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How do you remove paint from a window screen?

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Remove latex paint splatters from window screens using a soft cloth to apply a solvent to soften the paint. After removing the paint, wash and rinse the screen to remove any remaining solvent. Solvent choices include paint thinner, rubbing alcohol and fingernail polish remover.

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  1. Remove the screen from the window

    Remove the screen for easy access to the paint splatter. Push screens toward the spring-loaded edge to free them from the channel that holds them in place.

  2. Assess the problem

    If the drip is large, gently scrape away as much as possible to reduce the time required to dissolve the paint.

  3. Apply the solvent

    Set the screen on a large, flat surface to work. Use a clean, soft rag to apply the solvent. Continue applying solvent until the paint starts to soften. Use gentle pressure to prevent damage to the screen. Rub the paint with the cloth until it comes off the screen.

  4. Wash the screens

    Use a stiff bristle brush and a detergent solution to wash the screen and to remove any remaining solvent. Rinse with a strong stream of water from a garden hose. Set the screens in the sun to dry.

  5. Reinstall the screen

    Place the spring end of the screen in the channel on the window. Push in the direction of the spring, and set the screen back in place.

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