How to Polish Scratches From a Camera Lens

Updated February 21, 2017

Scratches on a camera lens can ruin pictures, especially in bright light. Whether the lens is plastic or glass, it can be saved by polishing with toothpaste. The soft, abrasive quality of toothpaste helps smooth out the surface of the lens. Prevent future scratches by keeping the camera in a soft case and avoid touching the lens.

Apply a very small amount of toothpaste to the camera lens.

Spread the toothpaste evenly onto the scratches and allow it to sit for five minutes.

Run the cloth under water and wring it out. Wipe the lens in a small, circular motion. Wrap the cloth around one finger to avoid spreading toothpaste onto the rest of the camera.

Rinse the cloth to remove any toothpaste residue. Wipe the lens until it's clean. Dry it thoroughly before using the camera.


Some lenses have a protective film over them, so wipe gently to avoid scratching the film.

Things You'll Need

  • White toothpaste
  • Soft cloth
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