View Full Version : Scarred windows, fixit?

Ron Whitfield
April 27th, 2009, 11:31 AM
Is there a way to get ocean salt scarred windows back in decent shape?

April 27th, 2009, 04:10 PM
If by scarred you mean the glass is damaged below the original surface... I'm not sure if it's even practical to fix. Or do you mean simply very, very bad crystalized salt or mineral deposits on top of the glass?

Ron Whitfield
April 27th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Maybe both?
The windows are clean, but the crazed effect ruins the look, the kind that you can't wash off, unless with a harsh cleaner...
Yes, replacing them is probably the only answer, but costly.
Hoping there was an easy miracle answer...

April 27th, 2009, 06:06 PM
Try a slurry of cerium oxide and water ('bout like butter milk thick) on soft pad with an electric buffer. it works to polish stones for lapidary work and glass domes for jewelery...might work on the window glass.

Though I don't know where you could get the cerium oxide...maybe try a jewelry or craft store.

Ron Whitfield
April 27th, 2009, 10:42 PM
...thank you, I'll be checking it out!

April 28th, 2009, 03:08 AM
Just looking around to see where you might be able to find some and came across this:


They discuss polishing compounds but for razor strops.

Anyways if you can't find the cerium oxide, a stick or two of red jewelers rouge run on a buffer then applied to the window would work. I know they sell the red rouge in the polishing section of ACE hardware here, I'm sure they have it in something like Lowes or Home Depot. Just remember to check the grit fineness, you want 2000 or higher.

April 28th, 2009, 03:19 AM

Found a step by step glass polishing recipe:


1. Apply a small amount of the Jewelers Rouge (cerium oxide) to the polishing pad. Lamb’s wool is the best and most effective choice for your polishing pad.

2. Wearing your dust mask and goggles, use the electric buffer at medium speed to buff the scratch with the polishing pad. Be careful not to exert too much pressure on the glass while buffing, since the scratch may have weakened the glass and you don’t want to risk cracking it. If the scratch is very small, or in an awkward spot, you can try to do the buffing by hand using the polishing pad, but it will take quite a bit of elbow grease, and may not be as effective.

3. In the spray bottle, mix ½ ounce of ammonia with 2 cups of warm water. Make sure to wear your goggles, mask and rubber gloves when handling ammonia. Even household ammonia is considered a dangerous chemical, it should be handled with care and should NEVER be mixed with other household cleaners or chemicals, especially bleach. For more information regarding ammonia handling and safety, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Household Product Database and follow the links on that page for the information desired.

4. Spray the area that you’ve just buffed with the ammonia/water solution, and wipe with lint free cloth or paper towel.

5. If the scratch is still prominent, repeat Steps 1 through 4. If, by the third attempt, the scratch is still prominent, chances are, it cannot be repaired except perhaps by a professional.


Found it on Amazon if you can't find it local:


Ron Whitfield
April 28th, 2009, 08:45 AM
...you Sir (I hope...), are being helpful!

April 28th, 2009, 09:02 AM
...you Sir (I hope...), are being helpful!

No problems! And I'm female :D

On a totally girly side note, powdered cerium oxide mixed into melted bees wax with a few drops of glycerin so it makes a kind of sticky powder...then applied to chamois that's been glued to a rounded back (like a dowel or stick) makes an excellent finger nail buffer.

And be careful to read what's in the jewelers rouge bars if you go that way, you want the cerium oxide mix or the ferric oxide rouge, the other ones are too coarse to use on glass and will really fog it up permanently.

Ron Whitfield
April 28th, 2009, 04:01 PM
I deffinitely don't want to mess up the job, these are scenic view windows.

April 28th, 2009, 05:08 PM
Get a crap piece of glass to practice on first then. If you find it too much of a hassle you can weigh that effort against new windows or hiring some pros to come out and do it for you.

Then again you might find you have a feel for it (and you do feel it when you get it, the drag becomes less and less noticeable) and can whip around your windows in no time.

Doing it yourself goes with all the standard warnings...

wear safety glasses/gear

don't press in, let the compound do the work

don't stay in one spot too long so heat builds up

all that kinda stuff...


Ron Whitfield
April 28th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Can't wait for the weekend, thanx!

Well..., yes I can! :D

April 28th, 2009, 05:27 PM
When you do get around to doing it post your results and if it worked, what method/mix/compound you found worked best. Might help someone else with the same problem to know what you eventually did.