How to Fix Scratched Glass

Written by timothy bodamer
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How to Fix Scratched Glass
A scratch on a window can be unsightly and hazardous if not fixed. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Having a scratched piece of glass is annoying and unpleasant to look at. Whether it's on the window, door, mirror, or table top, fixing the problem is important for aesthetic and practical reasons. If you don't fix the problem, the scratch can lead to a crack. In addition, it can pose a safety risk with children. Plenty of natural fixes and products are available to make the repair.

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Things you need

  • Clear nail polish
  • Metal polishing compound
  • Cloth
  • Towel
  • Toothpaste
  • Dry mustard
  • Vinegar
  • Professional glass repair solutions

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  1. 1

    Apply clear nail polish to the scratch with the applicator brush provided. Brush the polish onto the glass evenly to coat the scratch. Repeat and reapply to ensure the scratch is covered.

  2. 2

    Apply a metal polishing compound for a deeper scratch. Polish the scratch with a wet cloth. Use pressure to polish out a deep scratch. Wipe dry with a towel.

  3. 3

    Apply toothpaste to the scratch. Use a toothpaste cream rather than gel products, as it provides better adhesiveness. Clean the surface with a lint-free cloth. Apply the toothpaste evenly and wipe off excess toothpaste. After the toothpaste dries, buff the excess with a cloth until the glass is even and the scratch is eliminated.

  4. 4

    Prepare a natural solution to fix a moderate scratch. Mix dry mustard and vinegar in equal parts. Apply the solution to fill the scratch by using your fingers. After the solution dries, buff the glass with a cloth.

  5. 5

    Use professional solutions. Glass repair products are available online or at home improvement stores. The glass repair product comes with the solution and the applicator. Professional solutions repair glass by chemically softening the glass over the original scratch; then buff the glass with a polishing cloth. The cloth will even out the area and eliminate the scratch. These products are usually a blend of chemicals, abrasives and lubricant agents.

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