We all have our favourite pair of sunglasses. They can make or break an outfit and are an absolute must during the summer, but sunglasses definitely take a beating over time. Whether an animal or child gets a hold of them or they are dropped, our glasses are eventually going to get scratched. Before throwing those damaged shades in the trash, try repairing them yourself.
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Things you need
- Etching cream
- Optical grade cleaning cloth
Mix equal parts vinegar and mustard together to form a very thin paste. Vinegar and mustard can buff away and seal scratches in glass, hopefully returning them to a like-new condition.
Apply a liberal amount of paste over the entire surface of the lenses and let the paste air dry completely. As the paste is drying, it works to seal in scratches to be buffed out later.
Buff the surface of the lenses with an optical grade cloth until the dried paste is completely removed. Cloths such as these can be found at almost any department store, as well as your local vision centre. It is an absolute must to buff the lenses with a lint-free cloth, as those that leave lint behind may also leave behind many small scratches.
Buff the lenses again with another soft, lint-free cloth and a small amount of etching cream. Many times once you have removed the smaller scratches, there can be a few more pronounced and deeper scratches left that the paste did not take care of. The etching cream will fill any leftover scratches and resurface lenses.
It is important to buff in a circular motion very gently, as the etching cream can be abrasive to the lenses if it is not done properly.
Check for any remaining scratches in direct sunlight. If you find there are still scratches on the lenses, you may repeat the process from start to finish to get the desired results.
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