Paint on aluminium frames

How do I get paint splatters off Black Aliminium frames, without scatching?
Is there a solvent or such that is effective? I dont have much time to find a solution…Job is on Tues!

Goof Off, for one.

First try a white scrubby - test in an inconspicuous corner first. I even find an Ettore porcupine does the job if its old paint.

Not sure if we have “scrubbies” in South Africa. Would that be a synthetic ‘non scratch’ scourer?

Yes - a white pad.

Thanks for the advice. It worked but tiresome and tedious work!!!

Work quickly with MEK in a well ventilated area for only a short time or better still wear a mask , Gently remove layer after layer . then wash with Purple Magic avoid scratching with limited work expectations it is devilishy slow .


1.Clean the window frames with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. Rinse well with hot water, and dry with a clean cloth.
2.Get rid of difficult stains and grease by spraying on a thin coat of WD 40. Use a toothbrush to scrub spots. Wipe with a clean, soft cloth. Be sure to remove all of the residue from the cleaning process.
3.Use painter’s tape or masking tape to protect the glass or screens. If you’re using spray paint, cover the glass or screen with newspapers and tape it securely.
4.Apply a metal primer or a self-etching primer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry.
5.Paint the aluminum with either interior or exterior paint, depending on
6.Remove the tape by slowly pulling it away from the painted area at an angle. Use a razor knife to scrape up any paint that spilled or seeped onto the glass under the tape.

Definitely sounds like a job for a solvent called “Goof Off”. It comes in a can.

The question posted (long ago) was regarding paint splatters on an aluminum frame. Your post appears to be instructions to strip and refinish a (wood?) frame.

we keep latex paint removers and acrylic paint removers in the van… we use them mostly on deck stain overspray… find them cheap at HD.

I find that plastic razor blades work great for getting stuff off of the anodized aluminum.

You sure do love the Ettore porcupine don’t ya Karl. :smiley:

+1 and a quick wipe beforehand of Oil-Flo makes it easier to scrape off.