How to Remove Scratches From Glass

Out, Dread Scratch!

Does a scratch on your glass table top make you scream? Scratches on your eyeglass lenses likely do the same! You might be interested in trying some “home remedies” and professional repair kits available to the public before you give up hope. You can polish your paintwork either by hand or using a car polishing machine.

I have had glass table tops and glass windows scratch over the years and have found a few ways of removing most of the scratches. There are compounds you can purchase for this and there are some home remedies that may work for you.

Repairing Scratches in Glass

These few suggestions may help your scratched-glass complaint :

Professional glass repair people and others often use Janvil’s Cerium Oxide, an electric drill or similar tool, and a buffing wheel attachment that has a firm felt covering it, sold specifically for glass scratch removal. You apply the Cerium Oxide and buff it with the buffing tool very easily. It may take over an hour for the compound and buff to work, depending on how deep the scratches are. Look for auto glass wholesale dealers on the Internet or in the Yellow Pages. Other businesses that use this compound are jewelers and businesses that polish and sell gemstones, so try any of those small businesses near you. In addition, J.C. Whitney auto parts catalog often carries a similar scratch fix-it kit at an affordable price.

Toothpaste (the non-gel kinds) used as a polishing compound will sometimes remove small scratches from glass table tops.

Brasso Metal Polish or other types of metal polishes will also sometimes be effective in solving ugly scratch problems. Jewelers rouge also works, but it more expensive.

Another compound to try: Mix 1 part dry mustard and 1 part white vinegar into a paste-like substance. Apply this paste onto the scratches and polish the surface with a soft cloth. Dry mustard may damage the cornea of the eye, so be careful with it – wear protective goggles.

Rain Repellants Also Erase Scratches In Glass

Although I have not tried this particular product for removing scratches from glass myself, I have heard and read many successful reports about this item.

Windshield water repellants like Rain-X, reportedly invented in the UK for use withh autos that are built without windshield wipers, is the winning product. For eyeglasses, it offers the preventative of anti-fogging as well as rain repellant in stormy weather. For scratches that are not deep, the method to use is to apply the rain repellant with a soft cloth and to polish very gently for a few seconds.

Deeper scratches may not yield to Rain-X and similar windshield products. Additionally, be careful of plastic lenses as well, which might suffer damage from this or other substances used for scratch removal. Plastic lenses can become cloudy when certain substances are applied.

The materials below includes some additional products that you may want to try as well.

A DIY Scratch Eliminator

This formula is made from supplies you have in your cabinets at home and works well with many types of scratches.

Ingredients and Method

Make a past of white toothpaste, baking soda, and a little water. Avoid using the fancy, red and green toothpastes.
Rub the DIY paste you made into the scratch with a clean, lightly dampened cloth and polish.

Rub the paste in a tiny circular motion and try to avoid applying the paste outside the scratched area. Once finished, use a clean soft cloth to wash the window. This process may take several repeated attempts before the scratch is removed or becomes minimally visible.