How to Remove Scratches from Lenses

how to fix scratched lenses

It’s happened to all of us. We know at one point in time, you got a scratch on your favorite pair of shades. We also know you were devastated.

The good news is that there are tips and tricks you can use to minimize the look of the scratch, fill it in, or polish it over, so that you’ll be back to sporting those cool frames in no time. Here are some handy methods to try to get your sunglasses back to tip-top shape.

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Don’t have time to perform surgery on your favorite shades? No worries. We’ve made things easy for you:

Method 1: Brass or Silver Polish

metal polish for removing scratches
  1. Dab a bit of brass or silver polish on the lenses with a cotton ball and gently rub it around.
  2. If there is any excess polish, remove it with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  3. Repeat the process until the scratch has disappeared.

Method 2: Toothpaste

toothpaste for removing scratches Important: You’ll want to make sure your toothpaste is non-abrasive, non-minty, non-gel, and non-whitening. Your teeth appreciate all those good things, but your lenses sure won’t! Best to stick with a regular paste instead.

  1. With a cotton ball, rub the paste into the scratch in a circular motion. Give your lenses a nice massage for about 10 seconds.
  2. Rinse the toothpaste off with cool water.
  3. If there is any excess, get out a lint-free cloth and wipe it off.
  4. Repeat if necessary, until the scratch is no more.

Method 3: Baking Soda

baking soda for removing scratches
  1. Mix one (1) part water and two (2) parts baking soda in a small bowl until you have a thick paste.
  2. Rub the baking soda paste into the scratch for 10 seconds, using a cotton ball and a circular motion.
  3. Rinse the paste off with cool water.
  4. You’ll probably have some excess, so wipe it off with a lint-free cloth.
  5. Repeat if necessary.

Method 4: Vehicle Wax

car wax for removing scratches
  1. Apply the way you’d apply wax to your ride: with a soft cloth and circular motions.
  2. Wipe away any excess with another cloth. You may need to use multiple cloths, as wax adheres to fabric easily.
  3. Repeat as necessary.

Method 5: Lemon Pledge

pledge for removing scratches Like car polish, the wax in furniture polish fills in the scratches. Plus, it smells so lemony. The only problem with this method is that the fix may only last for a few days at a time.

  1. Spray your lenses lightly with Lemon Pledge. Don’t go crazy, now.
  2. Break out that lint-free cloth and rub the Pledge around in a circular motion until the scratch and Pledge disappear.
  3. Repeat as necessary, possibly every few days.

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