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How to Repair Scratches in Glass Tabletops

by Eric Jonas

Whether daily use has resulted in tabletop scratches, or your youngster found a way to etch a smiley face into the glass, you aren’t stuck with the scratches -- or the artwork -- forever. As long as the scratches are shallow, you can remove them on your own with a little elbow grease and patience. However, if you find deep scratches in the glass tabletop, enlist the help of a professional to restore your table to its former glory, or consider looking for a replacement.

Toothpaste Repair

Spray the scratched area of the table with a little glass cleaner and clean it up with a lint-free cloth.

Squeeze a small dab of toothpaste (only the paste variety, not gel) onto the scratched area. Moisten a sponge and use it to rub the toothpaste over the scratch. As you rub, the paste will polish the scratch out of the glass. Continue until the scratch is no longer visible.

Wipe off the toothpaste with a clean cloth or sponge, spray the glass with glass cleaner and then wipe it off with a lint-free cloth.

Jeweler’s Rouge Repair

Clean the scratched area of the glass by spraying it with glass cleaner and wiping it with a lint-free cloth.

Pour a little jeweler's rouge onto a lint-free cloth or a piece of lambswool. Rub the cloth over the scratched surface, polishing out the scratch. Continue rubbing until the scratch is no longer visible, applying a little more jeweler’s rouge if necessary.

Spray the table with glass cleaner and clean the table with a lint-free cloth.

Nail Polish Repair

Spray the scratched area of the glass with glass cleaner and wipe it off with a lint-free cloth.

Open the clear nail polish and wipe the excess off the brush against the inner side of the container. Brush the crack with the nail polish, keeping as much of the polish within the crack as possible.

Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and use the swab to remove any nail polish from around the crack. Let the nail polish dry overnight and then clean the glass with glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth.

Items you will need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Toothpaste (paste variety)
  • Sponge
  • Jeweler’s rouge
  • Clear nail polish
  • Cotton swab
  • Nail polish remover


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About the Author

Eric Jonas has been writing in small-business advertising and local community newsletters since 1998. Prior to his writing career, he became a licensed level II gas technician and continues to work in the field, also authoring educational newsletters for others in the business. Jonas is currently a graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in English and rhetoric from McMaster University.

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