5 Methods to Fix Scratched Glass (with Pictures)
Scratched glass is the visual equivalent to nails on a chalkboard. Scratches appear as if out of nowhere—often with their sources unknown—causing an annoying eyesore on windows, mirrors, glass doors, and other surfaces intended to be crystal clear and see-through. Luckily, there are some simple DIY tricks to repair scratched glass using materials you either already have on hand, or that are easy to pick up at your local store.
It should be noted, however, the following DIY tips and tricks are best applied for removing surface scratches only. For anything deeper—as in any grooves in the glass that your fingernail can fit into—we recommend consulting a professional glazier or glass repair service to help you fix or even replace the glass. For anything more surface-level, we’ve got you covered with five simple methods for removing scratches—each further simplified to five easy-to-follow steps.
Before You Start
Before starting any of the methods below, an important first step is to first clean the glass by wiping the surface with glass cleaner. Not only will a clean glass surface allow you to see damages much more clearly, but you will remove any loose particles that may scuff up the glass even more in the process of removing the scratches. Don’t worry, we’ll include this in the steps below to remind you.
Also, make sure to always work on an equally clean and stable surface to avoid any mishaps that may damage your glass even more while you work.
The 5 Methods to Fix Scratched Glass
1. The Toothpaste Method
Back in the days of CDs and DVDs, the toothpaste trick worked wonders on removing annoying scratches and un-skipping your favorite songs and movies. The same method can be applied for removing scratches from glass surfaces in the following easy steps, which can be repeated as many times as needed.
2. The Nail Polish Method
Good for more than a glossy topcoat for manicures, clear nail polish surprisingly also packs potent ingredients that can hide and even diminish defects and scratches on glass surfaces without further damaging it.
3. The Baking Soda Method
A little-known DIY home improvement hack is that you can make your own version of glass polish using just water and baking soda—a perfect solution that requires nothing more than what’s already in your kitchen.
4. The Glass Polish Methods
If you prefer an actual product over a home-made glass polish, this method is for you. This is also a good back up option in case your scratched glass still needs some more attention after trying other DIY methods. The good news is you can still do this method at home with the glass polish product of your choice and the other materials needed.
Although it’s self-explanatory that metal polish is designed to polish metal, it can also be used to remove scratches on glass using the following steps. Like with glass polish, there are several metal polish products you can easily find at your local home improvement or hardware store.
Whether minor surface-level scratches or deeper gouges that are closer to being full-on cracks, scratches on glass surfaces are unsightly and bothersome and they’ve got to go. After all, removing scratches on glass is something you want to take care of sooner rather than later to prevent them from worsening.
For any of the five methods we’ve detailed above, all you will need are the necessary materials, a little elbow grease, some time, patience, and perhaps a few practice tries on a different surface to start. We hope that any one of these methods will help you restore your scratched glass to a like-new, glistening, and glamorous appearance.
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