much less painful with rubbing alcohol.

How to Remove Spray Paint From Glass Jars Steps

Step 1:

Clean the glass jar with rubbing alcohol. Spray it onto a paper towel or rag and wipe everything down. Make sure there is no residue of spray paint on the jar!

Clean the glass jar

Step 2:

Fill your sink/bowl with warm water and add dish soap. You can also use a bucket; just make sure it has a lid.

Step 3:

Place your glass jar in the water and let it soak for 30 minutes to an hour. The spray paint should be easy to remove after soaking, but you can help rub at it with a scouring pad. Keep scrubbing until all of the spray paint is removed!

Step 4:

To dry your glass jar, place it on a clean paper towel to soak up excess water.

Step 5:

Once your jar is dry, replace the lid. And you’re done! Now you have a nice clean glass jar that’s ready for use!

Remove Spray Paint From Glass Jars

The best way to remove spray paint from glass jars is with acetone which can be found in nail polish remover! Nail polish remover should work for this just fine, but make sure it doesn’t contain any oils because this could create a film on the glass. Other removers will sometimes have oils, so test a small area first to be sure.

Instructions  to Remove Spray Paint From Glass Jars Steps

  1. Wipe off the jar with a clean, dry rag or paper towel to see if all paint has been removed.
  2. If not, try soaking in hot water with dish soap for about an hour or until paint is dissolved.
  3. Rinse again under running water and let air dry.
  4. When you are satisfied that the glass jar is clean, replace the lid.
  5. Replace the lid, and you’re done!

Tips  & Warnings

  • Rubbing alcohol is flammable; remember to use caution when working with it.
  • If the glass jar lid has been painted, you can remove it by filling a small bowl with warm water and dish soap. Let the lid soak for 30 minutes before scrubbing off any remaining paint. Rinse thoroughly and replace the lid when dry.
  • Always wear gloves when using spray paint or handling cleaning chemicals. If you do get spray paint in your eyes, rinse them out immediately with water!
  • Protect your work area well when spraying paint so that there are no drips or overspray stains on floors or furniture. Use painter’s tape to keep areas clean if necessary.
  • Protect your lungs by using a mask. Also, don’t forget to wear old clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on!
  • Remove spray paint from glass jars in these easy steps with rubbing alcohol.
Always Wear  Gloves

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to remove spray paint from glass jars?

The best way to clean glass is to use a homemade mixture of water and vinegar, which together can dissolve away most deposits of dirt and grease. 

How long did you let the cleaner soak before wiping it off with a paper towel or rag?

Typically, you should soak for about an hour to make sure all the spray paint is dissolved.


Now you know how to remove spray paint from glass jars! And don’t forget, if the jar is too far gone and no amount of scrubbing will make it usable again, try throwing a couple of ice cubes in some dish soap. Put the jar on top of your stove with medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or until all traces are removed. You can also use this method on plastic containers that have been sprayed with graffiti. Just remember to gently rub at any remaining marks while they’re still wet, so you get them out before they dry up. After using these methods, your mason jars should be ready for new paint jobs or other projects!

You can also check it out: How to Clean Glass Staircase

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