How to Remove Scratches From Glass

Updated on November 15, 2017
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Scratched wine glasses are not romantic.
Scratched wine glasses are not romantic. | Source

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.

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.

Number One Remedy

C0301 - CRL Cerium Oxide - One Pound
C0301 - CRL Cerium Oxide - One Pound

Thais is the Number One recommended compound for removing scratches and avoiding replacement costs for a whole glass table top or mirror.

 

Time Lapse Video of Easy Scratch Repair with Cerium Oxide

Tip For Eyeglasses and Sunglasses Care

Clean the lenses of your glasses with only a soft cloth. Facial tissues and toilet tissue are made from wood. Wood scratches glass and so will the fibers in the tissues!

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Table and window glass often become scratched.
Table and window glass often become scratched.
Table and window glass often become scratched. | Source
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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.

The oldest type of glass known is made from silica, which is a form of sand.

Plain White Toothpaste. Common brands are found in your stores on Earth.
Plain White Toothpaste. Common brands are found in your stores on Earth. | Source

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.

Metal, Glass, Clearsteel

By 2014, scientists and engineers had developed an intermediate substance with a transparency somewhere between aluminum and glass. In the Star Trek universe, a product exists that is metal, but completely transparent - it is called "clearsteel." When we have that product, it may still scratch and we may need something to repair it.

Scratched eyeglasses are hard to use for reading.
Scratched eyeglasses are hard to use for reading. | Source

General Household Cleaners May Also Eliminate Scratches

As seen in the 2-minute video below, simple cleaning agents like furniture police and similar items can remove scratches and clouding from some types of eyeglass lenses. Another tips to add to this film is to be very careful when rinsing the cleared lenses under a kitchen faucet - too strong a stream of water may pop the lenses out, if the glass is at all loose.

Please enjoy the video by Rachel Yatuzis of greenkleeninc.com. She makes short work of eyeglass scratches.

Scratch Removal by a Professional House Cleaner

Mirror Glass
Mirror Glass | Source

Scratch Repair Products

Briyar Glass Polishing and Light Scratches Repair Kit, Removes Scuffs, Surface Marks, and Stains from all Types of Glass and Car Windshield
Briyar Glass Polishing and Light Scratches Repair Kit, Removes Scuffs, Surface Marks, and Stains from all Types of Glass and Car Windshield

This product has saved several customers the cost of window replacement. In some cases, several coats of polish and sanding/buffing are required.

 
Aquarium with Coral and Pacific Blue Tang Fish. Clear glass preserves the beauty of the underwater scene.
Aquarium with Coral and Pacific Blue Tang Fish. Clear glass preserves the beauty of the underwater scene. | Source

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        Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Yes, you received poor service, so return your vehicle to the window tinting company and demand that they fix your window glass or replace the window. If necessary, contact the BBB to report this event. Further, you may have a TV station that has a consumer help feature like our Six On Your Side that will confront the tint company owner on camera.

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        Dayna 2 years ago

        While the man was tinting my window he scratched my window glass with the razor blade. The scratches are not deep, but long. Any suggestions on what I can do please?

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        Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Patty, that is pretty neat and helpful. I'll pass it along to my brother as well.

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        Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Hi Kristen Howe! I am so glad you found this information helpful! Toothpaste works on some scratched automobile headlight covers as well. Pretty neat.

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        Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Patty, what a clever idea on how to remove scratches from glass. It's so easy to do with toothpaste! Voted up for useful and interesting, too!

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        Patty Inglish 3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Nonabrasive white toothpaste really does work, especially on lighter scratches.

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        Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Perhaps something nonabrasive?

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        MMMEEEEEEEEEEEE 5 years ago

        What type of toothpaste works best?

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        Jac 5 years ago

        Interesting comments, either way Patty keep plugging away and thanks for corralling these tips.

        This place is very phone friendly by the way.

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        Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Thanks for sharing your good results, arin! Enjoy that wonderful glass table.

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        arin 5 years ago

        I just bought a glass table. Delivery man made some fine-medium scratches in it..not happy. But,TOOTHPASTE WORKS! you are awesome. This has saved me some trouble for sure..

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        And scratch up the whole surface.

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        John 6 years ago

        Use a rough sandpaper

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        That seems odd to me, since Awesome is citrus-based and all natural. It is alkaline, though. Myself, I'd try some lemon juice on a small part of glass as an experiment or clean the entire glass end table with Awesome -- I see always a possibility that what you have is a very clean ring in a field of not-100%-clean glass.

        You can call and ask the company themselves at 1-800-891-2426. They are in St. Joseph MO.

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        diana 6 years ago

        i have a cleaner that is called "awesome" it leaked on my glass end table and left a ring, what can i use? glass plus doesn't work.

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Thanks for that tip; I'll try it!

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        duffsparky 6 years ago

        Tin oxide powder mixed with a little water will work. I used some to remove a bad scrath on a PC CRT monitor. It took the anti-glare coating off the screen as well though.

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        Dinesh 6 years ago

        Try using Tobacco..more crude the better results...its a common and cheapest rain repellent used by truck drivers here in India....:)

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Sure - There are a couple others listed above but the best bet is what professionals use. If it does not work, you'd need a new shelf probably -- Janvil's Cerium Oxide is the product.

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        Sue Nitz 6 years ago

        A pot scratched a glass shelf in a brand new refridgerator. Tried Brasso and toothpaste but they didn't work. Any ideas?

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        I don't know about that one. Take your phone to the jewelry counter of a department store or camera shop and ask them to try a sample of any scratch remover they may have on hand. Department stores often provide free cleanings and such for customers.

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        room.4.you 6 years ago

        can I buff scratches out of my camera lense on my HTC evo phone? I took the case off and now my photos are not as crisp.

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Windshield rain repellant can also work!

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Depend on the type of glass and how deep the scratch. Let us know what you find that works there in UK, Paul!

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        Paul 6 years ago

        just tried Brasso and toothpaste and neither worked

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Try the suggestions in the Hub above. Good luck!

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        Gerry Cottle 6 years ago

        just bought a used glass top coffee table and it has some scratches in it,most of them are not deep,can barely feel them,any sugestions?

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        ji 6 years ago

        not bad

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        Robert C Elliott 7 years ago

        I recently scratched my car windshield scraping off ice!!! definitly pissed me off and looking for cures!

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        rpgiggle 7 years ago

        I just used Brasso to get a small scratch of my home window. With a little elbow grease it came out! Thanks for the tips.

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        Tucson Auto Glass 8 years ago from Tucson Arizona

        vERY COOL! i NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT TO USE MUSTARD!

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        karpouzian 8 years ago from Iowa

        Be careful what kind of glass that you use Cerium Oxide (rare earth) on. If it is a home window, there me be a coating on one side or another that will be damaged by such a harsh abrasive.

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        Lea 8 years ago

        I keep ruining my glasses...SOMETIMES I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW!!! I need help...something a 12 year old can do to repair glass lenses (i just scrtached both...only one is getting repaired though!!!!!!!!!

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        Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Some of these ideas do work on some sun glasses if they have glass lenses. Probably not on plastic lenses. Thanks for visiting!

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        Adamant R.A. 10 years ago

        Does this also work for Sunglasses???

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        glassvisage 10 years ago from Northern California

        Interesting! I love hubpages. I don't know how you figured these out, but thanks for publishing this hub :)

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        Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Hi Guru-C -- tips like these helped me finally swtich from plastic to glass. :)

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        Cory Zacharia 10 years ago

        Hello Patty, This is a subject very dear to me because I'm a bit of a bull in a china shoppe :-)

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        Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Let me know how it turns out!

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        Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

        Hm.. I never thought dry mustard and white vinegar. May have to give that one a try. Thanks

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