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How To Remove Scratches From Glass With Common Products

Reviewed by Professional Cleaner Jennifer L. Betts
Scratched glass

You can learn to use common products to remove scratches from glass. You may already have these products in your pantry or underneath the sink.

How to Remove Scratches From Glass With Baking Soda

You can get scratches out of glass with baking soda. The art of getting scratches out of glass involves buffing the scratches out of the glass. Baking soda gives you that ability when you add a little water and elbow grease.

Supplies Needed

  • Clean, lint-free cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon or fork
  • 8-10 cotton balls
  • Soft cloth

Directions

  1. Mix baking soda and water with a 1:1 ratio in the bowl with either a spoon or fork.
  2. Once mixed, you may need to add a little more baking soda until you have a thin paste consistency.
  3. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture.
  4. Rub the mixture covered cotton ball onto the scratch on the glass.
  5. Use circular motions to work the baking soda into the glass for a few seconds.
  6. Use a clean cloth with warm water to rinse.
  7. If the scratches are still present, repeat the process.
  8. Dry with a soft cloth.

How Does Toothpaste Remove Scratches From Glass?

Another technique is to use toothpaste. You will need a paste, not a gel type of toothpaste.

Supplies

  • Toothpaste (not gel)
  • Damp soft cloth
Toothpaste squeezed out of tube

Directions

  1. Dab toothpaste on the scratch.
  2. Use the damp cloth to rub the toothpaste into the scratch using circular motions.
  3. Continue rubbing the toothpaste into the glass for a few seconds.
  4. Rinse with clean, warm water.
  5. Finish with a dry, soft cloth.
  6. Repeat if necessary until scratches are no longer visible.

Use Brasso to Remove Scratches From Glass

You can use the metal cleaner and polish, Brasso, to buff scratches from glass. The Brasso acts as a filler for the scratches. If you don't have Brasso on hand, other metal polishes, especially those jewelers use, will also work.

Supplies Needed

  • Brasso
  • 100% cotton balls or soft clean cloth

Directions

  1. Clean the glass to remove all oil, dust, and debris.
  2. Put a dab of Brasso polish on a cotton ball or cotton cloth. Less is more. Too much Brasso can damage the glass.
  3. Polish the scratched area of the glass for several seconds, using circular motions.
  4. Rinse in warm water and use a dry cloth to finish up.
  5. If the glass retains a foggy area, you can refurbish with nail polish remover.

Use Nail Polish to Remove Scratches From Glass

Unlike other methods, nail polish isn't used to buff out scratches. Instead, you can use a thin layer of nail polish on the glass to fill in the scratches.

Supplies Needed

  • Clear nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Soft dry cloth
Bottle with nail polish

Directions

  1. Use the nail polish brush applicator.
  2. Spread a very thin layer of nail polish over the scratches.
  3. Allow the nail polish to thoroughly dry (30 minutes to 1 hour).
  4. Dab nail polish remover onto the cloth.
  5. Gently wipe the glass surface to remove any nail polish that adhered to the glass surface.
  6. Be careful not to lift the polish wedged within the scratches.

Remove Scratches From Eyeglasses With DIY Mixture

Many eyeglasses aren't made from glass but a type of plastic or polycarbonate. Be careful when attempting to remove scratches so you don't damage the lenses. Use a combination of white vinegar and dry mustard to create a buffing cream.

Supplies Needed

  • Dry mustard
  • White vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cotton balls
  • Plastic gloves

Directions

  1. Combine the dry mustard and white vinegar to create a loose paste.
  2. Don plastic gloves since mixture can burn skin.
  3. Dab cotton ball into mixture.
  4. Gently work into the scratches using circular motions for several seconds.
  5. Rinse with warm water.
  6. Dry with a clean cloth.

Does WD 40 Remove Scratches From Glass?

You should not use WD 40 in an attempt to remove scratches from glass. WD 40 isn't a polish; it's a lubricant that contains petroleum and oils.

Techniques to Remove Scratches From Glass

There are many methods for removing scratches from glass. You can easily use these techniques to restore the glass to a smooth scratch free surface.

How To Remove Scratches From Glass With Common Products