Removing Gloss From PVC

Sorry if this has been asked previously, but I didn't find anything through "Search."What is the best thing to use to remove gloss paint from PVC window frames without causing damage? Can paint stripper be used safely?

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  • You could probably use a wallpaper scraper as long as it is clean & in good condition. If not, you can actually buy a paint scraper which is like a small wallpaper scraper. Mine always works fine without causing any damage.
  • Hi,

    1500 wet and dry its very time consuming but works and doesnt take the shine from it.
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  • MikeyorksMikeyorks Forumite
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    NAR wrote:
    Can paint stripper be used safely?

    Very last thing to use .. after a blow torch.;) You'll damage the surface irretrievably.

    Use a proprietary UPVC cleaner - with a lot of patience. Or a very mild and well used bit of 'wet and dry' sandpaper - well wetted
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  • NARNAR Forumite
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    Mikeyorks wrote:
    Very last thing to use .. after a blow torch.;) You'll damage the surface irretrievably.

    Use a proprietary UPVC cleaner - with a lot of patience. Or a very mild and well used bit of 'wet and dry' sandpaper - well wetted
    Just as well no blow torch available! :D
  • Upvc cleaner will not remove it we use and industrial strength one and not even that removes it as i said in my first post wet and dry will do the trick make sure its 1500 though any rougher and the shine will come on.

    If the shine comes off the frame it will need buffing up to bring the shine back to dont rub to hard :)
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  • misgracemisgrace Forumite
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    The best and tried method to remove gloss from PVC without scratching is to invest in a bottle of 'brush cleaner' from DIY stores, put that on the paint, let it soak in, and just wipe off, it wont harm the PVC, even if you use and old sponge type scourer, (a well worn one) it will defnately come off.
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    What about trying a non scratch scouring pad? One of the ones with sponge on one side and with a light scourer on t'other? Wilko's ones are a green sponge and white scourer and are designed for use on baths, cookers, pans etc, but they are readily available everywhere. The gloss paint should soon start to peel or rub off when wetted and scrubbed enough - without ruining the PVC.
  • NARNAR Forumite
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    Many thanks, will give these ideas a go.
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