It’s happened to all of us. You’re outside enjoying whatever adventure you might be on in your favorite pair of sunglasses when you drop your shades and they land on the ground lens-first. You pick them up and are devastated to see a scratch on the lens right in your line of sight. 

The good news is that there are tips and tricks you can use to minimize the look of shallow scratches.* The following methods can help reduce the look of surface scratches, but we recommend you try them on a small scratch on a pair of shades that aren’t your most prized possession. While we can’t guarantee 100% success with these methods, it’s worth a shot, right?

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to use a lint-free cleaning cloth with each of these methods to avoid additional scratches.

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Method 1: Brass or Silver Polish

  1. Dab a tiny bit of brass or silver polish on the lenses with a cotton ball or cotton swab and gently rub it over the scratch.
  2. If there is any excess polish, remove it with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  3. Repeat the process until the scratch has minimized.

Method 2: Toothpaste

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 minimized.

Method 3: Baking Soda

  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

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

Method 5: Furniture Spray

Like car polish, the wax in furniture spray fills in the scratches. The only problem with this method is that the fix may only last a few days at a time.

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

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*We recommend trying each method on a small portion of the lens before applying to the whole lens. And if your shades are expensive or near and dear to your heart, we recommend taking them to a professional to attempt to fix them. Please contact your sunglasses manufacturer for guidance on how to fix any lens blemishes. Sunglass Warehouse is not responsible for any damage as a result of using these methods.