An unsightly scratch can ruin a perfect piece of glass. Hard water staining, scuff and scratch marks lead many to think that their glass will need replacement. But no need to panic, the chances are your scratched glass can be repaired to an as new condition. Far cheaper and quicker than replacing your glass is to have any scratch marks professionally removed.
At SWC Sydney Window Cleaning we offer a comprehensive window cleaning and glass restoration service. Our techniques can remove hard water staining and scratches without compromising the look or integrity of your glass.
Replacing glass can be very expensive. A glass installer must substitute each piece of old glass for new. The installer may also have to replace surrounding structures such as woodwork, plaster, brickwork, tiling or flooring. Of course, if the window can be repaired without removal then will dramatically reduce costs. The advantage of glass scratch repair is that it can be done on site without removing the pane.
A technician can nearly always remove shallow, light scratches. However deeper scratches may need a lot more work to get them out. If the glass is very thin or aged then it may be better to replace the pane.
Glass thickness is a major factor. Thicker glass can withstand more of the repair process. Our technicians will be able to remove even deep scratches if the glass is thick enough. If there is any doubt, they may use a digital optical micrometer to measure the deepest scratches. The technician will then consider the ratio of scratch depth to glass thickness and determine if the glass scratch can be repaired.
Newer glass such as Viridian ComfortPlus e-glass is more difficult to repair. Viridian VLam and other laminated types present similar challenges. The technician will not be able to apply the machine to the laminated glass surface. On the non-laminated glass side, there will be no problem in removing the scratch. Clear float is the easiest to repair.
Dirty water that contains various impurities or is rich in calcium or other minerals can leave staining. There is nothing more unsightly than having your glass covered in thick hard water staining. We can remove any hard water stains using our special compound and a multi-stage buffing process. Using a variety of pads and our machine, we can buff out any stains in your new or old glass.
Glass type can affect maintenance. For example, whether the glass is hydrophobic or hydrophilic can determine the cleaning method. That is whether the water sticks to the surface or not. Different coatings determine the methods used for cleaning and also scratch repair.
In some areas, windows are covered by thick foliage. The wind may blow dust, dirt, sap, resin and other particles from trees onto your windows. Fortunately, we are able to remove thick solidified material from your glass safely. Our window cleaners use a white scratch-proof scrubbing pad, sometimes in conjunction with a bristled applicator pad. Combined with a bit of elbow grease, these pads ensure that the toughest markings will come off without damaging your glass.
If after being scrubbed down there remains some staining then we can perform stain removal to bring up the glass back to a near new clear condition. Any scratches can be removed using our scratch repair processes.
As a specialist glass cleaning and maintenance company, we can steer you in the right direction. We offer residential, commercial and construction services. We always try and find the easiest solution to keep your costs down. Normally we will come out to inspect the glass and provide a quotation and recommendations.