How to Remove Small Scratches on Glass?

How to Remove Small Scratches on Glass?

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Gregory Han
Jul 21, 2009

Q - This might be a silly question and a lost cause but I'm looking for advice on a tragedy that occurred this weekend. As my mother was telling me to be careful with the glass top of my brand new Noguchi coffee table when I have guests over she literally scratched it with a platter!

Now that scratch mocks me whenever I walk into the room. Tiny? Yes. But removable? I know it will happen again over time, but it breaks my heart after having just been delivered. Curious if there's a way to get out small scratches in new glass. Eeep! Thank you so much for your help.

Posted by Kristin

Editor - Kristin, don't fret...you can remove small scratches from glass by buffing it out using jeweler's rouge with a lamb's wool buffing pad. Jewelers rouge was originally developed for the jewelry trade for buffing soft, fine and precious metals to produce a brilliant, high lustrous finish, so when used with lamb's wool, the circular motion will gently remove the scratch. Don't put too much pressure and occasionally check to see the progress made. When you feel like the scratch has been sufficiently removed or lessened, use a mixture of 2 ounces of ammonia with 2 quarts of water as a rinse with a soft sponge.

Here's a more in-depth how-to by Crystal Ray of the Associated Press about How to Remove Scratches from Glass for additional info.

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