How to repair a scratched glass table top

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How to repair a scratched glass table top
Repair a scratched glass table top with toothpaste. (BaronVisi/iStock/Getty Images)

Although a scratch on a glass table top may seem permanent, certain procedures can remove the blemish or make it less noticeable. Over time, the scratch collects dust and dirt within the crevice, which makes it even more prominent. Glass has the same texture and colour throughout its thickness, allowing for a simple process that will remove or disguise the scratch. Use a few household staples to diminish or completely remove the unsightly scratch mark.

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Things you need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft cloths
  • Toothpaste
  • Sponge
  • Clear nail polish
  • Nail polish remover

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    Toothpaste method

  1. 1

    Spray glass cleaner on the glass table top. Wipe the cleaner from the glass with a soft cloth.

  2. 2

    Spread 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) of toothpaste over the scratch on the glass table top.

  3. 3

    Press the toothpaste into the scratch by rubbing it back and forth with a damp sponge. Look at the scratch periodically, and continue rubbing to remove the entire scratch.

  4. 4

    Wipe the toothpaste from the glass with a damp sponge.

  5. 5

    Spray window cleaner on the glass table once again, and wipe clean with a soft cloth.

    Nail polish trick

  1. 1

    Wipe dust from the scratch with a clean cloth.

  2. 2

    Fill the scratch mark with clear nail polish.

  3. 3

    Wet a clean cloth with nail polish remover. Wipe up any clear nail polish from the area around the scratch with the cloth. Drape the cloth over a finger to remove the excess nail polish. Allow the clear polish to dry for 24 hours before cleaning.

  4. 4

    Spray glass cleaner over the table top, and wipe it clean with a soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use gel toothpaste; use white toothpaste only.
  • A barely noticeable indentation may remain on the table top after eliminating the blemish.

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