How to Sand Glass?

If you have a glass that has a lot of scratches and you want to remove these scratches without replacing the glass then you have to sand and polish the glass.

Sanding glass is not hard, but you will need a guide to follow so you can know what you are doing. Down below we have made a simple but effective three-step guide to help you sand glass easier.

 

Safety First – Protect Yourself

Always while working safety comes first, especially if you are working with objects or pieces that can hurt you, such as glass. There are a lot of different methods you can use to sand glass, depending on your sand machine and the object you are working with you will have to choose one or the other.

Whatever method you use [ we will write down below our method ] it doesn’t matter, all that matters while working with glass is your own safety.  That’s because, while sanding glass, a lot of dust glass or fragments will start to float in the air, they can get into your eyes and seriously damage them, damage your skin and they can also harm people who are near while you are sanding glass. That’s why it is important to use safety gears.

If you are a DIYer or a professional then you may already know this, but if not, then you need safety goggle to protect your eyes, gloves for your hands, and something to cover your mouth. You can find these on almost every shop, but there’s a big chance that you will also find these in your home since these are essential for almost everything.

Keep in mind that safety comes first, and using safety gear is not optional, you should always wear them while working with these kinds of material.

Choose the right tools

Before starting this process, you need the right tools in order to complete the task faster and better. Depending on the size of the project you will need one or another tool.  If you have to sand small objects such as your watch face or something else that is small then you can do it without any tool, you can just get a few sheets of sandpaper and sand it with your hand, it won’t take you a lot of time since it’s small.

But, if you are working with medium or big surfaces then you surely need a machine to do the work for you. What I recommend you using is an electric sander, you will complete the task faster and better, and you won’t spend a lot of energy on doing it.

There are a lot of different sander models and types. But what I recommend you using is an orbital sander or a belt sander.  They are the most used types of sanders and they do a great job so they are worth it. If you don’t have a sander then make sure to check our best sanders post.

If buying a sander is not an option for you and you need to a sand a lot of small surfaces then what I recommend you buying is this tool called Dremel. It is a very small multi-function tool that can be only used for small surfaces. Dremels are a good alternative of Sanders since they have a sanding and polishing attachment. And the best part is that they don’t cost a lot of money.

Whenever you choose to use a sander or a Dremel it’s up to you. But you need to have 3 of four different sandpapers and a polishing pad. You also need a polishing compound to polish the glass once you are done sanding it.

How to Sand Glass in 3 Simple Steps?

Follow and read these 3 tips slowly and carefully and we guarantee you that you will get excellent results.

Step 1 -Wet the glass

For this step, you need coarse sandpaper.  Start wetting the glass and then start sanding the area slowly and carefully for around one minute. Using water helps the machine to move easier and it also reduces the amount of dust. Depending on the shape of the glass you are working on then it may be easier to sand on circular or straight lines.

Once you are done with this step, wipe out the dust and water from the glass before continuing to the next step.

Step 2

For the second step, you need mid-range sandpaper. Continue the sanding and at the same time apply some more water into the glass surface. Once you are done sanding the surface with the mid-range sandpaper for a minute make sure to wipe out the dust and water from the glass before continuing with the finer sandpaper.

At the end of this stage, the glass will look milky, but at the same time it will be smooth and all the scratches will go away.

Step 3  – Get a Smooth Finish

The first two steps will help you remove scratches, but the last step will help you to get a smoother and cleaner look.  Switch the sanding pads with the polishing ones and use a glass polishing compound. Now what you have to do it to polish the glass in circular movement for a few minutes, the more you spend on it the better. But don’t spend a lot of time on it. 5-10 minutes is what I recommend.

Once you are done clear any residue and you will get a clean glass.

Final Words

Take your time. Don’t rush things. Make sure you have sanded all the area with one sandpaper before using the other one, and after you are done with one step always make sure to clean any dust or water before continuing to the next step.

If you don’t get a smooth surface then you can just re-do the whole process since it won’t take you more than 10 minutes. Once you do this a lot of times then you can get the best results with one take, but until that time comes just make sure to re-do each step until you are satisfied with the glass look.

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