I have scrubbed until it's a smooth surface that feels very similar to the original glass top but the surface is so dark it's nearly black. I can slightly see the original pattern in the dark areas which makes me think it might be salvageable.

If anyone has any ideas I'd be happy to try them.

What I've tried:

  • Razor blade
  • Aluminum foil ball
  • Barkeepers Friend
  • Baking Soda with (Peroxide, or water, or vinegar)
  • Sulfuric Acid [Strong drain cleaner] (but I did not scrub)

the glass top

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    Try leaving a drop of 100% bleach to see if the color changes. If not, try a drop of acid. Metal and/or carbon are embedded into the glass texture. All surfaces are rough when viewed microscopically. Probably cannot be removed. Jan 19, 2015 at 22:32
  • Thanks for replying. I actually forgot to mention that I had tried sulfuric acid. I will try the bleach and see if it makes it at least look better. I will let you know of the outcome.
    – sauv0168
    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:19
  • I tried acid again, left it on longer and scrubbed, I did not notice a difference. I also tried leaving bleach on it for about 2 hours, still nothing. Thanks anyways.
    – sauv0168
    Jan 20, 2015 at 18:12
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    Have you tried oven cleaner? Warm the surface first then apply oven cleaner, leave for a little while then use a scrapper to gently scrape the surface. After rinse surface. Apr 16, 2015 at 20:32

1 Answer 1


Are you sure the stain is not on the other side?

If it's on the surface then.

  1. Polishing compound - You can use a car rubbing compound with a low grit, they use to put a mirror finish on paintjobs, it wont hurt your surface.

  2. 800+ grit sandpaper. Again, it's used to put a mirror finish on car paint jobs.

    • it's wet sandpaper (it will be black, if it's light colored, it's for wood)
    • Once your've hit it with the 800 you can then start using 1000+ grit and put a mirror finish on it.
  • Welcome to LH, paul, and thanks for your answer (+1). How long do you think this should take?
    – Shokhet
    Jan 21, 2015 at 2:34
  • I will give that a try and let you know. Thanks Paul.
    – sauv0168
    Jan 21, 2015 at 4:26
  • Using either method I would think that 15 minutes of work with a couple of minutes of cleanup should probably do the trick. If you feel tentative and are testing then add a bit more. Good luck!
    – Citizen
    Jan 21, 2015 at 16:21
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    I tried these a few times now, even combining them both at times. Sadly it did not work. I think it may be permanent but I guess I'm now ready to make my car shine! lol
    – sauv0168
    Jan 30, 2015 at 17:23

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