Glass oxidation is an amazingly common problem in households and what’s the worst thing? The removal is really freaking difficult.

Glass surfaces can be:

  • Shower Doors
  • Windows
  • Windshields
  • Mirrors

On this article, we will explain everything about oxidation and methods to remove these awful stains.

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What does oxidation mean

Oxidation is the process that damages materials such as metals, glasses and basically all the known elements. This occurs when a material is exposed to the environment for an extended period of time, without being maintained.

Now, oxidation is commonly seen in surfaces that come in contact with water.

That happens because water contains several oxidising elements, such as salt.

To give you a better example, the rust we see on some metals? Yeap, that’s oxidation.

What happens in a oxidation

What’s happening in a oxidation is a little bit tricky.

In simple words, when something oxidise it loses electrons during a reaction by a molecule, atom or ion.

This damaging process occurs when the oxidation state of a molecule increases, while the exact opposite situation is called reduction.

Check out this cool article on: The Difference Between Oxidation State and Oxidation Number

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How to remove oxidation from glass

There are some cool hacks out there on how to remove glass oxidation, but if the state of the oxidation is critical, i suggest you some more serious methods.

The Homemade Method

Grab some Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide and follow the steps bellow:

  1. Choose one of those two strong cleaning agents (one at a time)
  2. Use a piece of cloth and with a little bit of force scrub the stains

If this doesn’t do the trick, then you have a very big problem and you need pro help.

The Pro Method

The pro method is far more efficient. You’ll have to use a rotary polishing tool and a supercut compound in order to penetrate the oxidised layer.

For real, if you have the tools it’s a very simple process:

  1. Apply the supercut compound on the foam pad
  2. On the slowest scale apply the compound in the surface
  3. Switch to the fastest scale and in crisscross pattern polish the glass
  4. Once you finished, wipe any remaining compound with a clean microfiber cloth.

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How to protect glass surfaces from oxidising

Glass oxidation will always occur unless you apply a ceramic coating.

A ceramic coating penetrates the pores of the surface, forming an invisible hydrophobic membrane that protects the glass from oxidising.

You can easily do it on your own by reading this: How To Apply Ceramic Coating

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Constantine Stephan

Constantine Stephan is the Founder and Chief Editor of Nanex.

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