Sometimes, glass repair need not involve completely replacing damaged glass. If it’s just scratched, then scratch removal is a quick, easy, and inexpensive alternative.
When is it appropriate to try scratch removal as a form of glass repair?
Scratch removal only works on shallow, surface level scratches. If it’s a deep scratch, it probably can’t be polished out. Filling is one alternative to consider if the scratch isn’t very long and you are trying to avoid the cost and inconvenience of a complete replacement – this works well on auto glass such as windshields when you have a deep chip caused by a rock, and the same techniques can work on domestic glass or in commercial premises.
Scratch removal is well suited for:
* Scratching caused by pets, typically on glass doors, patio doors or windows
* Light scratching caused during construction or installation
* Accidental scratches and scuffs caused by placing rough objects onto glass surfaces
* Deliberate scratching caused by vandalism on shop windows or exterior fittings
* Graffiti – the same techniques work perfectly!
It can be used on all forms of glass, including doors, windows, shelves, cabinets, mirrors and table tops. Your Seattle glass repair specialist will be able to advise you whether your item is suitable for scratch removal or whether some other form of repair would be preferable.
How does scratch removal work?
The same techniques apply whether the scratch removal is carried out over a large or small area, although the tools may change slightly. The glass repair technician first applies a specialist polishing compound to the scratched area. This has a consistency very similar to toothpaste – and in fact some amateur sites recommend toothpaste as a cheap home alternative to the more expensive and more effective jeweler’s rouge. The area is then polished using an extremely soft pad, typically made of lamb’s wool, and a low-speed electric polisher.
The scratch is gradually polished out, and the area is then washed clean with chemicals to remove smears and stray particles of glass. Depending on the depth and severity of the scratch, the process may need to be repeated several times until the scratch is completely gone.
Can I perform scratch removal myself?
There is plenty of advice on the Internet on how to remove scratches from glass. If you want to try it yourself, here are a few tips.
* Don’t press too hard, particularly if you’re working on a window. The glass is already weak.
* Wear goggles and gloves to protect yourself from glass particles.
* Don’t try it on deep scratches – you’ll probably make it worse.
If you’re not sure about your ability to take on the job, call a Seattle glass repair professional before you start!
Glass Doctor of Seattle explain why glass repair need not involve replacing scratched glass. Call 206.337.2376 today for more information on affordable repairs for home, office, or vehicles.