How to Remove Non-Glare Coating From Eyeglasses

Updated February 21, 2017

It can be an "eyesore" to look at or through glasses with a nonglare coating that is peeling. A peeling coat not only makes your glasses look like they haven't been cleaned, but it can interrupt your ability to see through them. A peeling or nonpeeling, nonglare coat can be removed from plastic or polycarbonate lenses. Glass lenses are especially sensitive, so a nonglare coat should only be removed from these types of lenses by a professional optometrist.

Put vinyl gloves on your hands. Open up a window and ventilate the room, or work outside.

Pour a drop of Armour Etch, a glass-etching cream, on the lens. Armour Etch is available at many arts and crafts stores and online. This product should not be used to remove a nonglare coating from glass lenses -- only plastic or polycarbonate lenses.

Rub the Armour Etch into the lens with your finger or a cotton swab to remove the antiglare coating.

Rinse the glasses in warm water to remove the Armour Etch residue. Reapply more Armour Etch, and repeat the process of removing the antiglare coating if necessary.

Dry the eyeglasses with a clean, soft cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinyl gloves
  • Armour Etch
  • Cotton swab
  • Soft cloth
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Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.