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How to Get Scratches Out of Glass

Can You Remove Scratches From Glass?

If you're wondering can you remove scratches from glass yourself, then the answer is "absolutely, yes!"!

We have all experienced a situation where one of our everyday glass items has become scratched, which can be very annoying particularly when the item is expensive to replace.

  • Phone Screens
  • Eye Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Glass Tables
  • Windshields, and so on...

Knowing how to get scratches out of glass using an inexpensive DIY method is therefore a good skill to learn to avoid costly professional repair bills.

Getting Scratches Out of Glass Using Brass Metal Polish

Brass metal polish is probably the simplest and easiest method of getting scratches out of glass.

Simply apply the cream to the glass and polish it thoroughly with a soft cloth to get the resin into the scratched area of the glass. It's as easy as smoothing away the appearance of the scratch and buffing it back to a flawless finish. When complete, the brass metal polish should no longer be visible, as should the glass scratch no longer appear upon the surface of the glass.

Does Toothpaste Remove Scratches From Glass?

While brass metal polish is the best way to remove scratches from glass, it can however be a bit expensive for anyone on a tight budget. But fear not! There are many alternative methods for getting scratches out of glass that one can consider, that will yield excellent results and be kind to the wallet, too.

  • Toothpaste: used as a polishing agent, toothpaste has a pretty good success rate at removing scratches from damaged glassware or eyeglasses. Simply rub the toothpaste into the scratched area with a soft cloth and polish it upon the surface until the scratch is repaired and no longer visible.
  • A Homemade Recipe: another cheap method of getting scratches out of glass involves a bit of a recipe, but is simple and cheap nonetheless. It involves dry mustard and white vinegar. Simply mix the dry mustard and white vinegar into a fine paste and apply topically to the scratched area of glass that you are attempting to repair. Polish it into the area until the scratch is no longer visible to the naked eye. A word of caution, however: dry mustard can be damaging to the cornea in its raw form (before being mixed into the paste) so use caution when making the polishing paste.


How Do You Get Rid of Scratches on a Phone Screen?

The toothpaste method usually works really well for getting rid of scratches on a phone screen. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Take a clean, soft cloth and gently wipe the surface of your phone to clean and remove any smudges.

2. Apply a small amount of toothpaste onto the cloth and gently rub the surface of the phone screen in small circular motions until the scratches are removed.

3. For smaller areas, it also works well to apply the toothpaste onto a clean cotton wool ball or Q-tip, and again apply it to the scratched area in small, circular motions.

4. Take a clean and slightly moistened cloth to gently remove the excess toothpaste from the screen of your phone.

VIDEO: How to Remove Scratches from Phone Screen

Can a Scratched Windshield be Repaired?

Another beneficial method of removing really stubborn scratches from glass is by the use of a rain repellent product, such as Green Earth Technologies Hydrophobic Rain Repellent available from Amazon.

A rain repellent is typically applied to car windshields and wiper blades to improve a driver's visibility, so this product works particularly well for removing scratches on on vehicle windshields

This cost effective method also has the benefit of reducing fogging to glasses, and/or improving water resistance if the glass item is used outdoors in stormy weather.

Simply follow these easy steps:

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1. Apply the rain repellent with a non-abrasive cloth (typically the types of cloths used in cleaning eyeglasses are preferable to use, as well as for everyday cleaning of glass items in general).

2. Polish gently in a circular motion

3. Use a clean cloth to remove the rain repellent product from the surface of the glass and inspect the scratch.

Provided the scratch is not too deep this should yield the glass or glassware as good as new, removing the scratches out of the glass entirely. If some scratches remain, repeat the process again.

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Using these cost-effective methods should yield some cheap and effective ways to keep your glass products going for a long and healthy lifetime, without need of professional cleaners and services.

Learning how to remove scratches from glass by applying these quick cheap fixes is a skill that can be taught to the whole family for generations to come.

Other Ways to Remove Scratches from Glass?

EJ on June 09, 2019:

Tried it, this does not work.

visionandfocus from North York, Canada on January 15, 2013:

Wow, I had no idea there are cheap and easy ways to get rid of scratches on glass. Thanks for a very useful and informative hub. Voted up and useful, and thanks for sharing!

Kevin J Timothy from Tampa, FL on July 10, 2012:

Will this work for the screens on HD tvs?

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on April 19, 2012:

My pleasure, Christine! I'm glad you found the tips helpful. Hopefully your dog doesn't scratch any more of your windows!


Christine Adams on April 17, 2012:

Thank you...thank you...thank husband and I installed an arch window in our kitchen last year and unfortunately we hadn't gotten to removing the back porch that is below it yet as we removed a kitchen door from there but lo and behold my dog has scratched the window! I was afraid there was no remedy for this so thank you so much for your tips!

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on March 19, 2012:

I'm sorry I'm so behind in replying to all your great comments! This March challenge is really keeping me on my toes :)

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Thanks to you all for being such great hubbers and leaving valuable comments. Your feedback is very important to me. I am looking forward to reading more of your own hubs.

Best wishes,


Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on March 18, 2012:

Very useful household hints. Toothpaste is also useful for cleaning white enamel refrigerators. I loved reading all your ideas.

ratnaveera from Cumbum on March 18, 2012:

A lot of thanks for presenting nice and useful Hub to keep glass things from getting scratches. Thumbs Up!

b. Malin on March 18, 2012:

Wow, I didn't know, thank you Cloverleaf. Such Wonderful and Cheap Methods to get scratches out of Glass. I will definitely try some of these methods. Thanks so much for sharing

hoteltravel from Thailand on March 18, 2012:

This is great info. I never knew removing scratches from glass is so easy. I have one query - When we use these on glassware, won't they get washed away? Voted up and useful.

Dianna Mendez on March 17, 2012:

Thanks for the great tips. I am going to try the mustard remedy on a glass table in our home. Voted up.

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on March 17, 2012:

Great practical tips!

bredandagnes from Ireland on March 17, 2012:

Great sugestions-Going to try some of them.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on March 17, 2012:

Our glasses these aren't made of glass? Joyce

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on March 17, 2012:

This is a very useful hub. I have some scratched eye glasses, now I'll be able to use them again.

Thanks for the tips.

acaetnna from Guildford on March 17, 2012:

Really, really useful - especially for me! Thank yoi!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on March 17, 2012:

I am actually reading this hub through scratched glasses....I'm hopping off now to put some toothpaste on em! Voted up and useful.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 17, 2012:

Very useful hub. I have scratched eye glasses, end tables, and the windshield in the car could use some work. Thank you for sharing all these great ways of removing scratches out of glass.

BRIAN SLATER on March 17, 2012:

We all get scratches on glass or personal items occasionally, voted this hub up and shared. Great tips, thanks.

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