Tired of looking at unsightly scratches on glass tables, windows, shower stalls, and car windshields? A simple scratch can ruin the pristine look of a decorative piece, but it can be an absolute nuisance on a piece of glass that you need to see through.
Your instant reaction may be to hire a glass company to repair the pane or replace the piece altogether. But you might not have to go that far. You might be able to remove those scratches with some household cleaners and a little elbow grease.
Want to know how to buff scratches out of glass? If you’re ready to repair your favorite glass pieces, here’s how to remove scratches from glass in 7 different ways.
Grab a Tube of Toothpaste
There are a variety of everyday household items that you can use to get scratches out of glass – and toothpaste is one of them.
It can’t be gel toothpaste – it needs to be a paste, and it’s even better if it’s a paste with baking soda. Start by cleaning and drying the glass surface. Add a small dab of toothpaste directly onto the scratch and rub in a circular motion with a damp, lint-free rag or cloth.
Rub for 30 seconds, then wipe it off and rinse with water. If the scratches still appear, repeat the process.
Buff With a Metal Polish
Metal polishes work wonders on glass. When used the right way, they are an effective way to remove scratches without having to replace or repair the glass.
Make sure the glass is free of all dirt and debris, then apply a small amount of metal polish to a cotton ball. Buff it into the scratch in a circular motion then use a clean, damp cloth to remove the excess when you’re done.
Just be careful not to use too much. Too much polish can actually do more damage to the glass.
There are a variety of metal polishes that you can use, such as Brasso Multi-Purpose Metal Polish and Jeweler’s Rouge. Jeweler's Rouge contains cerium oxide, which is often found in glass polishing compounds for windows and mirrors.
This method takes a bit of elbow grease. You’ll need to be firm, but don’t press too hard or you run the risk of shattering the glass.
Use Clear Nail Polish
Clear nail polish isn’t just good for strengthening nails and repairing runs in pantyhose and stockings. It can also be used to remove scratches from glass.
Start by cleaning and drying the glass surface. Apply a thin layer of polish directly onto the scratch. Let it dry thoroughly. After an hour, use a cloth with nail polish remover to remove any excess polish off the smooth part of the glass. The polish should sink in and fill in that scratch!
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Buff Glass Scratches With Baking Soda
Baking soda is another effective DIY method for buffing scratches out of glass. As with the other methods, start with a clean, lint-free, debris-free surface.
Combine one part baking soda and one part water in a bowl and mix it into a paste. Rub the paste into the scratch in a circular motion for several seconds. Then wipe it down with a clean cloth and warm water. If it’s just a minor scratch, it should disappear.
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Try a Scratch Filler Kit
There are a variety of scratch filler kits that you can buy to repair scratches on everything from tabletops to car windshields. Most kits include a glass polishing compound and the cloths and tools you’ll need to do the job.
Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully. If not done correctly, you can do more harm than good.
The Final Touches
It’s not uncommon for glass to look a bit foggy after using these DIY methods. If you see a haze or your glass looks cloudy after removing scratches, get some nail polish remover.
Rub a small amount of nail polish remover over the foggy area and that should restore its natural shine!
How to Remove Scratches From Eyeglasses
It’s one thing to have to look at scratches on a glass table or a window. But dealing with scratches on your eyeglasses can be downright impossible. If you’ve ever had to tilt your head or lift your neck in a certain way so that you can avoid the scratches on your lenses, you’re not alone.
The toothpaste, baking soda, and metal polish methods listed above can work on eyeglasses as well. But because eyeglass lenses are usually coated, there are some other things you can try as well.
You can rub car wax or Turtle wax in small circles to buff out surface scratches. On plastic or polycarbonate lenses, you can use a glass etching cream to rub out the scratch then rinse with warm water.
A combination of dry mustard and vinegar can also be effective. Make a paste with these two ingredients and rub it into the scratches. Mustard can irritate the eyes, so make sure you rinse it thoroughly when you’re done!
You can even use baby oil. Add a small dot of baby oil to the scratch and buff with a clean cloth until the scratch is no longer visible.
How to Prevent Scratches on Eyeglasses
Removing scratches from your glasses is possible, but it’s even better if you know how to prevent scratches from forming in the first place.
To prevent scratches, clean your eyeglasses regularly. Most new eyeglasses come with a chamois cleaning cloth – use it!
Chamois cloths and optical lens cleaning solutions are the only products you should use to clean the surface of your lenses. Most lenses are coated, so avoid using household cleaners, paper towels, tissues, and the bottom of your shirt. These things can actually create scratches rather than prevent them.
Handle your classes with care and always secure them in a case when you’re not wearing them. A hard case with a tight seal will protect your lenses from all angles, even if you accidentally drop it on the floor.
How Do You Get Scratches Out of Glass?
There are a variety of ways to remove scratches from glass. You can use:
- Metal polish cleaner
- Clear nail polish
- Baking soda
- Car wax
- Baby oil
- Scratch filler kits
But keep this in mind: these methods are only effective on thin, surface scratches. If you have deep cracks or expanding spider cracks, you may need to pay a professional to do the job.
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