How to Remove Unwanted Scratches from Your Sunglasses

Updated July 05, 2018

Sunglasses are a fun, but pricey, accessory—some sunglasses can run you £65 or more. If these sunglasses get scratches in them, it can be hard to see out of them. It is also less fashionable to have scratches on your stylish sunglasses. You can get rid of the unwanted scratches with some household products and a little elbow grease.

Put on a pair of plastic gloves and smear a thick layer of Armour Etch etching compound on your sunglass lenses—the tops and the bottoms of the lenses. Leave the Armour Etch on the sunglasses for five minutes and then rinse it off under the faucet with cold water. You can find Armour Etch at any craft store. It is designed to be a fast acting etching compound and works great for getting rid of scratches.

Spray lemon Pledge furniture polish directly on your lenses, both front and back. Rub it in with a rag. Wash the sunglasses with dish soap and water.

Spray the liquid Band-Aid on the sunglass lenses being careful to wipe off any excess with a paper towel. Let the liquid dry and then wear your sunglasses. Liquid Band-Aid is sold at pharmacies.

Apply BRASSO furniture polish to your lenses and rub it in for three minutes. This product tackles the really stubborn scratches. Wash your lenses off with soap and water.

Rub cigarette ashes in the scratches and then wash clean. You may have to do this more than once to completely get rid of the scratch.


Any Pledge product should remove the unwanted scratches from your sunglasses.


Do not use generic brands as they will not work as well to remove the scratches.

Things You'll Need

  • Armour Etch
  • Lemon Pledge
  • Liquid Band-aid
  • Cigarette ashes
  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • Soap
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