This is part three of a
multi-part series on "faux polishing". Click here
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In addition to waxes and silicones (discussed in the second part
of this series), there are several other substances that can be used
to impart a shine to glass.
Some natural oils, notably lemon oil, can be used to shine glass.
Even salad oil will work for this purpose. These oils change
the surface and while they won't last forever they are often more
permanent than you would expect.
Some commercial cleaning products, such as Armor All (found in
automotive supply stores), can also be used to give the glass a
shine. These tend to wear off in time.
A more permanent solution is to use a clear spray oil, such as
Varathane Natural Oil Finish #66 (or a similar product from another
manufacturer). These will give glass (especially cast glass) a
Another option is to use a clear acrylic or enamel spray to shine
the glass. These products are also permanent; they impart a
wet look to the glass. Be sure to test these products first to
make certain they don't have a slight yellowish tint. (Test to
see if you like the look by spraying on clear glass before using
them on your finished piece.)
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