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2 years 11 months ago #1101 by TWNHSTNUT
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I never realized how soft milk glass is until i had a real bad piece. It was very stained up, dirty and scratched. I thought that I could clean it up a little with chemicals or detergents but it still looked bad. Having nothing to lose I took a milk glass till and placed it on a no slip mat and started to sand it. I started with a 150 grit on an orbital sander and worked my way to a 220 grit. Scratches, light set stains and dirt just sanded away. I do not know how to polish glass so I coated the whole thing with clear lacquer afterwards. Its amazing how much damage you can get out.

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2 years 11 months ago #1112 by Dick Witcher
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There is "marble" which can be sanded & then there is milk glass which really is glass & can't be sanded. When you cut marble & really polish it to look great you go down to 1600 grit with water. Marble is very pourus & stains easy. You can seal a new piece just like your counter tops but over 100 years it can't stay nice.

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2 years 11 months ago #1113 by TWNHSTNUT
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I swear to you I am sanding milk glass stains and scratches out. I am a contractor and am familiar with marble but I am talking about the white glass with the grooves on back. Maybe someone out there has a piece they can test my comment on.

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2 years 11 months ago #1120 by Dick Witcher
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I guess you can sand glass as when I get some glass cut, they use a wet belt sander to smooth the edges. I was always told that sanding glass without water would break it? I have tried to sand edges without water but all it ever did was wear out my sandpaper?? Thanks for sharing.

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2 years 11 months ago #1124 by TWNHSTNUT
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Yeah I think the glass is not like regular glass which as you mentioned can not be sanded. I dont know how milk glass is made but its softer than normal glass somehow

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2 years 11 months ago #1137 by Dick Witcher
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In the 60's they were using "vermiculite" which is sort of a hard plastic. This may be what you have.

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2 years 11 months ago #1138 by TWNHSTNUT
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I just bought a machine with damaged milk glass that has a lot of scratches in it. I will use it as a test sample to show what I am talking about. The stuff I have been sanding does not appear to be vermiculite. It's my belief that whatever process is used to make milk glass, leaves it softer than a regular glass.

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2 years 11 months ago #1140 by TWNHSTNUT
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Before I start this let me first say that I am not saying this is something that any of you should do. I do not claim to be an expert restorer. I am just a hobbyist that has to find ways to make the things that he has look as good as he can with very little money. I dont generally sell but that may change soon as I am starting to get a lot of doubles. Of course a professional restorer will have better methods than I. I just want to show a little trick that I used on a couple of machines that i am keeping and I personally am happy with the results.

OK, Here we go.

The first pic is showing a stained and badly scratched milk glass piece

The second pic shows what normal soap, water and chemical cleaning got me

The third pic shows my initial sanding with 60 grit on a random orbit sander ( I dont normally start off so coarse but this piece had deep scratches and stains). Notice how I have dulled the piece where i have sanded VS the un sanded area

The fourth pic shows where I am after a 120, then 220 sanding

The next picture is with one coat of clear lacquer

The last one is me trying to show the reflective properties after a second coat (I rushed it and orange peeled the finish but i was just doing this as a quick experiment)

Now there are still scratches in the glass but they are very hard to see unless you really rake a strong light across the piece. I have a friend who is a tiler and he frequently has to polish the cut edges of marble on site. He uses a simple drill with a pad attached and some kind of compound. I am going to see if his stuff will re polish the milk glass for real instead of the lacquer thing. Once again this is something that I do and am happy with and I am not recommending that anyone else has to do this to clean or de scratch their milk glass.

John

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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #1393 by Jeff Kreft
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You can sand glass using silicon carbide sandpaper. When they cut glass at the glass shop they ask you if you want the edges seamed, all they do is take the glass to a narrow strip belt sander and carefully removed the sharpness from the edges so you wont get cut as easily when handling the glass. My guess is that if you gradually go up in grit size to say 2000 grit and wet sand it would probably polish the glass to a shinny surface.
Also I know they sell polishing kits for winshields on cars to polish the glass and remove scatches. This would probably also work, though I don't know how much they cost.

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2 years 6 months ago #1625 by buyselltradecashregisters
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I clean milk glass with Soft Scrub with bleach cleaner
It takes out all the visible dirty scratches

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