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Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses

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This is a guide about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses. When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it.
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By 4 found this helpful
August 13, 2009

The anti-reflective coating on my prescription glasses is so scratched I can hardly see out of them. Occulist won't remove it and wants to charge me for new lenses! Any suggestions as to how I can remove the coating myself?

By Janine from UK

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August 18, 20091 found this helpful
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I have had nothing but problems with the anti-reflective coatings in terms of how long they last, even when using the correct cleaning methods - so I no longer get them.

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October 31, 20094 found this helpful
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Go to an Automotive Parts store and purchase Plastic Polish/Cleaner/Scratch Remover (several good manufacturers such as Maguiers, 3M,Mother's, Novus). Use a non-abrasive cloth and begin the hand-polishing process. It should remove the coating and minor scratches. Don't be aggressive; use a little TLC :)

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January 17, 20117 found this helpful
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Go to Hobby Lobby or any craft store and buy Armor Etch it's a glass etching and rub on and wash off with water. I could hardly see out of my glasses and I tried this product today and it took the coating off and they are like new glasses

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December 5, 20151 found this helpful
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I buy inexpensive glasses online and I'm proud of it. The eyeglass industry is a racket with the way they make you get a new prescription every year whether you need it or not. "You may be going blind". No, I'm not! I'd know if I was.

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You just want my money. People without glasses don't have to put out $100 a year, why should I? I'll know if I need a new prescription, thank you. Online glasses solves this "tax" imposed by the eyeglass industry lobby, and I'll never go back unless I need to.

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December 16, 20152 found this helpful
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Save yourself the time and money. I used a cheap brand of plain rubbing alcohol, soaked for about 5 minutes. Gently scrape coating off and polish with a soft cloth. Repeated by dipping cloth in RA and worked any residue off. Done in 15 minutes and they are like new

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January 12, 20160 found this helpful
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I managed to remove all coating. The recipe:
- square glass bowl (e.g. for lasagna)
- cleaning vinegar

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- sink unblocker (sodium hydroxide)
* remove if possible all plastic parts
* put the glasses in the glass bowl with vinegar, for a day
Now the coating has become brittle
* outside, put the glasses in the glass bowl with water, add the sodium hydroxide, do not inhale the poisonous vapors! Leave for a day, then clean and scratch off the coating with cottonpads

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Anonymous
October 17, 20161 found this helpful
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I just finished trying the tooth paste. Rubbed it on for about a minute, rinsed, they are just like new.

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January 1, 20171 found this helpful
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I used a wet dryer sheet and it worked for me

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January 14, 20171 found this helpful
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I had the same problem of broken down anti-reflective coating on my plastic lensed glasses. I has tried to remove it with my fingernails and caused scratching that made the view even more unclear.

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Tried a few things, but the solution was rubbing a small amount of Meguiares "Ultimate Compound" used for cutting faded car duco. Used a microfibre cloth & 5 minutes later coating and scratches removed!

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January 25, 20170 found this helpful
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You can only do this if the glasses are NOT glass, and are plastic. Glass WILL etch and you won't be able to see through them. I used to do glass etching so I know what the glass etching does to real glass.

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March 4, 20170 found this helpful
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Beware that these instructions may not work for recent models (2015+) as the surface below the coating may be uneven, and removing the coating gives an almost unusable result. (The application of the coating evens up the surface.)

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March 4, 20171 found this helpful
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Beware that these instructions may not work for recent models (2015+) as the surface below the coating may be uneven, and removing the coating gives an almost unusable result. (The application of the coating evens up the surface.)

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Example of surface below:

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful
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I used magic eraser and it worked! I tried everything and nothing seemed to help. Just on a last ditch effort I tried the magic eraser and was amazed.

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March 17, 20171 found this helpful
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I just got through with using Armour etch and it worked great, my glasses were so cloudy and foggy I couldn't use them, I was using and old pair I had, I tried the toothpaste, window cleaner, hand soap and Armour cleaned them up. I put a dab on my finger and gently rubbed front and back and got results first time, I had to do a second rub and it got the left over.

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April 11, 20170 found this helpful
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I tried to remove the anti-glare coating with rubbing alcohol -- it made more scratches.

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I tried to use toothpaste and an electric toothbrush -- It did nothing.

Then I remembered that my sweat had made the coating cloudy. So I made a salt solution (dissolve a teaspoon of table salt, NaCl, in a cup of water) and used the electric toothbrush. It removed the coating, but several applications were necessary to get it all. It might be a good idea to remove the lenses from the frames, if possible, (I didn't) as the salt solution may be corrosive to the frames. At a minimum thoroughly rinse the glasses.

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May 1, 20170 found this helpful
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I did it this way and my plastic glasses are like new:
1 - I bought a small bottle of T-Cut from an automotive store.
2 - I popped the lenses out of the frame and placed them on a saucer with a liberal amount of T-Cut on the saucer and then smeared T-Cut on both sides of the lenses
3 - I used my fingernails to scratch the lens surfaces (front and back) and as I did so the coating was removed bit-by-bit
4 - After 15 minutes of scraping on a lens, I used dishwashing liquid to clean the lens and check my progress; if I noticed that the coating remained in a given area, I made note of where it was by looking into the light and then concentrated on that area using the same technique mentioned above until all the lens coating was gone
5 - My lenses are now like new.
6 - I suspect that this technique will work with other moderately abrasive pastes like toothpaste but have not tried with any others.
NOTE: I will never buy coated lenses again!

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January 27, 20140 found this helpful

I purchased a prescription pair of eye glasses about 8 months back. It is a branded glass with an anti reflective coating. Now the left side lens is not clear, as the coating has developed some scratches. I want remove the total coating on both the lenses so that I can see clearly. How to do it?

By R. Srinivasan

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November 2, 20160 found this helpful
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Lenses coatings don't hold up for me either. If I get 2 years out of a pair of lenses I call that a success, as dirty and as scratched mine get working and be active.

It takes about 30 miniutes to remove the coating with a few cents worth of toothpaste. I've taken off the glare coating on one pair andthe scratch resistant coating on another pair using it.

I'm just glad I wasn't born in a poor and undeveloped area of the world where people don't have acces to eye care, because I can see very little without my glasses.

Maybe you should get contacts if your sigmatizm isn't off the map?

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By 0 found this helpful
August 24, 2017

I have tried Armour Etch, 91% alcohol, car polish, furniture polish, Magic Eraser, metal polish, acetone, oven cleaner, Goo Gone, picking at the film (kind of smears it), and gasoline, and it still won't come off. I did an older pair of glasses and it came off with one coat of Etch. This won't budge. It is just sitting on the lens, not really embedded in it. I got a little to come off, but I have been working on it for 2 days. When I get a little to move, it smears it.

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful
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You can try using Novus or Plastix on your plastic lens. This is normally made for removing scratches on head lights but has worked great for removing the anti-reflective coating on lens.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 9, 2017

How do I remove the scratched coating from my eyeglasses?

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful
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Are you trying to remove the special coating you had put on when you got your glasses? If so, use isopropyl alcohol. If you're trying to remove a scratch from regular glasses, rub a bit of toothpaste on the scratch then rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

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