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How to Remove Graffiti Etched on Glass

Christina Sloane

According to Seattle Public Utilities, graffiti etchings on glass are becoming an increasingly popular form of vandalism. Graffiti on glass windows and doors is unsightly and offensive, and reflects poorly on the victim’s home or business. Though deep scratches are best left to the professionals, you can buff away soft scratches with a special polishing compound.

Graffiti on your window invites future vandalism.

Step 1

Apply a small amount of jeweler’s rouge to your lamb’s wool cloth. Jeweler’s rouge is a polishing compound used to buff jewelry to a shiny finish without scratching or cutting it.

Step 2

Gently rub the graffiti with your cloth using a circular motion. Check your progress often, and rinse the glass when the graffiti has been removed to your satisfaction.

Step 3

Rinse your glass with a soft sponge soaked in a solution of 2 oz. of ammonia and 2 oz. of water.

Step 4

Call a professional glass company if you can’t remove the graffiti with this method. Hang a poster or other object over the offending graffiti to conceal it while you wait for a professional to fix it.