- Mix together a solution of vinegar and water, and clean the surface of the glass with a soft bristle brush. This will remove the dirt and allow you to better identify the etching damage. If you cannot remove all the dirt with the bristle brush, you can add fine pumice to your window cleaning solution.
- Coat the window with the window cleaning solution again. Take a very fine 0000 grade steel wool pad and gently go over the surface of the glass. Do not apply pressure.
- Dry the window completely with the squeegee.
- Attach a felt polishing pad to your drill or dremel. Put some abrasive polishing compound, like the kind used in jewelry making, on the pad.
- Turn on the drill to a slow setting and move the polishing pad over the etched or scratched sections of the glass in a slow, gentle motion until they disappear. Add more polishing compound as necessary.
- Clean the surface of the glass again with your vinegar and water mixture.
Things You Will Need
- Old etched window
- Soft bristle brush
- 0000 steel wool pad
- Hard felt polishing pad
- Drill or dremel
- Abrasive jewelry polishing compound
- For deeper etching problems, use fine wet-and-dry emery paper, wetted, to sand down the scratches. You can also use whetstones.