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Wood stain on frosted glass

Posted by elginagent ( on
Mon, Apr 14, 08 at 18:35

Hi all,
Not sure if this fits into this forum but I'll give it a shot. I stained our pantry door which is frosted glass. You know, the kind that says "PANTRY" on it with a design. Well, try as I might to tape things off before staining, some wood stain got on the frosted part and now I'm afraid to use anything to get it cleaned off for fear of making a bad problem worse. Any ideas?

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RE: Wood stain on frosted glass

I'd remove the glass from the door and clean it with an appropriate solvent.

RE: Wood stain on frosted glass

Thanks jon1270. I tried using mineral spirits on a small area of the frosted part and it left the glass kind of smeared looking. I was afraid to go any further without some professional help. Is frosted glass as impervious to chemicals like unfrosted glass? Can you use a razor blade to remove tape residue or paint overspray etc?
Thanks in advance.

RE: Wood stain on frosted glass

Not all frosted glass is the same. Some is sand blasted or acid etched. This type can be cleaned with MEK, Lacquer thiner, Acetone, etc. followed by any window cleaner without any damage. The other type of frosting is sprayed on. A translucent white paint. Cleaning this type with solvents will remove it.

Mineral spirits will not work after the stain is dry. You will need one of the stronger solvents.

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