How to Polish Glass

Glass is everywhere. On your car, in your home, around the world, glass is used for a variety of things. That means that you should probably learn how to polish glass in a safe and efficient way that won’t leave you regretting your decision. Polishing glass is a careful process, but the sparkle that you’ll leave will definitely make it worth every minute.

How to Polish Glass

How to Polish Your Windshield

One of the most obvious areas that may need to be polished is your windshield. As windshields can be expensive to replace, it’s essential that you are incredibly careful when you go to polish the windshield glass on your car.

What you will need:

  • Glass polish or restorer (whatever type you choose, make sure that it’s
  • Rotary polisher with polishing pad (1000 and 1200 RPM settings preferred)
  • Lubricating oil
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Glass sealant
  • Sponge
  1. First, make sure you know how to use your rotary polisher. These polishers have a variety of different settings, and you need the lowest settings in order to make sure that you don’t damage your vehicle. These polishers also need to have a pad on them so that they can take care of any of the scratchers on your windshield.
  2. Put the lubricating oil onto the polishing pad, and then the polish. The oil should be applied so that the polish can spread more easily across your windshield. This ends up reducing the amount of polish that you use overall. Glass polish is usually quite abrasive, so you want to minimize the abrasiveness as much as you can, which is why you use the lubricating oil.
  3. Then, start at the upper corner of the glass and work your way down your windshield. Do not apply pressure, or you can cause cracks in your windshield. The pad itself applies the necessary pressure to polish the glass. Make sure that you cover the entire glass, in a slow motion. Don’t jerk it around; make smooth motions that cover the entire glass. Continue until the whole windshield is moist, and stop using the machine when the polish starts to dry.
  4. Take a cloth and buff the residue away. You need to use even, gentle pressure and wipe in circles. Continue this action until all of the streaks and residue are gone.
  5. This process actually strips your windshield, so make sure that you have a glass sealant available to put onto your windshield. Take a sponge and wipe it across the glass (side to side, then up to down).

Continue to do this until you are satisfied. By doing this, you are ensuring that you don’t have to polish the windshield that often, and it retains the shine longer. 

Other Ways to Polish Glass

There are a variety of other ways for you to polish the glass around your home. Here are some tips and hints about polishing glass.

  • If you’re polishing a glass table, consider using a salt water solution and buffing at it. The grains of the salt will help to take away any impurities and leave you with a nice shine.
  • If you’re trying to get rid of scratches as well as polish, try some paste wax, and then buff it with a cloth. The wax will go into the scratches and reflect light, like the original glass did. Good as new!
  • If you are polishing the glass on your car, never use ammonia or isopropyl alcohol, or products that contain them. They can ruin the tint on your windows and the rubber around them.
  • Jeweler’s rogue is also recommended if you can’t get scratches out of your windows or other glass objects, unless they are extremely deep.