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How to remove permanent printed designs on glass? Answered

Hi, I have an old diffuser reed bottle which I think could be useful for a future project as it is a colour that would go well with the theme of my room - but it also has the candle company name and rather too much print on the glass.

Is there some way that  I can remove part of the design without damaging the glass or causing too many scratches, it would be a shame to throw it out (we cannot buy refills over here so there's not much else I can do with it).

Thanks.  : )

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VygerBest Answer (author)2014-07-07

A brass wire wheel on a bench grinder will clean the glass of anything not etched into the glass. Brass is softer than glass so it does not usually scratch it. They used to make brass windshield ice scrapers that worked great. But sometimes the glass would get scratched from the grit in the dirt (not from the scraper) so they quit making them.

Test it first on a scrap bottle. Be sure to hold the bottle very tightly as bench grinders have the tendecy to grab things out of your hands and fling them. Your glass could get turned into shrapnel if you are not very careful.

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Vyger (author)Vyger2014-07-07

Thinking about it what might be safer for you to use is a Dremel tool with a brass wire wheel. It turns slower and will not likely break the bottle.

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shyamz (author)Vyger2014-07-09

Thanks, I think a friend of mine has one of those so I'll see if it works.

Thanks again. : )

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KushalT2 (author)2016-09-16

Dip the bottle in acid i mean mixture of water and acid keep acid more than 70% normal acid for home cleaning purposes can be used keep it for more than 3 hours than rub with a cloth rolled over a wood stick

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shyamz (author)2014-07-08

Thank you all for your help, I have an old bottle that I can tests some of these ideas on so I'll give them a try.

Thanks again. : )

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Diaphane (author)2014-07-07

There is an instructable on this. You can use toothpaste. I tried this on a pen once and it worked. There is also another one using sugar but I haven't tried that.

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bwrussell (author)2014-07-07

Some people claim that using sugar as an abrasive works. Similar to the brass wire wheel the sugar will crush before it scrapes the glass, it's just a matter of how well bonded the paint is.

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ianbates1 (author)2014-07-06

You could try wire wool - test on the bottom first and if it doesn't scratch there you might be ok.

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Triclaw (author)2014-07-04
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mole1 (author)2014-07-04

Assuming that solvents - acetone? mineral spirits? - haven't had any effect, I would try (very very! carefully!) scraping it off with a razor bade.

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FarmerKJS (author)2014-07-04