Everyday Cheapskate: How to Fix Scratches on Glass
Our homes are well-accessorized with glass from windowpanes to shower doors to tabletops to lovely glassware. While glass is both beautiful and durable, normal wear and tear or mindless abuse can result in ugly surface scratches.
I wanted to kick myself around the block. Rather than stop and think, I grabbed a razor blade to remove adhesive stuck to a kitchen window. Instead, I managed to create several ugly surface scratches.
It took a few hours of research and testing to discover three easy ways to fix scratches on glass. Here are the three methods that use ordinary household items and a little elbow grease, beginning with the easiest and least invasive.
Provided the scratches are smooth and relatively tiny, toothpaste offers a cheap way to fix scratches on glass. But not just any toothpaste. You want non-gel whitening toothpaste that contains baking soda, such as Arm & Hammer Advance White.
First, clean and dry the area well. Next, apply just a dot of toothpaste to a clean, damp, lint-free cloth. Using small, circular motions, work the toothpaste into the scratches for about a minute. Using a clean area on the wet cloth, wipe away the toothpaste. Inspect to see if the scratch has disappeared. If so, rinse well, and buff the glass clean. If evidence of the scratch is still visible, repeat as necessary.
The next way to fix scratches on glass is to rub them out with metal polish. Slightly more abrasive than toothpaste, metal polish is a better method if the scratches are slightly deeper.
There are lots of choices when it comes to metal polish, available at your local home center or on Amazon. I swear by Simichrome All Metal Polish. I use it on silver, brass and now glass, too.