Coming clean about scrapers 

We all know that deep down, one of our biggest fears is scratching the glass when using a window scraper. This kind of mistake can cost you money and time, setting back your project. And while it’s an easy mistake to make, it is avoidable, and it mostly comes down to Tique. Glass scrapers can not only cause damage to glass, but to people if mishandled. But don’t worry your pretty little head about it, here’s our guide to avoiding damage and scratches when scraping glass surfaces, and handling your scrapers with care.

Come armed (with paint supplies)

But before we get in the thick of it, what are paint scrapers exactly? And what are they used for? And where did these paint splotched overalls appear from? All in good time, mate. All in good time. A prized possession within the painting world, scrapers have several components to them: the blade, the cover, the insert track and the handle, without which we’d be sanding, not scraping. You can now clean glass with as little effort possible, with the Two Fussy Blokes premium glass scraper. Who thought scraping could sound so good? A must-have in any toolbox for the removal of dirt, paint and adhesives from your precious surfaces. The scraper is a top tier tool, a major player: possibly among the A-team tools of the painting world. What can it do? More like, what can’t it do! Clean glass with little to no effort, while minimising the chance of cuts or injuries. 

Familiarise yourself with your tools

A paint scraper, while not a weapon of mass destruction, can cause harm when in the wrong hands. If you aren’t cautious and careful with your scraper, you could inflict injury on yourself or others, and we know you don’t want to do that, so one major tip is to retract the blade or replace it with a new one when your scraper is not in use. In the wrong hands, these blades could do some serious damage, so always make sure they’re out of reach of children. Because no one wants those little rascals in harm’s way. It’s important to remember that glass scrapers aren’t child’s play. (There are plenty of other tools in the shed they can give a crack if they’re demonstrating some budding tradie skills). 

Now, down to the nitty gritty. It’s a good idea to clean your window of dirt or grime before you get scraping. In order to prepare the glass surface for scraping, you should not only wash the glass, but soap it down as well. Lather up, Fussy painters—blokes and sheilas alike! Rub a dub dub.

Master the basics – power of the blade

There are a few nuggets of wisdom that are good to keep in mind. First and foremost, technique! While it’s not exactly Kung Fu, there is an element of skill and precision that goes into paint scraping.

  • Wash the surface first. It’s crucial the glass is wet and has been soaped down before you get started. Scrape the wet sections and avoid any dry areas.
  • Scrape the sides of the glass before you get to the middle
  • Scrape the glass in a forward direction 
  • Use new blades not old ones (it’s a good idea to carry new blades with you at all times)
  • Ensure replacement blades remain dry
  • If you’re not sure if the surface is in good condition for scraping, do a test on a subtle area. Inspect it from different angles and with a range of lighting
  • Retract or replace blade when you’re not using it
  • Don’t be a dingbat and run your finger over the blade

Scrape like a pro

Now you’ve got all this knowledge under your belt, you’re ready to go off and scrape without fear. While it’s important to be cautious and careful with this tool, don’t let anxiety hold you back. If you want to get good at anything, it takes practice. Be smart, be sensible, but scrape those surfaces with confidence! P.S, did we mention it’s your lucky day? Two Fussy Blokes have the glass scraper you need for tackling any glass surface. (Plus, a whole range of painting accessories). Get it while it’s in stock!