Eco friendly ways to remove scratches from glass
If you are not lucky enough to own tempered glasses then scratches on the glass can be an issue of major concern for you. Carelessness and pets can leave ugly marks on glasses, which are stubborn and are hard to get rid of. An immediate effort should be made to remove these scratches or else they can tarnish the look of your favorite glass table or your heart-achingly gorgeous French windows forever. Here are quick tips to remove scratches from glass.
- Wet sand paper
- Soft sponge
- Polishing or grinding compound
- Car wax
- Glass polish
- Glass scratch removal kit
- Liquid brass cleaner
- Chrome cleaner
- Pin or tooth pick
- Baking soda
- Coca cola
- Whitening toothpaste
- Soft cloth
- Lint-free towel
- Cerium oxide
- Jewelry rouge
Test your glass
Before you attempt to remove the scar, make sure that you are not damaging it permanently. Therefore, the safest way is to try a corner of the affected glass and if it works fine then you can proceed happily.
Visit a hardware store
Take time out and visit a hardware store to get the materials needed to remove the scratches.
Take a clean soft cloth and apply the rubbing compound on it. Rub the affected area using the cloth in a circular motion. Do not be very harsh with it. Try Sicken or 3M rubbing compound.
Take the necessary amount of cerium oxide and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply this paste over the scratches and use a buffing machine to buff them out. While you are using the buffing machine, keep applying the paste or else the glass may get too hot. Many glass polishes and scratch removal systems also contain cerium oxide. You may not find them in the local hardware store but you will definitely find them online.
Sandpaper is also an easy and reliable option to remove scratches. After you have removed the scratch, polish the area using a polishing compound with the help of a soft cloth. Use whitening toothpaste and make sure you are not mistaking a gel to be a paste. Put the waste on a buffing pad and apply it on the scratch in a circular motion. After you are done with this step, clean the glass using a mixture of ammonia and water. Make sure that you are using a soft cloth or sponge to clean the glass or else a hard material can damage the glass beyond repair. Then use a lint-free towel to wipe out the moisture from the glass. If you do not do this, you will leave nasty watermarks on the glass. After this, examine the area properly. If you still find that the scratch has not been properly removed, then mix baking soda with white toothpaste and reapply on the scratches. Leave the paste for about five minutes and then wash it off using the same mixture of ammonia and water. Clean the area with a terry cloth towel. The toothpaste that you will be using does not need to be an expensive or branded one. Any cheap tube of white paste will do.
You may even use alcohol to clean the scratches. This will consume a lot of your time and patience, as you will need to use a toothpick or pin to apply superglue on the scratched areas. Wipe out the extra glue using nail polish remover.
Sommer and Mac Industries make a scratch remover, Rare Earth. Many glass suppliers will be able to help you with this.
Jeweler’s rouge is a white powder which when mixed with water will form a paste. Apply the paste in circular motion until the mark is gone. Make sure that you wear rubber gloves, as the paste can be harsh on your skin.
You will be surprised to know that coca cola can also be applied on glass scratches. The carbonation and citric acid in the drink helps in removing the scar. Reapply if needed.
Lambs wool pad
Use lambs wool pad to polish away scratches. Turn on the sander and polish for a minute at high speed.
The above methods of removing the scratches on the glass will restore the lost glory of your favorite glass belongings. They might be a little time consuming and might put your patience to test but you will surely love the result. The materials mentioned are easily available and will not pose any threat to your well-being and the surroundings. All the above ways are very eco-friendly and will not affect the environment adversely.