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Simple Hacks to Fix Scratched Sunglasses

Published: 2023-10-23T14:10:16+0000 Updated: 2023-10-23T14:10:17+0000 Author: Abby Helgeson

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Our go-to sunglasses are an essential accessory that not only protects our eyes from harmful UV rays but also adds style to our overall look. But over time, they can get scratched, which can be frustrating but a simple mistake. Before you freak out about trying to find the perfect pair of sunglasses to replace your tried-and-trues, try these easy hacks to repair or minimize scratches on your trusty sunglasses.

Everyday Items That Can Repair Scratches (or make them less noticeable!)

1. Baking Soda Paste

Baking soda is a versatile household item that can be used to not only clean laundry and stains but it can also buff out scratches on sunglasses. To create a paste, mix one part baking soda with two parts water in a small bowl. Take a soft, lint-free cloth and apply the paste to the scratched lenses using gentle circular motions. After a few minutes of rubbing, rinse the lenses with water and pat them dry with a clean cloth. Like magic, baking soda should help to reduce the visibility of scratches.

2. Toothpaste Polish

A bathroom staple, toothpaste can be used as an effective abrasive to polish out minor scratches on sunglasses. It is important to use non-gel toothpaste, as gel-based ones may not be as effective. To do so, apply a small amount of toothpaste to the scratched lenses and gently rub it in using a soft cloth. As with baking soda, use circular motions and be cautious not to apply too much pressure. Rinse the lenses with water and dry them with a clean cloth to reveal a potentially less noticeable scratch.

3. Car Wax

Believe it or not, car wax, commonly used to protect car paint, can also be used to mask scratches on sunglasses. Simply apply a small amount of wax to the scratched areas and use a clean, soft cloth to buff the lenses gently. The wax should help fill in the scratches and create a smoother surface. To make sure they're free of wax, clean the lenses with a mild soap solution and water, followed by a dry cloth.

4. Metal Polish

If your sunglasses have metal frames, metal polish can be a fantastic option to repair scratches. Just dab a small amount of metal polish onto a cotton ball or soft cloth and gently rub it onto the scratched areas. Keep rubbing until you notice the scratches becoming less prominent. Remember to clean off any residue from the metal polish with a separate clean cloth.

5. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly, also known as Vaseline, can be used to reduce the visibility of minor scratches on sunglasses. Apply a small amount of vaseline to the scratched lenses and use a soft cloth to spread it evenly. Continue to rub in circular motions for a few minutes before wiping off any excess jelly with a clean cloth. The scratches should appear less noticeable, and your sunglasses will have a renewed shine that makes them look brand new.

Preventing Scratches from Happening

To help care for sunglasses and keep them looking new, there are some proactive measures you can take. Here are some useful tips to protect your shades from unsightly scratches and to keep your sunglasses looking brand new.

Use a Protective Case

When you're not wearing them, always store your sunglasses in a sturdy, protective case that will keep them from anything that might cause an unsightly scratch. This will shield them from accidental bumps and scratches while they're stashed in your bag or lying around at home. Even an eyeglass pouch is better than nothing.

Clean with Microfiber Cloth

When cleaning your sunglasses, it is super important to use a microfiber cloth or a lens cleaning cloth specifically designed for eyewear. Screen cleaners can help keep them looking shiny. Never use paper towels, tissues, or your shirt sleeve, as they can contain rough fibers that may scratch the lenses.

Avoid Placing Face Down

While it may be tempting, never place your sunglasses with the lenses facing down on any surface. This can lead to direct contact between the lenses and abrasive materials, resulting in scratches.

Rinse Before Wiping

Before wiping any debris or dirt off your lenses, rinse them under lukewarm (never hot) water first. This helps to remove larger particles that could scratch the lenses when wiped with a cloth.

Use Lens Protection Film

Consider applying a lens protection film to your sunglasses and invest in a lens protection film. These transparent films add an extra layer of protection against scratches and are easily replaceable if they get damaged.

Keep Them Separate

While you're on the go, and it may be tempting to, never toss your sunglasses into your bag with keys, coins, or other sharp objects. Keeping them separate in a dedicated compartment will prevent accidental scratching.

By following these simple hacks and preventive measures, you can repair minor scratches or keep your sunglasses scratch-free for a long time. Remember to be gentle when trying any at-home remedies, and if your sunglasses have deep or extensive scratches, it's best to take them to a professional optician for repair or replacement of the lenses.


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