Kathy asked: How do you remove the painted on labels on glass bottles or jars? This is a liquor bottle, the company painted the label and scanning code onto the bottle instead of the standard sticky label. I recycle bottles for my crafts.
Labels that are painted on bottles are not meant to be removed, which can make them a bit challenging. Depending on the materials available, it may be possible to remove them with some time and effort. Here are a couple of removers that may be successful depending on how the label was applied (painted, screened on, etc.)
You Will Need:
- Star San
- Scrubbing pads
Steps to Remove the Painted Label:
- If the label is simply painted, it may be possible to remove it with some acetone (nail polish remover). Fill a shallow pan or dish with the acetone and lay the bottle down so the label is soaking in the acetone.
- Allow it to soak until the paint begins to loosen.
- Scrub it with a scrubbing pad or scrape it off carefully with a razor.
- Rinse with clean water.
- If the label is screen-printed on, it will likely require a stronger, acidic remover.
- Fill a pan or bucket with Star San. This acidic cleaner is available online from many brewery supply companies.
- Allow the bottle to soak in the liquid for 24-48 hours.
- Once the label has soaked for the sufficient amount of time it will start to fall off with a simple shake.
- Use a scrub brush or scrubbing pad to gently scrub any remaining label away.
- Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Star San is an acidic cleaner. Protect yourself with gloves, mask and protective eyewear.