As your windows age, wear and tear from the elements can lead to an increasing number of scratches on your window panes. These kinds of superficial scratches in glass can be repaired at home through a few different methods. Read below to find out the ways that you can fix scratched windows.
Before attempting any of these methods, be sure to clean and dry the surface of the scratch. This will ensure that dirt and dust does not get trapped in the scratch.
Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish over the scratch, allowing the polish to cover and fill the scratch. Let the polish dry, then wipe away any excess polish on the window. The nail polish should cover the scratch lightly and make it less visible.
Add non-gel toothpaste to a wet cloth, then rub the toothpaste into the scratch, moving your hand in a circle. You can also add baking soda to the toothpaste if the toothpaste does not work by itself. Finally, clean the glass again with a wet cloth. This method may take a few attempts to work completely.
Apply metal polish to the scratched window with the same method used to apply toothpaste, and then wipe the polish away. This method should not be repeated too often, as the polish can eventually cause damage to the window.
If you have cerium oxide on hand, you can mix it with water to create a paste. You can also purchase glass polishing products that contain cerium oxide. Rub the mixture into the scratch, using a cloth and light pressure, making sure to apply it evenly throughout the scratch. Wipe away any extra mixture with a wet cloth.
These methods are suited for shallow scratches in glass. If the scratches in your window are deep enough to catch the tip of your fingernail, you should contact a professional to discuss repair. If the windows are beyond repair, contact Window World TX for a free in-home consultation to discuss replacement window options for your home.