Removing Etching from Glass Shower Doors

By Lynette Long 1

I have shower doors with etching on them. I want to take the etching off. It is worn and looks dirty. How can I remove the etching?

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By Lynette from Philadelphia, PA

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By OliveOyl 602 Flag

April 8, 2010

I don't believe the etching can be removed. It is part of the glass. Acid etches the glass (removes the shiny surface and makes it rough) and it's permanent.

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By Lori 18 Flag

April 10, 2010

Glass can be etched either by chemical means or sandblasting. This roughens the polished surface of the glass. There are 2 options for getting rid of it: 1) have the surface of the glass, on the etched side, repolished (which would be completely cost prohibitive) or 2) replace the doors.

I'm not quite sure what you mean when you say the "etching looks worn..." There would have had to have been something pretty abrasive used to wear at the etching - something more powerful than soap or just rubbing against it. (Or maybe it is just a decal that needs to be removed?). Perhaps it just needs a pretty powerful cleanser to bring it back to looking new. Check with a local window cleaning company to see what they would suggest you use.

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