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Jewellers rouge on glass can anyone help please?

(JollySmall) #1

Just wondering if anyone can help please??
We’ve just had some lovely light oak internal doors fitted which hubby has been sanding down and varnishing for the last week and a half!! The doors have glass panels and this morning he’s had an accident when trying to get some of the light oak varnish off the glass. He’s caught the edge of one panel with some fine sandpaper which has lightly scratched it. The scratches aren’t deep enough to feel. He’s mortified!
He looked on the Internet and it said to use metal polish but that seems to have just taken the shine off and left the glass with a cloudy effect.
When I’ve looked on the Internet it suggests that jewellers rouge might help but before making matters even worse I thought I’d ask advice from those of you who work with glass and jewellery to see if you think that might be worth trying. I know you can get this from cooksonsgold which I’m happy to try - I’ve also seen it on the auction site but not sure I would trust this to be the real stuff. Any advice would be really welcome to try and relieve hubby’s angst!!
Thanks Di :smirk:

(Sasha Garrett) #2

I have the traditional jewellers rouge, my trusty dremel and an old scratched glass give me a minute…
The scratches do seem a bit better but its proved a rather messy job and I’m struggling to get the excess rouge off (soap and water) so I’m not sure I would attempt it incase you get the rouge onto the wood of the doors. Cooksons do a range of rouges by Luxi which are supposed to be easier to clean off but I haven’t tried those.
Have you tried cleaning the glass with some proper window/ mirror cleaner to check that the metal polish hasn’t left a residue? After that I think you need one of the glass artists to tell us how they get rid of scratches.
Good luck

(JollySmall) #3

Thanks Sasha that’s really kind of you to try it out!!
I’ve tried all sorts to try and get it off including some spray on white vinegar that I have to use on the the shower door to get rid of our very hard water lime scale but it hasn’t made much difference! As you say I will see what the glass makers say and possibly investigate the other things at Cooksongold. I’m sure many visitors wouldn’t particularly notice it but when you know it’s there it’s really annoying!
Thanks again

(Helen Smith) #4

Cerium oxide (mixed into a paste with water) is what I use for the final stage of polishing glass - you could use a dremel with a felt pad to apply it but it would go everywhere. Not sure how well it would work manually, probably need a huge amount of elbow grease…

(Helen Smith) #5

Some info here, says it can be used for shallow scratches.

Not cheap though (nothing involved with glass ever is!)

(JollySmall) #6

Thanks Helen this is really helpful

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