I’m here today with a quick little project that my Papa taught me, which will hopefully save you money! Do you have any sharp, chipped glasses or dishes that you don’t want to throw out? Did you know that you can sand chipped glassware so that your items are still usable, but won’t be sharp and dangerous!? This is a quick and easy DIY fix – let me show you how it’s done.
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First, you might be thinking – why would I want to keep my chipped items, can’t I just throw them away? Sure, that’s a plausible solution, but what if you have a set of dishes and only one plate is chipped? Wouldn’t it be easier to repair the damage and keep the set whole, rather than pay to replace the item and/or have one less plate? Hey – maybe you have a perfectly good casserole pan, but the glass lid has a little chip on the side and you’re worried you’ll catch your finger on it.
I’m trying to be a minimalist, so I will take any excuse to purge items in my house – however, I’m also SUPER cheap and hate when we have a large gathering of people and I’m missing dishes for everyone. Or worse, I serve drinks to my guests and there’s a chip in a glass that can potentially cut them :(
To sand chipped glassware, all you need is some super fine waterproof sandpaper. I like to stick with a 600 grit, and one sheet should be fine. For sandpaper, it’s handy to note that the lower the number, the grittier the paper is. So a 40 grit sandpaper will be really coarse with big chunks of sand, and a larger number will be smooth… like butter!
You’re going to simply gather your damaged dishes, rip a little square off your piece of sandpaper (1/4 of the sheet should be good) and dip it into some water.
Then, you will carefully sand the chipped area of the glass with the wet sandpaper and in no time it will be much smoother! You may have to continually dip the paper in the water so that it stays wet.
Keep in mind that you are working with chipped glass here, so be careful to not cut yourself. If you want, you can also wrap the sandpaper around a hard object (like a piece of wood) to create a sanding block so your fingers aren’t directly against the damaged glass.
You really only want to sand chipped glassware enough so that the area is smooth and no longer sharp. You will probably need to feel the glass with your finger to see how it’s coming along. (Again – be careful!)
Since it’s hard to show the difference with images, I made this diagram, and you want to get it smooth like Option B. If you want, you can always go crazy and smooth out the area so that it blends into the dish more (Option C) – just note that any additional removal of glass will further compromise the strength of the dish. Also, you’re in for a long time of sanding!
Yes, the chipped area is already not as strong as the rest of the glass anyways, so again – be careful when holding and sanding the item in question.
All in all, this is a quick little project that can save you money by not having to replace your dishes, and could potentially save your lips and fingers from getting cut by cracks in the glass! Depending how sharp and large the damage is, it shouldn’t take too long to sand chipped glassware either. So go ahead, fix those cracked and chipped dishes and save yourself the embarrassment of not having enough plates for your guests :)