How is scratched or damaged glass repaired?

Your glass is scratched or otherwise marred, and you want your glass to be clear again.

Great! We can do this for you.

Here is the process you can expect from start to finish for fix scratched or damaged glass. The process for repairing scratched glass is basically the same for removing graffiti be it paint or acid, or removing mineral deposits from shower doors, etc.

Determining the extent of the damage to the glass

The first step in the whole glass repair process is determining the extent of the damage. All scratches and/or damage to glass are not the same.

Damage to glass can be localized, as in specific areas that need repair. Damage to glass could also be spread out over the entirety of a piece of glass.

Localized Damage Example: Vandalism to a specific area, or perhaps a cleaning crew caused a scratch.

Full Glass Damage Example: A large glass tabletop that has been scratched all over, or mineral deposits covering most of a glass shower door.

The required steps to repair glass vary, depending on the level of damage. The steps to repair graffiti, for instance, is also different depending on the type of damage. Is the graffiti from acid or paint?

Glass can also be damaged in other ways, such as concrete splashed on the glass, or welding sparks that have marred the surface, or a windshield that has seen damaging dust/sand that has created the tiny little pinholes across the surface of the glass.

Establishing the scope of work

The required steps to resolve your damaged glass will vary. You have the desired objective for your glass, and the steps necessary to achieve that objective depends on the damage. If the damage is significant in a particular area, or minor damage all over the glass – or some combination of the two, this impacts the scope of work. And ultimately, this impacts that cost to you to resolve.

A careful analysis will be made of the damage to your glass, and together we will determine exactly what will be repaired.

Glass Repair Process

Repairing the glass surface is approached with the attitude of minimalism. The objective is crystal clear glass, and sometimes this is achieved by simply polishing to remove surface contaminants. Polishing a little more aggressively will clear up the surface of the glass, and can be all that is needed.

To remove scratches or damage to the glass, the damage is sanded away. The deeper the scratches, requires more aggressive initial sanding. Additionally, the deeper the scratches, the larger the area around the scratch that must be sanded to avoid any optical distortion.

Once the scratches and/or damage is removed, the pre-polish sanding with a higher grit is completed to ensure that the glass is ready for polish.

The glass is polished with Cerium Oxide, and when completed provides a crystal clear surface – in some cases the polished surface is smoother than it was from the factory.

Workflow Considerations

The sanding process can create a lot of dust. The polishing process creates a slurry and a little dust. The polishing process slings this slurry off the polishing pad onto everything around. If outside, clean up isn’t difficult, simply sweeping and hosing off the work area can resolve. If indoors, plastic sheeting can be used to create an enclosed work area to minimize spread from the sanding dust and from the slurry with the polishing process.

Repair Completion

One the glass has been restored, no further effort is needed on your part. You are done, and can simply enjoy your restored glass.