Glass scratch removal
How the damage occurs
Impact from hard or sharp objects, poor cleaning, mis-handling and vandalism are the most common causes of damage to installed glazing. Commonly, accidental glass scratches are less than 0.05mm in depth. Damage caused as a result of vandalism often results in deeper and longer scratches.
The glass scratch removal process
Effective glass scratch removal is achieved through the use of ultra-hard glass polishing compounds. These are applied by hand and a great deal of skill is required to blend in the treated area with the surrounding surface. Several stages are involved in the glass scratch removal process
Glass Polish Process
When the glass scratch or mark has finally been removed, a powered optical polishing machine is used to completely restore the polish of the treated glass surface.
Surfaces suitable for treatment
The Reface process can be used on any type of flat glass such as:
- fire retardant
- heat treated
- and other specialised glass.
The process can also be used on curved glass.
As the technique is based on re-surfacing the glass, the process cannot be applied to textured glass, or glass with a surface coating on the damaged side.
All treated areas will meet and considerably exceed the Glass and Glazing Federation’s standard for ‘Visual Quality’ in respect of surface faults. This requires that no fault should be visible when the glass is viewed at normal incidence, distance of 2 metres (3 metres for toughened and laminated glass), in transmitted normal daylight.
As a result of the REFACE process, there is no detectable loss of strength, or change in the fracture properties of the glass during the glass polish and scratch removal process.
To date, all manufacturers of renovated glass have maintained their existing warranties following our glass polish and glass scratch removal process.