Removing Scratches from Glasses

Glasses take an amazing amount of abuse in modern life. Like most personal accessories they are subjected to indoor and outdoor environments, the presence of modern materials like stainless steel, tile and marble and granite surfaces in increasing varieties, and the hustle and bustle of rushing from car to office to home to dinners to the random abuse caused by pets and children. Today we will talk about removing scratches from glasses.

Removing Scratches from Glasses
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Some eyewear owners prefer to simply hand their tired eyeglasses over to an optical professional that offers surface care. Unfortunately these are becoming more difficult to find, and many glasses wearers are looking for information on how to care for surface abrasions themselves. We will begin with the removal of scratches.

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Like many modern items, eyeglasses have become increasingly complex and costly. Here areĀ  a few basic skills. First and foremost, always test patch anything you are intending to do to an eyeglass frame in an inconspicuous spot before you try it anywhere that is more visible. The inner flank of a temple arm is a good spot to try because if you are unhappy with the results, chances are you will be the only one that knows about it.

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Let us begin with a simple metal frame, that has no added color or surface treatment.

Perhaps it is mirror polished in the area that has scratched, or perhaps it has a brushed metal finish.

The first thing to determine is what the actual surface you are looking at really is. Most plain metal frames, regardless of the treatment of the surface, has an additional clear coat on it. If this is scratched, what you are actually looking at is abraded plastic, not metal. Abraded plastic can be made clear and smooth again following some fairly simple steps.

For a surface that you wish to make clear or glossy again, you should stick with the dry polishing clothes available in most department stores in the jewelry area. Purchase one of the common two-sided cloths that state they are for polishing silver or gold. The silver ones have a slightly more aggressive grade of grit powder in the darker side of the cloth, and will generally be better suited for polishing the cover finish on metal frames. Once again, start wit a test area. Even if the inner flank of a temple arm is not the spot you want to polish try doing that area first and look closely at the results.

Sometimes you will need to use a form like a wood pencil inside the cloth to make the polishing surface contact the area to be polished. Slow and consistent repetitive strokes will work best. If there is a brushed grain, polish in the direction of the grain.

Plain plastic frames with no surface coatings will respond about the same way as plastic coated metal . For removing scratches from glasses, stick with dry polishing cloths until you acquire the patience and technique required to bring the surface back to a uniform gloss.