How To Get Spray Paint Off Glasses – & What NOT To Use!

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If you’re like me, you probably have done your share DIY Projects that involved spray painting. Unfortunelty that means you may have gotten some on your glasses. It can be frustrating, especially if it has dried before you get a chance to clean it off. Here’s how to get spray paint off glasses, what NOT to use, and how to prevent it from happening in the first place.

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Act Swiftly

The best way to get tackle this spray painting mistake is to act quickly.

The longer the spray paint is allowed to dry, the more difficult it will be to remove. If you act quickly, you may be able to simply scrape it off with your fingernail or a playing card.

Be Careful – What NOT To Use

There are many options to remove spray paint from mirrors and other surfaces, but you need to be more careful when it comes to your eyeglasses.

Traditional cleaners can scratch your lenses or strip away the coating. According to Washington Eye Doctors, you should NOT use the following:

  • Window or Glass Cleaner
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Toothpaste

Most places will also tell you not to use acetone or surface cleaners as well.

How To Get Spray Paint Off Glasses With Water & Dish Soap

By far, one of the easiest and safest ways to get spray paint off your glasses is to use water and dish soap. Simply run the glasses under hot water with a bit of dish soap and rub both sides gently. This ensures that no damage will be done to the lenses.

  1. Simply Run The Glasses Under Warm Water (NOT Hot Water)
  2. Put A Little Amount Of Dish Soap On Your Fingers
  3. Rub Both Sides Of The Lenses Gently
  4. Dry With A Microfiber Cloth

If necessary, let the glasses sit in a bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes first. Water and dish soap work great for getting spray paint off of your skin too!

How To Get Spray Paint Off Glasses With Rubbing Alcohol

There are mixed feelings about using rubbing alcohol to clean eyeglasses. According to Frames Direct, a diluted solution of rubbing alcohol can be useful, and should not pose any issues to good quality lenses.

  1. Mix Equal Parts Rubbing Alcohol & Warm Water
  2. Dip A Microfiber Cloth Into Solution
  3. Gently Rub The Spray Paint Off Of Glasses

Take Them To A Professional

If you are worried about damaging your lenses, consider taking them to a professional at your local optical shop. They will know how to get spray paint off glasses without damaging them.

How To Get Spray Paint Off Glasses With Optical Wipes

If you don’t have access to dish soap, try using a cleansing wipe or spray made especially for glasses.

  1. Moisten The Glasses With The Wipe Or Spray
  2. Scrape Paint Off With Fingernail, Playing Card, Or Microfiber Cloth
  3. Rinse In Warm Water
  4. Dry With Microfiber Cloth

How To Prevent Spray Paint From Getting On Your Glasses

Once you have had to deal with this problem, you probably won’t want to repeat it. Here are some ways to prevent spray paint from getting on your glasses next time.

  • Remove Your Glasses Before Spray Painting (If You Can See Without Them)
  • Wear A Pair Of Goggles Or A Face Mask (To Avoid Getting The Paint On Your Glasses)
  • Wrap Eyeglasses In Plastic Wrap Before Spray Painting
  • Hold Can At Least 18 Inches Away From Your Glasses


If you need to remove spray paint from your glasses, there are several methods that will work. The best time to act is as quickly as possible because the longer it sits on your lenses, the more difficult it becomes.

You can use water and dish soap or rubbing alcohol – depending on what type of lens coating you have. If all else fails, take them in to an optical shop where they should be able to help you out! Be sure not spray directly at your glasses when using any kind of chemicals so that you don’t damage them with overspray or mess up their coatings.

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