If you own glasses, inevitably they will become scratched through everyday use. Most of the time the scratches do not actually penetrate the lens of your glasses but just the protective coating on top. If you need your glasses for everyday tasks, trying to see through scratched lenses quickly becomes irritating. Although you may be tempted to purchase brand new glasses, consider ways to repair the scratches yourself using common household items.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Soft cloth
- Mild soap
- White toothpaste
- Lemon Pledge
- Armour Etch
- Cigarette ashes
- Liquid Band-Aid
Apply a white toothpaste that does not contain any chemical whiteners since this could cause more damage to your lenses. Apply the toothpaste to the scratches with a cotton swab, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse off the toothpaste, and clean the lens with a polishing cloth.
Rub Brasso into your lenses. Brasso is a very effective polish for eyeglass scratches. Pour some Brasso onto a clean soft cloth, and rub it directly onto the lens of your glasses for 3 to 5 minutes. Use soap and water to wash it off, and let the glasses air dry.
Spray Lemon Pledge on a soft cloth. Gently rub the cloth over the surface of the lens for a few minutes. Use a mild soap with warm water to wash the lenses. If you have a large number of scratches, repeat this method as necessary to remove them all.
Apply Armor Etch cream liberally to both the front and back sides of the lenses. Leave it on for 5 minutes, and rinse it off thoroughly. One application is usually enough to get all of the scratches out.
Collect cigarette ashes from an ashtray. Do not put ash from a lit cigarette directly onto your lens as this will damage them. Rub the ashes directly into the scratches with your fingers. Wash the lens under running water. Use more ashes if your lenses have many scratches.
Spray liquid Band-Aid on your lenses. Leave the liquid on your lenses to naturally air dry, and wipe away any excess. If you have any scratches left over, repeat the process until you have removed them all.
Tips and warnings
- Purchase liquid Band-Aid at your local pharmacy.
- Check with your optometrist to see if your glasses are under warranty before performing any home repairs. You may void your warranty unknowingly by repairing the glasses yourself.
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