How To Fix Scratches on Plastic Coated Glasses

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether they get lost in a crowded bag or fall lens-down on the ground, eyeglasses and sunglasses frequently suffer scratches. The good news is, if you've scratched up a pair of plastic-coated glasses, there are many methods you can try at home to reduce the scratches and keep your glasses in usable condition.

Apply a small amount of nonabrasive toothpaste to the scratch with a soft cloth. Rub in a circular motion for 10 seconds, then rinse. Repeat a second time if the scratch is not buffed away.

Mix baking soda with water to create a paste. Apply it to the scratch, rubbing in a circular motion for 10 seconds. Rinse and repeat if the scratch is not buffed away.

Apply furniture or car wax to the scratch with a soft cloth. Rub the wax into the scratch for several minutes or until the scratch is filled. Buff away any excess wax.

Spray the solution from a DVD/CD repair kit onto the glasses and let it sit for a few seconds. Gently buff away the scratch with a soft cloth.

Apply a thick coating of Armor Etch, a glass-etching compound, to both sides of the scratched lens. Do not rub it in. Let it sit for five minutes, then rinse and pat dry. Hydrofluoric acid, the compound's active ingredient, will remove the outer coating on plastic lenses, along with any surface scratches.


Never use Armor Etch on glass lenses, as it will cause permanent damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Toothpaste or baking soda
  • DVD/CD repair solution
  • Furniture or car wax
  • Armour Etch
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Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.