6 Secrets on How to Remove Scratches from Glasses

There are times when we get clumsy and get scratches on glasses like our windshield or our windows no matter how hard we try not to. But most people think that when you have scratched a glass, it is permanent and resort to getting rid of the glass permanently.

However, that’s actually not the case. If the scratch is not too deep, then you can easily remove it with easy-to-obtain materials.

So this begs the question, how to remove scratches from glasses? What kind of things do you need? How effective is it? I made this article so that you will be able to get the very answers to those questions and to help people understand that a scratch is not the end of everything.


What Do You Need

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  • Water – just prepare an enough amount of water for the cleaning. You can place it in a water dipper or a container with a similar size. You could also consider having warm water.
  • Cloth – make sure to avoid choosing paper towels or cloths with a rough fabric because they have a tendency of adding more scratches to the glass surface.
  • Cerium oxide – also called the jeweler’s rouge. This is used as a polishing material for metal and optical glass (here is a sample of a jeweler’s rouge product)

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  • Toothpaste – if you only have a tiny scratch, you could use this alternative. But do not put too much trust in it if you are dealing with big scratches.
  • Metal polish – an alternative scratch remover. Though this is more appropriate when you’re dealing with cooking appliances such as cooktops that has glass material covering (check out a product here)
  • Nail polish – another alternative scratch remover. Additionally, also procure nail polish remover. Choose a nail polish that is transparent or clear.
  • DIY scratch remover – if you don’t want to deal with buying things you are not familiar with, you can make your own using substances you can find at your home. You only need mix water, white toothpaste and baking soda and create a paste that has a consistency similar to that of a pudding. Make sure there are no big clumps of baking soda left by stirring it properly.


Aside from the toothpaste, which is most appropriate for tiny scratches, the rest of the choices are good scratch removers. Though I advise going for cerium oxide if you want reliability but if you’re short on time and money, you could consider making the DIY scratch remover which also serves to remove the scratches well enough.


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  • Drill – you can find these in either furniture or hardware stores. It’s appropriate for dealing with deep and big scratches. Additionally, buy a buffing wheel to come with it. If you’re looking to buy one, check out a product here.

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  • Sponge – if you don’t have the drill on hand and you don’t want to spend money and time on getting a drill, you cold resort to using this. Although, it may take double the time and effort in removing the scratches.
  • Buffing pad – this could be also another alternative to a sponge. Others say that using a buffing pad, especially that is made with lamb’s wool material is the most effective.


If you can afford it, then do not hold back on buying a drill. It saves you twice the hassle when removing the scratches and not to mention, it could be of use for future purposes. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with sponges, though you’ll have to prepare to spare lots of effort in getting rid of the scratch. It might not be as effective as drills when it comes to big and deep scratches.

  • Household ammonia – make sure to handle household ammonia with care by wearing masks and protective gloves. It is essential to remember to dispose of it properly and not to mix it in with other household chemicals.
  • Small containers/spray bottle – get something that is medium-sized to serve as a container when you have mixtures and substances to deal with.

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The Removal Process

There are actually a lot of ways to deal with scratches, small or big, shallow or deep. I’ll be presenting you with, what I think, the best way to deal with them, no matter its size and depth.


Preparing the materials

The first thing you’ll need to do is to dip your buffing pad to the water and let it sit for a few minutes. While waiting for it, prepare your scratch remover solution by mixing at least two tablespoons of cerium oxide and an ample amount of water then mix it with a small rod until it has a good consistency. Also, be sure to clean the glass you’re fixing.

Note: You do not have to worry when you still see some bits of the cerium oxide hasn’t still dissolve, you can just leave them be.


Assembling the drill

Get the buffing pad that you left out of the water. Remove excess water by dabbing it with a clean towel and make sure it’s not dripping wet. Then proceed to attach it to the drill.


Removing the scratch

The most vital part of the process. Dip the polishing pad into the mixture of cerium oxide, make sure not to have any excess mixture dripping off. Remember to apply only moderate pressure to the glass and keep the drill at minimum speed which ranges from 2000 – 2500 revolutions per minutes (RPM).

Keep the drill stable and in removing the scratch, it is preferable that you move it side to side in a circular motion. Do this until a fine film of the cerium oxide covers the scratch area.

Note: If the scratch is in a place that is hard to reach, you could consider using a buffing pad or sponge and remove the scratch manually. It would take a lot of time though.


Preparing the cleaning agent

After that, you will need to wash away the cerium oxide and to do that you will need household ammonia. In preparing the cleaning agent, you will need to mix 15 milliliters of household ammonia and 500 milliliters of water (you can have it warm) and put it in a spray bottle.

Warning: Make sure to handle the household ammonia properly.


Cleaning the glass

Spray the solution on the area in which the fine film of cerium oxide is present. Then proceed to wipe it down with a clean and soft towel. Do this until you do not see a trace of cerium oxide.


Checking for scratches

Examine the area where you cleaned if there are still visible scratches. If it is, you will need to repeat steps 3-5. If the scratch is still visible after your third repetition, then it is best to have an expert fix it.

Alternative Ways

Despite me telling you that the aforementioned steps are the best way in removing scratches, it still does not hurt if I tell you different ways of removing scratches. Although, it’s really not quite effective as when you’re using the drill.

Regardless, here are the simple steps in removing scratches when you’re using a DIY scratch remover.

  • Clean the glass which you will be fixing.
  • Use a soft cloth or towel and dab the mixture into the area with the scratches.
  • Do circular and gentle motions over the area.
  • After thoroughly applying the mixture, leave it for a few minutes then proceed to wipe it down with another clean towel until it is completely dry.

Enjoy Scratch-free Glass Surfaces

So that’s the end of the tutorial. Did you enjoy it? Did it answer all of your questions concerning how to remove scratches from glass? It really makes me happy to be able to share this knowledge because there are times when I see people choosing to get rid of their scratched glasses even though they can still save it.

I want you to know that scratches can be removed and you can still save your glass. So do you have any additional questions, comments or reaction to my tutorial? Please feel free in letting me know down in the comments below and I’ll be sure to reply.

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