How to Fix Scratches on Tempered Glass

Life is not perfect. Sometimes things break, get scratched or even totally smash.

Hopefully you are reading this when you are looking to get something fixed. And not something that has been completely smashed but I’d rather just a little scratch on some tempered glass.

Inspecting the Damage Caused

Most of the time, if you’re dealing with slightly scratched tempered glass you can actually restore it without burning a hole in your wallet. The first thing you want to do is clean the glass. Take a soft rag and wipe off any dud.

New line then run your fingernail across the scratch. now if any glass catches your fingernail then the scratch might be too deep to use a DIY method but if that is not the case then the options we are going to explore in this article can be used.

How to Remove Scratches from Tempered Glass

There are a few different ways to remove scratches from tempered glass. Below are the most common ones that can be used with minimal effort that don’t break the bank.


Toothpaste can be used to remove small scratches from tempered glass. You want to use whitening toothpaste. The reason for this is it’s slightly more abrasive than regular toothpaste.

Apply a dab of toothpaste to a soft but clean cloth and then rub the toothpaste in a circular motion around the scratch. Keep doing this and then rinse the glass with some clean water. Have a look at what you’ve done and if the scratch remains then repeat the process a few more times. If you still have the scratch after 3 rounds then it’s time to move on to the next step.

Soap or Steel Wool

Pumice soap is your next step. Put the toothpaste away and go for the pumice soap. We’re getting more heavy duty here because there are more abrasive elements in pumice soap that can help remove scratches from tempered glass.

You can also try #000 steel wool instead of a cloth with the pumice. This is a type of a very fine grain steel wool that will help remove scratches yet not scratch the glass itself. Make sure you use high grade steel wool, so something that is brand new and doesn’t have any rust or imperfections.

Use a circular motion for a few minutes on the scratch. Then use a little bit of water to remove any residue. if your scratch is still not gone it’s time to move to the next step. Or you can try these other DIY methods to remove a scratch.

Commercial buffering or Sanders

Now we’re getting into the point where it could cost you some money. If you’re not willing to spend the money here it might be best just to hire a professional to fix your window.

Commercial buffering is pretty much professional scratching to remove scratches. It’s quite simple to implement. If you have access to a commercial buffering tool or a sander then you simply need to switch it on and go to work. Don’t forget to keep the area moist by squeezing a little bit of water through a sponge on to the area you are sanding.

After several minutes of sanding you should have removed the scratch. If you have then you’re done. If you have not then repeat the ┬ásteps a few times until you remove your scratch.

If you’re still not removed the scratch then it might be time to actually call a professional. Any company that provides glass or glazing repairs will be able to help.