Scratches in eyeglass lenses can make them difficult to see through. Fortunately, scratches can be fixed to make your glasses look just like new. Keep your glasses clear and free of blemishes by these 4 easy tips.
Take note of the type of lens in your glasses. If your lenses are glass, you must be realistic; your efforts to remove scratches may be unsuccessful. If your lenses are plastic, you are far more likely to to remove the scratches successfully.
Tip number 1 – Toothpaste
This is a great hack because everyone has toothpaste, so you can eliminate the problem of scratches conveniently whenever you need. Simply apply a small amount of non-abrasive toothpaste to some cotton wool and slowly buff away the scratch. Toothpaste is a quick and easy hack for minor scratches so if you have a deeper scratch, you may need to repeat this process quite a few times.
Abrasiveness is measured by RDA (Radioactive Dentin Abrasiveness) and anything below 70-80 is considered to be low. The best way to find a low abrasive toothpaste is to avoid any advanced products such as whitening or plaque removal. Some suitable toothpaste products to try include Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive (48 RDA), Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel (45 RDA), Rembrandt Mint (63 RDA), Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint (70 RDA), Colgate Sensitive Max Strength(83 RDA), Colgate Total (70 RDA), Colgate Regular (68 RDA), and Sensodyne (79 RDA).
Tip number 2 – Baking Soda
If you’re not sure whether your toothpaste is non-abrasive, it’s best to avoid using it altogether – you don’t want to damage your glasses! The good news is that baking soda does the same trick and it’s another handy household item that you’ll easily find around the house.
If you’re not a keen baker, you don’t even have to head out to the supermarket as it can be picked up from most corner shops. And with an abrasion rating of just 7 RDA, it’s a very safe product to test on your lenses. To use baking soda on your specs, simply add water to create a paste and use a scratch-free cloth to rub into your lenses. Wash off and repeat if necessary.
Tip number 3 – Glass Etching Substance
Purchase the necessary materials. Normally, glass etching involves the use a fairly powerful acid to cut or burn an image into glass. In this particular context, it will be used to burn off the exterior layer of the glasses. You will need:
- A glass etching substance. A brand known as Armor Etch produces one popular variety of the material, but there are others as well.
- High-quality rubber gloves to protect your hands.
- Cotton swabs or some other material to use for applying the substance to the glasses.
Apply the glass etching substance using the cotton swabs. Do not rub the substance in, but merely apply it to the surface. Because of the strength of the acid in glass etching substances, you must work quickly. Only apply enough of the substance to cover the lens.
- Let the substance remain on the lenses for no more than 5 minutes. Again, etching solution contains powerful acids. Over-exposure to these acids will likely damage the lenses.
- Wash off the etching substance. Use water to wash off the etching substance, unless the instructions call for alternatives. Wash thoroughly to guarantee that no residue from the substance remains.
- Clean the glasses using a microfiber cloth. Use this to wipe and dry the lens, again using only side-to-side motions.
Tip number 4 – Scratch filling product
Apply a scratch filling product if scratches remain. If you still have visible scratches on the surface of your plastic lenses you can apply a product that will fill the scratches temporarily with wax. Simply rub on the product onto the lenses using a clean micro-fiber cloth, rub it around in a circular motion, and then wipe it off with a clean area of the cloth. This will allow you to see clearly through your glasses but will need to be reapplied weekly.
The two types of products that work best for this are products made to wax your car, such as Turtle Wax, and furniture polishes that contains wax, such as Lemon Pledge.
Put your glasses back on! You should be able to see much better through your newly repaired lenses.