Is it possible to repair a glass door?

With the right tools, it is possible to repair a glass door even with a limited amount of DIY experience. With our experience of over 20 years in this industry, we will cover what tools you need and how to use them to repair various types of glass doors.

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How to fix broken glass panels on a door

There are many expensive ways to fix and replace glass panels but we have decided to keep it simple and cheap for you. So here are the necessary tools to cut and replace glass panels on your door:

  • Glass cutter tool
  • A steel square
  • Claw hammer and nails
  • Silicone adhesive 
  • Sheet of glass to the thickness you desire
  • Glass cleaner
  • Pencil 
  • Sanding sheets

How to cut glass panels

  1. Use your glass cleaner to remove any dirt on the glass, this will make it easier to cut.
  2. With the steel square, measure the dimensions of the glass panel you wish to make.
  3. Now take your pencil to mark the corners of each glass panel or draw an outline you wish to cut around.
  4. Use the glass cutter to score the glass on both sides and the steel square to keep your lines straight.
  5. If you scored the glass correctly, you can now snap the panel along the scored line. We recommend wearing gloves for this step.
  6. Now pass your sanding sheets around the edges of the glass panels to smooth them. This will make them less dangerous to handle.

Below is a useful video breaking down the process:

How to remove the old panels 

Removing glass panels in your doors is a simple process. Using your hammer, you can remove the nails from the glass bead moulding to take out the old glass panels. With the claw part of the hammer, slide it under the nail you want to remove and apply a slow rocking motion. This will remove the nail with little damage to the bead moulding.

If the panels are broken, make sure to pick them up with gloves on. Then clean the area you will be putting the new glass panels on. A slightly wet cloth will do the job. Now, wait for the panel to dry.  

When it is dry, apply your silicone to the wood and lightly press the glass panel on top to fit the slot. Once your glass panel is on, you can place the bead moulding back on and use your hammer to nail them in place. Take your time with this step to not break the glass panels.

How to repair a scratched glass door

If it is a slight scratch that isn’t too deep, it can be remedied fairly easily. For example, a scratch from hanging a Christmas wreath on your glass door might be fixable with this method. However, do note that home repairs risk making scratches worse, so only attempt this process if you are willing to take this risk.

Using toothpaste to repair glass door scratches

This is one of the cheapest and easiest methods because you likely already have these items at home. Surprisingly, toothpaste can repair fine scratches on the glass panel of your door. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Clean the area of glass with the scratch and allow it time to dry.
  2. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a lightly damp clean cloth and use small, circular motions with a bit of pressure over the scratch. Don’t press too hard!
  3. Rub on the spot for about 30 seconds.
  4. Use a clean and dry cloth to wipe away the excess toothpaste and see if the scratch has been polished away.
  5. Repeat until the scratch is gone or stop if it makes the scratch worse.

The risk with this step comes from applying too much pressure to the glass panel on the door. It can potentially deepen the scratch. 

Can you repair chipped or cracked glass?

If it is a crack, you can replace it on your own with epoxy. However, if it is a chipped corner, unfortunately, you are better off getting an expert to do the job for you. Alternatively, you can make a new glass panel with the guide introduced earlier in the article.

If you are adamant about keeping the same glass in. Here’s what you need to repair a crack:

  • Two-part epoxy
  • Razor blade
  • Nail polish remover
  • Plastic hand scraper 
  • Craft sticks or toothpicks
  • Disposable plate
  • Microfibre cloths 
  • Dish soap 
  • Glass cleaner or a glass polish

Once you have these tools, you can get to work covering the crack in your glass door. By following these steps

  1. Use your dish soap to clean the glass, any dirt will prevent the epoxy from setting perfectly.
  2. On your disposable plate mix your epoxy by following the instructions that come with the mix. Your toothpicks or craft sticks will help you with mixing the epoxy.
  3. Take your hand scraper and apply the epoxy to the cracks in your glass. You will have between 5/10 minutes to apply the epoxy before it dries, so don’t waste time otherwise it will become too thick to fit in the cracks.
  4. Once the epoxy has cured and hardened, you can use your razor blade to remove any excess chunks.
  5. Take another cloth that has nail polish remover on and gently wipe away more excess epoxy and let it cure for at least 24 hours.
  6. The final step is to apply glass cleaner or glass polish and wipe down the surface. By now, the crack should have vanished.

How to repair a glass sliding door

Sliding glass doors despite their ease of access, are prone to breaking over time. Their large panels of glass, rollers and latches can be broken from lack of maintenance and any accidents around the house. Additionally, the seal around the glass doors can be worn out by exposure to the elements. 

They are still a great option for your home with their ability to let large amounts of sunlight and fresh air into your home. However, they can be frustrating to deal with. As an owner, here’s how you can resolve these issues.

Clear the rollers of dirt and debris

If your sliding glass door has become more difficult to open, there’s a good chance the issue is due to your rollers. So check both the tracks of the rollers and the rollers. You can do this by lifting the door upward until the rollers are visible. A compressed air spray can be used to get rid of the dirt or a handheld brush.

If the rollers appear damaged you should replace them. 

Removing a sliding glass door

This process can help you with replacing damaged rollers or broken glass. By unscrewing the latches that hold the door in the sliding area you can lift it out of its frame. We recommend getting another person to help you with this step. The doors are typically light, but they are not easy to move on your own.

When the door is out of the frame, check for roller and tracks for damage. Both are easy replacements though if the glass is broken, get a specialist to repair it but install the panel yourself to save money.

Before placing it back in the frame, use a silicone lubricant on the track. This will stop you from getting a sticking sliding door again for at least another few months.

Glass door replacement 

If you lack the time to collect the materials and equipment you need to carry out your own repairs, you should contact a glass door replacement and repairs service. Our glass door and replacement services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Then with our free call-outs, there’s no reason not to give us a ring on 0203 305 7161