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How do you remove scratches from glass table top?

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I have a question concerning a 30-year-old, ¾-inch-thick glass top for a coffee table. The glass has gotten terribly scratched over the years. Can a thick piece of glass be polished to remove the scratches?

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asked Feb 10, 2017 in Health by smyadmin

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To remove scratches from a glass table top, apply paste wax, whitening toothpaste or commercial scratch-removal paste to the surface of the table, then buff it out with a soft, clean cloth. Deeper scratches might require professional attention, which is safer than attempting to repair them at home.

Scratches that a person cannot feel when scraping the surface of the glass with a fingernail can usually be repaired easily.
Step 1: Clean the table top
Never attempt to seal scratches in a glass table top without cleaning it first. Failing to observe this step can result in dust or debris trapped in the scratches by the paste.
Step 2: Apply paste wax
Paste wax, toothpaste and other pastes are applied the same way. Apply a small amount to the area of the table that is scratched, then work it into the scratches with a cloth or sponge. Wipe it off with a separate cloth, then polish the entire table with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this step until the scratches are not noticeable.
If this does not work, consider a scratch repair kit (which is available in home improvement stores and some furniture stores) or consult a professional. If the glass is chipped in any way, expert advice is required to avoid breaking the table.
answered Feb 10, 2017 by Marcus M
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A. Try applying a thin layer of paste wax. Let it dry, then buff with a clean cotton cloth. If the scratches are shallow enough, that might be all you need. The wax fills the divots and helps light reflect as if the surface is smooth.

If that doesn’t do it, but the scratches are still so shallow that you can’t feel them with a fingernail, you can probably have them buffed out with a special polishing compound. Bel Pre Glassworks in Rockville (301-948-6003) does this using cerium oxide. The company does the work in its shop and will pick up pieces that are too large for customers to bring in themselves. The company doesn’t work in homes because the polishing compound can stain furnishings. Removing scratches usually takes at least half an hour, according to Courtney Ross, the sales and marketing director. The shop charges $60 an hour, so expect to pay at least $30.

If you want to attempt the repair yourself, check out products sold for rubbing away scratches in automobile glass, such as the Diamondite Glass Repair Kit. It sells for $50 to $60, depending on whether you get the system for hand application or the one for machine application. The machine kit includes a polishing pad that fits into an electric drill.

If your table has deeper scratches, attempts to rub them away with a buffing compound might leave the surface looking worse than it is now. But you can probably order a new glass top from a full-service glass company.
answered Feb 10, 2017 by tahiti

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