Your Sunglass Care Questions Answered

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As an eyewear provider, I am consistently asked certain popular questions. At least twice a day, I hear, “What are polarized lenses?”, “Can you fix scratched sunglasses?”, and “Where can I fix my sunglasses when they’re scratched or cracked?”. Today, I’m going to explain how to fix scratches on sunglasses. There are actually several methods that can be used, as long as you have plastic lenses. Before you choose one, make sure you ascertain whether your lenses have an anti-glare coating. Certain options might not be good ones if that is the case.

How to Fix Scratches on Sunglasses

  1. Wood Cleaner and Petroleum Jelly

    Start by spraying wood cleaner on your lenses and wiping it off. Then, spray liquid petroleum jelly and wipe that off as well. Repeat the process until the petroleum has filled the scratches.

  2. Brass or Silver Polish

    Rub brass or silver polish around and wipe away excess with a soft, clean rag. Repeat until the scratches disappear.

  3. CD/DVD Repair Spray

    These solutions work just as well on sunglasses as they do on disks. Just spray onto your lenses and wipe away with a soft rag.

  4. Non-Abrasive Toothpaste

    For this method, use the plainest toothpaste you can find. It should not only be non-abrasive, but non-gel, non-whitening, and non-flavored. Rub it on the scratch in a circular motion with a cotton ball and rinse it away with cool water. For deep scratches, repeat a few times.

  5. Baking Soda and Water

    Create a thick paste by adding small amounts of water. Rub it on in a circular motion with a cotton ball and rinse it away when the scratch is gone.

  6. Vehicle Wax

    Wax your sunglasses just like you would wax a car. Rub it around in a circular motion for several minutes, or until the scratches disappear. Wipe away the excess with a soft cloth or cotton ball.

  7. Water Repelling Windshield Wash

    Use a solution like Rainex to buff out small scratches or blemishes. This will also repel water and prevent your lenses from fogging up. It’s like an Impervius charm for your shades!

  8. Glass-Etching Abrasive

    These solutions are designed for glass art projects and can be purchased at craft stores. Apply with a rubber glove and wipe away with a soft cloth. Do not use this method if your glasses are non-reflective.

That answers the “how to fix scratches on sunglasses” question. If your lenses really are beyond repair, consider purchasing replacement sunglass lenses instead of trying to buff out an enormous gouge. Once you’ve done that, it might be worth investing in a clear, protective coating that can protect them from future scratches.
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