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How to remove painted labels from bottles

February 13, 2015

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Have you ever seen a beautiful bottle and wished you could use it for something but it has a painted on label? Me too. Well I found out how to remove it! I was looking on Pinterest and found that you could use CLR by placing your bottles in the sink with water and CLR. It worked! But I found it took too long and I used way too much CLR. So this is what I came up with and it works great!

I folded a paper towel in half and splashed a little CLR to saturate .

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I then wrapped the paper towel around the bottle and lightly pressed.

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Next, I placed the bottle into a Ziploc bag and set it aside for several hours or over night. I found after an hour the blue paint had come off but the white still remained so I left it over night. Remove from bag, wipe clean and you’ll have a very pretty bottle to use. You may have a dot or two of  white paint remaining where the paint was thicker. Just but it back in the bag, it will come off. You may see a ghost print on the bottle but when lit up you can’t see it.

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Hope you’ll find this to be a simpler way and your sink will be free to use.

Now go be creative! 🙂

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda permalink
    May 7, 2016 9:57 am

    Thanks! I searched & searched for how to remove paint from bottles, but couldn’t find it until now.

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      May 8, 2016 8:09 pm

      Glad I could help. 🙂

  2. GaRunt permalink
    May 25, 2016 5:06 pm

    I’m going to try this. I have a jar that has a baked on image on it & I want it off.

  3. Charlisa permalink
    February 13, 2017 10:41 am

    Thank you! I was going to try acetone or paint thinner, but this seems easier and safer! I have some candle jars I want to upcycle. So excited!

  4. Robyn permalink
    September 5, 2017 6:44 pm

    Worked great! Thanks.

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      September 6, 2017 9:03 am

      You are very welcome! 🙂

  5. Kim permalink
    December 2, 2017 1:31 pm

    I must try this because friends and family have been giving me bottles with painted on labels and the razor is messy and dangerous! Thanks

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      December 7, 2017 8:39 am

      You are very welcome Kim! Anything to make the job easier! 🙂

  6. Linda permalink
    January 21, 2018 4:32 am

    CLR…sweet! Thank you!

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      January 21, 2018 2:59 pm

      You’re very welcome.

  7. lee shafer permalink
    January 26, 2018 6:32 am

    Do you think it would work on coors alum. beer cans!!!!

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      January 27, 2018 7:19 pm

      Good question. Give it a try and let me know. 🙂

  8. Sharon permalink
    February 1, 2018 9:55 pm

    Thank you, I just started doing bottles, I have some with painted labels, and have try to get off. Sharon

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      February 3, 2018 11:13 am

      Glad I can help Sharon! 🙂

  9. John permalink
    March 10, 2018 9:42 pm

    Thanks for the information, I do a lot of work with all kinds of bottles and have been very frustrated because I didn’t want to destroy the finish on something I have invested a lot of time finishing.

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      March 12, 2018 1:37 pm

      Glad I can help John.

  10. Mary J. Hardwidge permalink
    May 10, 2018 8:54 am

    Thank you…..for sharing a solution to getting rid of those painted labels. A while back I contacted Rista and asked the same question. They told me to use Apple Cider Vinegar, so I tried it… worked for the most part, however it took forever and had to use a lot of vinegar in a plastic bag…etc. After all the soaking I ended up using a very fine piece of steel wool, by rubbing it very gently it took off the remaining paint.

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      May 10, 2018 1:17 pm

      You’re welcome Mary, glad I can help.

  11. Cat permalink
    May 10, 2018 6:00 pm

    Does it work on the sticky labels????

    • Pearl Younger permalink*
      May 11, 2018 9:22 am

      Cat, I use 100% acetone, it works great every time! Try it!

  12. Bitz permalink
    May 16, 2018 4:38 pm

    I tried this, let it sit for days never moved any paint):

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