How to Remove Melted Plastic or Nylon from a Glass Surface

Updated on March 6, 2012

Plastic Melted to the Glass

The nylon melted

What do you do when you need to get plastic off of glass

It's been a while, but I once melted plastic utensils on a stove surface and needed to get the plastic off without damaging the surface. This weekend, our daughter put her coat up against an indoor fireplace with a glass door to warm it up. In seconds the nylon had melted and adhered to the glass front of the fireplace. Ugh. Not only was the jacket ruined, we need to get the plastic removed from the glass door (it's not our house).

Razor Blade and WD 40 will get plastic off of glass

A quick trip to the store for supplies

We were out of town, so we headed to the local grocery store to pick up supplies to clean the plastic off the glass surface.

Needed supplies

  • Razor blades with a handle to do the scraping
  • WD40 acts as a loosening lubricant

Spray with WD40 and then scrape

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Doing the scraping

WD40 is flamable, so if you are doing it on a stove or fireplace glass, make sure the flames are out. Second, razor blades are incredibly sharp and it takes a bit of force to widdle away the the plastic from the glass, so be sure to push away from your body and to be careful.

Start by spraying the plastic with WD 40 and then use the razor blade to scrape it away in small pieces. Once finished scraping either vacuum up or sweep up the shaved plastic pieces and throw them away.

Clean the glass at the end

Clean the glass

Using a bit of windex or other type of glass cleaner, clean the window once all the plastic has been chipped off. The windex with a towel will cut through the remaining WD 40 and make the window look nice and clean.

The good news is if you ever find yourself in this situation, no need to panic, just get the right tools and clean it up. In this case, the fireplace glass looks as good as new, too bad there isn't as easy of a solution to repair the melted liner of the jacket.

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        Zephyr 3 days ago

        This method worked for me. I had a solid mess on my propane fireplace glass when I touched a fleece jacket on the hot glass. You have to work at it but after an hour the melted stain on the propane fireplace glass was gone. Slowly but surely would be my recommendation.

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        Courtney 2 weeks ago

        Just melted my sock to the fireplace trying to warm my foot up. Guess I'm buying a razor blade tonight! Thanks!

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        Jenifer 5 weeks ago

        Oh my god saved me !!

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        Lana 7 weeks ago

        Thank you sooo sooo much for this post! You’ve saved me so much stress and worry and potentially hundreds of pounds in replacing the ceramic glass on my Contura wood burner!!

        Used WF-40 and a knife with an even edge. Patience and perseverance won out! Acetone, toothpaste didn’t work.

        So glad I found this post!! Well done on figuring out how to fix this!! And letting the rest of us know!!

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        Amie 2 months ago

        I had a window cling melt to my window. I saw your post and did exactly what you had written. Doing this saved my apartment window. Thank you so much for posting this. It was very helpful.

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        Kulvinder Kaur 2 months ago

        Hello. This happened today my kid’s jacket was burnt on the fireplace glass. Luckily he is ok. I was panicking but when i read your this article . I did exactly what you have written. Wow!!! It is great you saved me. Thank you so much. My fireplace glass looks new. Thks

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        Cheryl 6 months ago

        I know you wrote this years ago but I just melted my tights onto our gas fireplace glass and this post made me feel much better! Thanks :)

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        tmcdanel 23 months ago

        R. Mason,

        You are quite incorrect. Glass is harder than steel, even the tempered steel of a good knife.

        http://www.d.umn.edu/prc/MMEW/2012%20MMEW%20PPTs/M...

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        R. Mason 5 years ago

        should not use metal objects to clean fireplace glass. Warm glass slightly and use a wooden spatula GENTLY to remove blobs of plastic. Then, after glass has cooled completely, use a toothbrush and GEL toothpaste. Takes a bit of time, but safer later than a razor blade which can leave micro scratches on the glass which can weaken it

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        Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        I've gotten one search referrer to this hub thus far for the term "how to get melted plastic off of glass fireplace" I hope the visitor was happy.

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        Lela Bryan 6 years ago from Alameda, CA

        My neighbors post used tools on ebay and they clean up all of their tools with WD-40. The main ingredient is fish oil.

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        JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

        Just like DzyMsLizzy, i hope I don't get the chance to do this. LOL. Any tips on getting melted plastic on denim? Don't ask how I got it there in the first place.

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        Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Hopefully, I won't find myself in such a mess...but...now I know what to do if the worst should happen.

        Good ol' WD-40--it belongs right up there with duct tape in the "fix-everything" tool kit.

        Voted up, interesting and useful.