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Old 03-28-2012, 06:29 AM
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tips needed please for glass cleaning

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I have recently started framing my own work but find it very difficult to get the glass spotless. I have tried metho and glass cleaners in conjuntion with paper towels, but still see smudging.
What do WC artists suggest please? Do you use cloths or paper towels?

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I don't have need to do this much but I'll share my experience anyway. I think this is sometimes best done as a two-stage thing, clean the glass first with warm soapy water* using a microfibre wash cloth or sponge, then squeegee off - just like cleaning a window. Then, if necessary, use a degreaser of some kind as the final wipe over, before immediately installing it into the frame.

Oh and it's best to wear gloves to prevent accidentally smudging the glass you've just been so careful to clean!

*Just a drop of dishwashing liquid in a large amount of water.

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Re: tips needed please for glass cleaning

If you are using older glass that is really dirty then you should do as Einion suggests and might even need to use a single edge razor blade to scrape any scum off the surface. If you are using new picture glass you should be able to use any non-ammonia cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth.

Ammonia is bad for two reasons. It easily leaves streaks and also the ammonia fumes are bad for any artwork, photographs or reproductions.

If cleaning the glass which is already in the frame, spray your microfiber cloth instead of the glass and wipe in a circular motion until dry.

Should be spotless!



One more thing... If you are using a concentrate where you mix the cleaner with water to make a solution it is very important that you use distilled water to mix your solution. If you use tap water or even bottled drinking water you will have streaking problems.

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Old 03-29-2012, 12:26 PM
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Re: tips needed please for glass cleaning

wear gloves, preferable non slip rubber gloves
use rubbing alcohol to clean the glass keep wiping until its totally dry or a degreaser for the really bad smudges like gummy adhesive that can get stuck to glass
and an air compressor to blow dust out of the frame
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Re: tips needed please for glass cleaning

Thank everyone for your suggestions. I will certainly give your ideas a go. Regards
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Re: tips needed please for glass cleaning

if you have older glass that has goobers that are just aren't moving with cleaner, try 0000steel wool, from hardware store. that is fine enough to not scratch but does a good job polishing the glass. it will leave steel 'lint' which I then use cleaner and microcloth to wipe off.

this is my most dreaded chore.
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Re: tips needed please for glass cleaning

I've tried everything to clean glass. The best thing I found is Denatured Alcohol. Just spray it on and wipe with a soft cloth. I buy it at lowes or Home depot in the paint section.

I also use a glass pallette, and clean it after every painting session. After scraping of the excess paint, I finish as above.
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Re: tips needed please for glass cleaning

I have found the best results by using 3m glass cleaner and an old newspaper, even normal glass cleaners with newspaper works well.

I'm an amateur artist but have cleaned many windows on homes and autos this way. Hope this helps for a cheap way to get that glass spotless.

best regards.

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