How to Repair Chipped Lead Crystal

Sparkling crystal looks very nice on display in your china cabinet.

Crystal saver file

A chipped glass can be repaired with sandpaper or a crystal saver file.
However, when you use crystal glasses or vases, you can easily chip them, even when you exercise great care in handling. Smoothing a chip can be done easily in your home without the added expense of hiring an expert craftsman. You can smooth out minor chips with sandpaper or by using a special diamond-coated file. .

Clean the crystal with a soft cloth, removing any dust or dirt.

Moisten the crystal saver file and make a few light strokes over the chip, filing off the jagged edges. The file is coated with a coarse grit of diamonds, making it ideal for repairing any delicate material, such as crystal.

Buff the formerly jagged spots with a clean cloth.

Silicon carbide 600-grit wet/dry sandpaper

Moisten a small piece of the sandpaper.

Wrap the sandpaper around a pencil or dowel.

File the jagged edges gently. Once the chips are smooth, buff with a clean cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Crystal saver file
  • Silicon carbide 600-grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Damp cloth

About the Author

Tim Busbey has been a professional writer since 1996. He has experience in the newspaper industry and marketing/advertising. Busbey's work has appeared in "The Ashland Times-Gazette" and online. He currently serves as a writer for a Cleveland-based law firm. Busbey has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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