Repair lightly scratched glass of any type
If youÃ¢ÂÂre a homeowner with even modest skills, the only things you need to restore lightly scratched windows, tabletops, mirrors, auto glass or even headlights like a pro is a bit of Cerium Oxide, a felt buffing wheel and an electric drill to attach it to.
If you have grime on your glass or stains on a shower door caused by hard water and they donÃ¢ÂÂt come off with household cleaners, Cerium Oxide will take care of the problem.
First of all, what is a Ã¢ÂÂlightÃ¢ÂÂ scratch? If you can distinctly feel a scratch in your glass with a fingernail, it may be too deep to polish out and the risk of trying to do so yourself is probably not worth it. However, if you have a hazy mass of shallow scratches or scuff marks, itÃ¢ÂÂs Cerium Oxide to the rescue.
Cerium Oxide Powder and a felt buffing wheel (3" in diameter) are readily available online. 8 OZ of Cerium is usually plenty for any around-the-house glass restorations. And get the lowest-priced powder you can find, since glass is soft and doesn't require super pure cerium oxide.
HereÃ¢ÂÂs how to remove those scratches and stubborn stains in your glass.
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Clean the area youÃ¢ÂÂre going to work on thoroughly
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Get two small plastic tubs, a pint to a quart in size and fill one halfway with water
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Place the buffing wheel into the water to let it get thoroughly damp, but not dripping wet
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Scoop a couple TBSP of Cerium Oxide into the other tub and add a splash of water
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Use a plastic spoon or knife to stir the mixture and keep adding small amounts of water until the slurry reaches the consistency of heavy cream. (ItÃ¢ÂÂs perfectly safe to check with your bare finger. And donÃ¢ÂÂt worry if there are small particles that donÃ¢ÂÂt completely dissolve.)
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Attach the dampened polishing wheel to your electric drill and dip it into the slurry
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Place the polishing wheel on the work area and rev up your drill
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Keep the pad moving constantly side to side and in a circular motion
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Keep buffing until the slurry is ALMOST dry (CAUTION: Be sure not to buff the glass when it is dry. This can cause the glass to overheat and crack.)
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ When the slurry has dried, wipe it off
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ If the glass has not been cleared up to your satisfaction, just repeat the buffing process with the slurry-dampened pad
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs all there is to it. And donÃ¢ÂÂt throw out any leftover slurry, since it can be stored until dries out and then re-activated just by adding water. Happy polishing!