Cartier is a French manufacturer of watches, jewellery, eyeglasses and other luxury items. Founded in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier, the name is associated with mechanical precision and a necessarily high price tag. But like any other pair of glasses, those by Cartier are also subject to damage and wear over time. While many prefer to send their glasses to a licensed Cartier repair service, most fixes can be performed at home at little to no cost.
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Things you need
- Micro screwdriver set (Phillips and slotted)
- Nail buffer
- Microfiber cloth
- Baby oil
- Lens polishing cloth
- Hard storage case
Locate the hinges where the temples meet the frames of your Cartier glasses. Tighten the securing screws with a micro screwdriver to straighten the temples and improve the fit of the glasses.
Open the glasses and place them on a flat surface to check that they sit straight. If one side of the glasses is raised or appears uneven, tighten the screws which secure the nose bridge to the frames. If your Cartier glasses do not have these screws, grasp the frames and gently bend them until they sit straight.
Moisten a nail buffer with fresh water. Remove any small scratches in your lenses by rubbing them with the buffer in a gentle circular motion. Wipe away any remaining moisture on the lenses with a microfiber cloth.
Apply a small amount of baby oil to a lens polishing cloth. Rub the buffed area of the lenses with the cloth using a rapid circular motion to fill any remaining scratches. The oil also leaves your lenses looking clean and freshly polished.
Store your Cartier glasses in a hard storage case after your repairs to protect them from bumps, scratches and other damage.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid handling your glasses by the lenses while working.
- Visit your optician if you suspect that your Cartier glasses do not fit you correctly. This may cause the glasses to feel crooked, which may hinder your eyesight over time.
- If your lenses are very badly scratched, replacements will be required. Contact your optician to have lenses fitted to your Cartier glasses.
- Attempting home repair of your Cartier glasses may void the manufacturer's warranty.
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