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How to Get Scratches Out of Glass

Updated on March 26, 2012

Getting Scratches Out of Glass Yourself

We have all experienced a situation where one of our everyday glass items has been scratched, cracked or broken. From windshields to tables and glasses to pairs of glasses, we have all had one of these annoying occurrences. How to get scratches out of glass therefore becomes one of the primary skills one should learn in order to avoid costly professional repair bills.

Best Way to Remove Scratches From Glass

Brass metal polish is probably the simplest and easiest method of getting scratches out of glass. Simply apply the cream to the glass and polish it thoroughly with a soft cloth to get the resin into the scratched area of the glass. It's as easy as smoothing away the appearance of the scratch and buffing it back to a flawless finish. When complete, the brass metal polish should no longer be visible, as should the glass scratch no longer appear upon the surface of the glass.

Cheaper Alternatives

While brass metal polish is indeed the best way to remove scratches from glass, it can however be a bit expensive for anyone on a tight budget. But fear not! There are many alternative methods for getting scratches out of glass that one can consider, that will yield excellent results and be kind to the wallet, too.

  • Toothpaste: used as a polishing agent, toothpaste has a pretty good success rate at removing scratches from damaged glassware or eyeglasses. Simply rub the toothpaste into the scratched area with a soft cloth and polish it upon the surface until the scratch is repaired and no longer visible.
  • A Homemade Recipe: another cheap method of getting scratches out of glass involves a bit of a recipe, but is simple and cheap nonetheless. It involves dry mustard and white vinegar. Simply mix the dry mustard and white vinegar into a fine paste and apply topically to the scratched area of glass that you are attempting to repair. Polish it into the area until the scratch is no longer visible to the naked eye. A word of caution, however: dry mustard can be damaging to the cornea in its raw form (before being mixed into the paste) so use caution when making the polishing paste.

How to Remove Stubborn Scratches

Another beneficial method of removing really stubborn scratches from glass, provided one has the money, is a rain repellant product, such as "Green Earth Technologies Hydrophobic Rain Repellent" available from Amazon. A rain repellent is typically applied to car windshields and wiper blades to improve a driver's visibility.

This cost effective method also has the benefit of reducing fogging to glasses, and/or improving water resistance if the glass item is used outdoors in stormy weather.

Simply apply the repellant with a non-abrasive cloth (typically those cloths used in eyeglasses are preferable for all forms of polish in this list, and for everyday gleaning of glass items in general). Polish gently every few seconds, provided the scratch is not too incredibly deep and this should yield the glass or glassware as good as new, removing the scratches out of the glass entirely.

Using these cost-effective methods should yield some cheap and effective ways to keep your glass products going for a long and healthy lifetime, without need of professional cleaners and services.

Learning how to remove scratches from glass by applying these quick cheap fixes is a skill that can be taught to the whole family for generations to come.

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      Wow, I had no idea there are cheap and easy ways to get rid of scratches on glass. Thanks for a very useful and informative hub. Voted up and useful, and thanks for sharing!

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      Kevin J Timothy 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Will this work for the screens on HD tvs?

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      My pleasure, Christine! I'm glad you found the tips helpful. Hopefully your dog doesn't scratch any more of your windows!


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      Christine Adams 5 years ago

      Thank you...thank you...thank husband and I installed an arch window in our kitchen last year and unfortunately we hadn't gotten to removing the back porch that is below it yet as we removed a kitchen door from there but lo and behold my dog has scratched the window! I was afraid there was no remedy for this so thank you so much for your tips!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I'm sorry I'm so behind in replying to all your great comments! This March challenge is really keeping me on my toes :)

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      Thanks to you all for being such great hubbers and leaving valuable comments. Your feedback is very important to me. I am looking forward to reading more of your own hubs.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Very useful household hints. Toothpaste is also useful for cleaning white enamel refrigerators. I loved reading all your ideas.

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      ratnaveera 5 years ago from Cumbum

      A lot of thanks for presenting nice and useful Hub to keep glass things from getting scratches. Thumbs Up!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Wow, I didn't know, thank you Cloverleaf. Such Wonderful and Cheap Methods to get scratches out of Glass. I will definitely try some of these methods. Thanks so much for sharing

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      This is great info. I never knew removing scratches from glass is so easy. I have one query - When we use these on glassware, won't they get washed away? Voted up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips. I am going to try the mustard remedy on a glass table in our home. Voted up.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Great practical tips!

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      bredandagnes 5 years ago from Ireland

      Great sugestions-Going to try some of them.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Our glasses these aren't made of glass? Joyce

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is a very useful hub. I have some scratched eye glasses, now I'll be able to use them again.

      Thanks for the tips.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Really, really useful - especially for me! Thank yoi!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      I am actually reading this hub through scratched glasses....I'm hopping off now to put some toothpaste on em! Voted up and useful.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very useful hub. I have scratched eye glasses, end tables, and the windshield in the car could use some work. Thank you for sharing all these great ways of removing scratches out of glass.

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from England

      We all get scratches on glass or personal items occasionally, voted this hub up and shared. Great tips, thanks.