How to Remove Scratches From Glass

Avoid glass replacement with this simple DIY solution

A scratch on a window or glass door doesn't mean you have to replace the glass. In most cases you can buff out the scratch with an inexpensive brass polish.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Polish glass scratches away

In high school I had this friend who used to polish out his watch crystal scratches with Brasso brass polish. Fast-forward 20 years. I installed a $1,800 patio door for a customer. The homeowner called me up the next day complaining about a 3-in. scratch right in the middle of the glass. (Whiner!) Faced with replacing an expensive door panel, I was scrambling for alternatives when I recalled my friend and his obsession with his flawless watch face. An hour later—voila!—one happy customer, one scratch-free patio door and one very happy, sore-armed contractor.

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Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Brasso brass polish
  • Soft cotton cloth