How to Remove Scratches from Glass

Glass incorporated into your design gives any space a contemporary and sophisticated vibe. Adding a glass panel feature to your wine cellar, or a beautifully crafted glass door to your shower, are all pieces of art that are worth preserving. They are investments that make your space next level. But, sometimes life happens and all of a sudden your once gorgeous shower door is now accompanied by small hairline scratches! Now what? How do you remove scratches from glass, that just come with the normal wears and tears of life?

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Superficial Scratches

Before you start to remove scratches from glass, you want to first determine if your scratch is light and superficial. You can figure this out by running your fingernail across the scratched area. If you can’t feel the groove within the glass, then the scratch is most likely not a deep one. In conclusion, you may be able to buff it out on your own.

Here is an easy suggestion –

  1. Clean the scratched surface using glass or window cleaner. After that you’ll wipe the area with a paper towel (kitchen roll). *For a more natural glass cleaner option: use vinegar or lemon juice and a newspaper.
  2. Gently rub into the scratched surface a metal polish like Brasso, using small circular motions with a soft cloth. *For a more natural metal polish option: try a whitening, non-gel toothpaste.
  3. Polish to a shine with a clean, soft cloth.

Note: The scratches may not be removed the first time you complete this process. Therefore, you may need to do this a couple more times until you get the desired outcome.

Top tip: If the glass is looking ‘foggy’ where you’ve tried buffing out the scratch… Rub the area with nail polish remover to restore shine.

Superficial Hairline Scratches

Deep Scratches

Do you find yourself saying, “Oh no! I can feel the scratch!”. Or, are you a little frustrated, because the scratch is still there? Don’t worry you still have a couple of options that perhaps can help you with deep scratches.

Here are 2 options:

  1. Using wax furniture polish is a great start. You’ll first start by applying a thin layer to fill in shallow scratches and to help reflect the light. After that, you’ll wait until the surface is dry, then you’ll need to buff the area with a clean cloth.
  2. Lastly, you may need to invest in a dedicated scratch repair kit that is designed for repairing car windshields.

Note: If the scratch is too deep to do-it-yourself or nothing you’ve done has helped, you may want to call in the professionals. However, deep scratches will take heavy buffing in order for the scratch to be gone. And, because of this a divot will be created and will take away from the integrity of your art glass. Sometimes the divot is more noticeable than a scratch, because of the way the light will reflect off of it. It’s a choice you’ll have to make!

Enjoy

Hopefully, these tips help add to the longevity of your beautiful pieces of glass art! Whether, you’re removing scratches from a window that’s overlooking the mountains; or, maybe it’s from a shower door that leads into your own personal retreat. Whatever the case may be, the goal is to preserve your art glass for many years to come!

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