The reason we have glass windows is to get an unobstructed outdoor view, whether inside our house or car. A scratch on the glass surface could ruin that view. Hence, you have to find a way to remove the scratch.
Luckily, there are home-made remedies that would help remove the deep scratches? This guide highlights some of them and the best ways to remove scratches out of glass window. Let’s reveal how to use them.
Easy Methods to Remove Scratches from Glass
1. Applying Baking soda
Yes, you can use baking soda as a glass polishing compound. To use baking soda in removing scratches, first wash the window using a clean cloth and warm water. Ensure to use a neat fabric so that you don’t introduce debris or further scratches due to dirt on it.
Get a tablespoon of baking soda and water, and then mix them in a bowl. Ensure the container you use is clean, so you don’t include impurities in the mixture as this could result to more scratches.
Use a small spatula to do the mixing. Afterward, try to remove large particles of the baking soda that didn’t dissolve. You can stop mixing when it becomes a paste.
Get another cloth, a smaller one, wrap it around your first finger, and press it into the mixture. Remember to pick a little of the paste.
Apply the paste using the finger in a circular motion on the scratched part of the glass. Do this for about 30 seconds. If done correctly, you should start noticing the scratch going off.
Rinse and clean the glass with the cloth to ensure you take out all the baking soda. Voila! You have successfully removed the scratches.
2. Using Metal Polish
Any metal polish would do, but polish with Cerium Oxide works effectively.
Just like in the earlier method mentioned, wipe the glass clean with a damp cloth (making sure water is not dripping), and allowed to dry. If you do not allow the glass to dry, this could damage your glass, thus achieving the opposite of your goal.
Get a thin piece of cloth, especially cloth that would not leave threads on the glass and wrap it around your first finger. Get the polish on the fabric either by dipping your finger into the polish or by squeezing out the polish on the cloth, whichever works best for you. Avoid applying excessive metal polish on your finger so as not to get a negative result.
Apply the polish on the scratched portion of the glass. Rub the metal polish using circular motions for about 30 seconds. This procedure will get rid of scratches.
Get a clean cloth to wash off the metal polish, ensuring no particle of the polish remains on the glass.
3. Buffing with Toothpaste
As is the first rule in surgery, you have to sterilize your environment. Well, this is surgery performed on a sliding window, so you have to sterilize your glass by cleaning it with a damp cloth. This measure is to ensure that unwanted particles don’t interfere.
Make sure the cloth you’ll use for sterilization or cleaning is not dirty. Also, the toothpaste you’ll use is non-gel, or non-pigmented variety, in other words, powdery and white. Other forms of toothpaste will also work great as long as they contain baking soda.
Wrap a thin piece of clean cloth on your first finger. Squeeze out a pinky sized paste from your toothpaste tube onto the wrapped finger
Apply the paste on your scratched glass in a circular motion for 30 seconds and check on your progress. If the scratch is still there, you don’t have to worry because this method requires several applications to get a visible result.
After each application, rinse the glass, and if scratch persists, apply toothpaste again. Rub the spot in a circular motion for 30 seconds.
After you have completed the exercise with positive results, use a damp cloth to wipe off the toothpaste. Your glass should shine bright.
4. Applying Nail polish on Scratches
For this method, you would need nail polish, nail polish remover, an applicator, and a damp cloth. Ensure you clean the glass using a clean damp cloth.
Also, make sure you use a nail polish that is clear and devoid of any pigmentation or coloring for this process. Most nail polish comes with an applicator, so there is no need to use your finger for this process.
Dip the applicator into the bottle of nail polish. Afterward, use it to apply the polish over the scratch. The polish would seep into the scratch once it drops on it. Leave the polish on the scratched glass spot for 1 hour, so it set in well.
After that, get your nail polish remover and apply it on a clean piece of cloth. Then wipe the scratched portion using the fabric containing the nail polish remover. At this point, you will be amazed at how the scratches will vanish.
5. Using Cerium Oxide
We already know that cerium oxide works magic on scratches. It’s a pricey glass polishing compound, and you can use it for deep scratches like on windshields. Let us see how to use cerium oxide as a glass scratch remover.
First, clean the glass with water and a piece of clean cloth. Then mix the cerium oxide with water thoroughly until it forms a paste.
Afterward, Use a brush to rub the paste into the scratch. Ensure to apply with consistent pressure to prevent an undulating finish.
You should repeat the process until you fill the scratch. Clean the window with a damp cloth when you finish, ensuring your workspace is tidy.
6. Consult a Professional
If your fingernail can comfortably enter the scratch, then it’s not a minor scratch and requires the attention of a professional.
Also, if the scratch is deeper and you are finding it hard to remove, I suggest you consult a professional.
Sometimes the scratch might be too deep, rendering the glass irreparable. At this point, it calls for replacement instead of repair. But if the professional knows how to remove deep scratches from glass, you don’t need to replace it.
It is usually advisable to try fixing things yourself before consulting professional help. This article helps highlight the best ways to remove scratches from glass window. Some methods listed above include
- Using baking soda
- Use a metal polish
- Applying toothpaste
- Applying nail polish
- And using cerium oxide
If after using these methods, none of them works for you. I suggest you seek the help of a professional.