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Question DetailsAsked on 4/11/2015

repair scratches on glass

repair on glass table

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While it is possible to buff out scratches in glass using lithium or selenium oxide or diamond surface hones, generally it is not economic for residential use.

Very light scratches you can buy a $15 or so kit that you use with an electric drill, but if the scratches are deep enough they hook your fingernail as you run it across the surface, generally you are limited to filling the scratches or replacing the glass.

Filling - there are glass repair kits for cracks and scratches you can buy at auto parts storesfor about $10, or take to a glass replkacement place to have done. Many times clear fingernail polish (after thorough cleaning with windex and thorough drying first) will fill the scratch well. Dab on and let thoroughly dry, then carefully, with a brand new single-edge razor blase, cut through the excess at a low angle to the table and a 45 degree angle to the scratch direction to plane the polish smooth to the table surface.

Glass replacement is easiest, and if deeply scratched probably the best because a deep scratch weakens the glass, making it more likely to break. Costs vary pretty widely and of course on whether you take the old piece in for them to cut a matching piece for you to take back to install, or if they are coming out to do the measurement and later come back for the install. Generally, in the order of $5-20/SF for the glass depending on thickness and if colored or textured, plus about $1-2/LF or there about to have the edges ground with a stone so there is not a sharp edge - more if you want it actually visibly beveled or rounded. Rounded glass costs some what more because of the risk ofbotching a few jobs now and then. Costwill be based on the standard size glass sheet they cut it from- so say a 3-1/2' wide piece will be taken out of a 4' sheet so the charge would be for a 4' x length of piece, not 3-1/2' x length, unless they happen to have a scrap the right size laying around.

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