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how to remove scratches from glasses with toothpaste?

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I post at this other board and someone was asking about removing scratches from their eyeglasses. One person suggested toothpaste and even said she had used it.

I can't imagine toothpaste would do anything good for eyeglass lenses! Even basic plastic lenses without AR, I wouldn't think it would work well at all. Has anyone heard of this or tried it? It just sounds so wrong.

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asked Feb 11, 2017 in Health by smyadmin
edited Feb 11, 2017 by smyadmin

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On the buffing wheel??
I could work. It is a finer abrasive than the polish we use (I think).
I think it would leave waves from the buffing wheel.
I don't know how well hardcoats will buff.
If you were to do it by hand, then it would take a week.

How about that, I had absolutely nothing to offer:hammer:.
Shouda keep my fingers shut.
answered Feb 11, 2017 by MarcE
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It's amazing what you find when you google stuff. I discovered this thread where people are talking about how to remove bad ARs. Several people said they would never get it again, which is a shame.

One man said he got some internet glasses and the AR got all scratched up after 5 months. He swore he would never get AR again. So he has some glasses with a $5.00 AR coat and he decides all AR is bad.   That cheap stuff that scratches and crazes and is horrible to clean turns so many people off AR.

Anyway, many people said they had good luck removing the AR with Armour Etch. They said you can get it from Micheals. I thought that was interesting. We used to have some AR remover that worked great. I think someone cleaned out the lab and threw it away. :( It said not to use it on poly, though.
answered Feb 11, 2017 by Happylady
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Armour Etch is a glass etching cream. I wouldn't use it unless I was trying to opaque a lens!

If you use toothpaste or any other snake oil scratch remover on a lens, you're bound to remove the scratch resistant coating, at the very least. This means the lens will scratch easier. Worst case would be causing waves. Not that you'd cause waves very quickly with toothpaste...
answered Feb 11, 2017 by FullCircle
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Most toothpaste contains aluminum oxide (white rouge) so I guess that you could remove scratches from lenses. It might take you twenty hours or so even with a power buffer. You would also create a new multifocal lens with a truly unique set of parameters.
answered Feb 11, 2017 by rbaker
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We actually have really good luck with the Armour Etch...we do it very rarely, but it works. Takes between 5 and 8 minutes, takes it off with little fuss, although it's nasty gritty and smells like chlorinated old socks. It doesn't opaque the lens at all, or at least not so anyone notices. We do a one-time warranty for scratching, and after that, removing the A/R is the only thing we can do.
answered Feb 11, 2017 by maggiferous
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If its a cheap AR, not the substrate matched type, just soak in greased lightning for about 3 hours. Voila, new lens, no scratches. Take cup with greased lightning, and dump it on tile floor, get mop, clean floor, and disposal is complete. Charge patient $20 bucks, everyones happy.
answered Feb 11, 2017 by obxeyeguy
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Just had a new stainless steel refrigerator delivered, with a long scuff/scratch on the front door. The installer said...don't worry...it'll come off with the stainless steel polish. Looking at the size and depth of the scratch, I didn't believe him so I immediately took the polish that came with the fridge and voila, within 15 seconds it was gone. I couldn't believe it.

I wonder if stainless steel polish can be used to remove lens scratches? Better yet, I wonder if toothpaste will remove scratches from my refrigerator.
answered Feb 11, 2017 by fjpod
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We had one patient at the office in Massachusetts who used toothpaste on his lenses on a regular basis. No AR, of course. His lenses were always immaculate -- not a scratch, even after 3 years of daily use.

In the old days, my father used to recommend Pledge furniture polish for filling in hairline scratches. It's optically neutral (hence the Pledge ads), and it does give a nice shine to the lenses also. Clearly, this was in the days before AR.;) I still suggest it to patients who have some hairline scratches, no AR, and want to extend their lens life a few months.

Great home-remedies thread, everyone.
answered Feb 11, 2017 by Andrew Weiss
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Obviously you never looked at one of those "polished" hard contact lenses under 7X magnification after "polishing" it. I have. Even a brand new PMMA lens will have a surface so bad that it will collect oil in wearing within 15 minitues.
No exceptions, no "you just didn't know how to apply it." It ruins lenses!
Might not be so bad on spectacles as they are not in contact with the meibonium glands. But I will be willing to bet that when viewed twith 7X magnification and through and through light the "polished" area will appear gray (surface man's defininion of gray).
This is another one of those things I will bet cash money on.
The roughest thing a PMMA lens can be really polished with is diatomeous earth (Silvo Silver polish) the roughest HGP's is Silo-care or X-Pal and then you have to be very carefull.

answered Feb 11, 2017 by chip anderson
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No polishing will work..........................
Polishing scratches will need abrasion.........which in turn means change the lens surface and making it wavy.

The only way to make a lens usable again is to fill the scratches with a polysiloxane polymer which when cured and buffed by hand will make the lens look like new and stick to the lens permanently.and will not react to any solvents.

However deep scratches will still be visible at certain angles. However this will work perfectly as a temporary solution. It is easy to apply and available. Called "Lens Renew" from OMS Optochemicals.
answered Feb 11, 2017 by Chris Ryser

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