Remove Anti Reflective Coating From Glasses!

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spottymaldoon: Well done - I also dislike anti-reflective coatings as they tend to age the glasses prematurely and, so it seems, most glasses sold today have them. You could suggest that this is a 'planned obsolescence' strategy but I am not a conspiracy theorist - I just like seeing through a simple pair of clean glasses! If removing the coating still leaves scratches (often does) these can be removed with fine metal polish or even toothpaste and a very soft cloth - so long as the scratches aren't too deep. Opticians HATE us doing this - can you guess why?

Dee Fox: Thank you so much for this film. The coatings on my high index lenses suddenly started to degrade, in the UK it costs around £240 for new lenses so i was quite upset! After watching this film I ordered Wipe n Clear from Amazon on Saturday (£7.99), it arrived today (Monday) and my partner has just finished removing the coating as you directed. To start with I tried myself but gave up after about 10 minutes. My partner is quite tenacious and enjoys a challenge. With the help of a car windscreen ice scraper they had the job done in around 30 minutes. 

Cindy Cooper: Thank you for posting this. The anti-reflective coating I have has ruined my $500 lenses and Lenscrafters refused to offer a solution other than buying new lenses. The problem was caused by frequent travel to the Caribbean and dealing with white, steamy looking airflow on airplanes as they cooled the plane with the AC before take-off. I could watch the coating bubble before my eyes! Doesn't have ANY thing to do with how I care for my glasses.

Bryan Barnard: Thanks for posting this, Peter. I used the same product and got excellent results following your lead. The coating on my lenses was on the inside surface, and all I had available for scraping was a cheap ballpoint pen cap, but it worked fine. Like you, my glasses were old enough to be sacrificial, and I needed results right away, which this delivered. Thanks again!

Kathy Nguyen: Most Premium Coating have 2 years warranty which cover for scratches and damages to lenses. Plus most optical lab have 30 to 60 days policy for you to remove the coating. How do I know this? I worked at an optometry for 8 years. 

Paula Kenny: You make that look very easy.Last night I soaked the glasses 12 minutes the first time while trying to find something to scrape with. Tried various household objects but anything sharp enough to remove it was also leaving scratches on the lens. Soaked another 10 minutes and tried again. This removed about 75% of the coating, but again, it left scratches. Soaked cotton balls in solution this morning and left them on the areas with coating left, after about 5 minutes I got the rest of the coating off. Would I do this again? No, even the blurs are better than the scratches Now I HAVE to replace the glasses for sure. 

Emilee R. Gonzalez: My glasses are horrible. I'm going to try this tonight. Hope it works. 

Ngamer834: I sympathise Just bought brand new glasses with Anti reflective and they're already scratched. My old glasses had that coating and lasted years, so perhaps it's a quality issue.


Mark Newitt: This looked like it was going to work, but didn't. How long should I let the glasses soak for? I have tried a few times and nothing! Help...

Shelly Brown: I hate shopping at WalMart so went to Fred Meyers to pick up some of this Wipe and Clear and also Armour Etch. I saw this video but wasn't sure it would work so figured I'd get a back up and read lots of reviews about Armour Etch working well. However, Fred Meyer's didn't carry either so I remembered reading you can use car wax so I figured I'd give that a try. Tried it on the left lens and holy cow - I couldn't see AT ALL, it was so scratched and cloudy. So then I went searching for Armour Etch but despite having multiple hobby stores here, none of them carry it. Finally sent my son to WalMart because I was desperate. He found the Wipe and Clear. I soaked for about 20-30 minutes, then used a credit card to scratch the coating off. Still very scratched and cloudy. Was losing faith this would work for me. After the third soak and scratch I finally saw a glimmer of hope as a small clear area broke through. Have soaked and scraped probably 6 times now - tempted to leave them overnight but this is my only pair of glasses as I lost my others and put off getting in to replace them so this is it. My point is the AR coating is not coming off easily, but it IS coming off. I can actually wear my glasses now with only spots of limited/blurred vision whereas I couldn't see out of them at all after the turtle wax. Hoping to get it all off before work tomorrow!

Grail Gal: My glasses have been soaking for a month now - no real difference. I guess I'm off to the optician. 

Conans River: windex and your thumbnail work as well

Blair Maynard: This AR coating is just a gimmick to get us to buy new lenses every couple of years. I have had glasses where I requested no coating of any sort and something started delaminating a year or two later. :(

Idolomantis diabolica: THANK YOU! I thought I was gonna need new glasses.

Ethan r: i just wish glasses would have a warranty for this kind of thing i just think its so messed up it happens then its like i guess it gonna cost me 500 i dont have for new ones but thanks for making the vid i will have to try it was use using my finger nail at work to try and get it off bc it just look crappy bad enough i have to wear glasses in the first place but the glaases looking crapty on top of it is like fml lol 

Harke Juice: This happened to mines too, thanks so much for the tip Peter, definitely saved me some sanity as well.

Mimi M: where can I get a scraper like that , or what else can i use 

6ettinold: Peter - Flents Wipe N Clear isn't so easy to find in the UK. Before I ordered some on eBay, I trailed a few things in the kitchen. We have some in-wash stain remover here in the UK called ACE ( £1 a litre bottle at many discount stores ). Soaked an old lens overnight in a capful of Ace and the AR coating looked like it had broken-down this morning. One single wipe with a cloth and the coating was removed. No damage to the lens. I'm not if you can get hold of this stuff in the US but it worked a treat! 

ARIZJOE: 1. I have a coating with is now coming off, and distorting my vision. However, my lenses in my glasses are made of a polymer also, not glass. Would it be safe to use the Wipe 'n Clean solution on my lenses? 2. Is the microfiber cloth use to remove small bits of the coating, after you have used the scraper?

Polychrome1201: I am totally going to try this ASAP. Thanks for the vid!

StarofNite06: What about tinted lenses? Mine have been driving me insane. The scratched tint. Its my only pair as well

Nicole Wells: You don't have an antireflective coating, you have a scratch coating. If you cleaned your lenses properly, they will not scratch. 

Alagathevictor: Why would you do this? who scratches their glasses? On a watch I can understand it but on glasses you need the coating, otherwise your eyes get tired from all the reflection

Ryan Kramer: Quick point about microfiber cloth, they usually sell it in automotive paint areas as well.

Callista Lee: Thank you soooooooo much! I was just about to head out the door to take my glasses in to the optometrist's to have the coating removed. I stopped by a few weeks ago and they told me I'd have to get new lenses so I was prepared to go in to fight with them today to just remove the darn coating. I've had trouble with it on glasses before but on this pair its has just been nuts. Now I'm thinking that the reason they are no longer selling glasses cleaner at that shop is that they realised that it was what was causing the problem! Grrrrr. I'll do it myself. Thank you again. 

Aurélien Carnoy: Thank you, you are an inspiration for all of us. what we are witnessing is "Planned obsolescence"

Michael Jamont: I left my glasses in the hot car and then later that evening when I came back to put them on I noticed it was blurry against light is that the AR Coating?

Randy Brown: Went to walmart, got this product, worked all afternoon trying to remove the coating. Scratches just kept getting worse. I'm going to try buffing with a dremel I guess. Disapointed, I hoped this would solve my problem.

paulanderson79: Why would you want to remove the coatings??? That's plain stupid !!! Try buying some top class lenses (I currently have Carl Zeiss lenses) and you'll find the coatings practically impossible to scratch.

Michael Jamont: Does this work on plastic lenses?

James Prest: Dude... you saved me about $150 - $200. THANKS SO MUCH!!! I mean like... YOU SO TOTALLY ROCK MAN!!! I can see now... it worked!

JT: I don;t think this works well on all coatings, just anti-reflection coatings. The anti scratch coatings reportedly don't react to the same chemicals as the AR coatings. I could not effectively remove my AS coatings this way. 

GraemeCree: The stuff is actually called Wipe 'N Clear. If you go looking for Wipe 'n Clean, you'll be looking a long time.

Yono Soyel: Does it work to get rid of the mirror coating on sunglasses?

TheWcr84: I'm not sure. But I think windex would work as well. Maby even stronger 

Yesquiet: Thanks for making this video ....... after removing the scratches a year ago ...... are they getting scratched again .. ? .... or have you been so careful that they have remained pretty clear .. ? ....... Been tempted to have them re-coated for the anti-glare properties .. ? .... my glasses now have some light glaring ...... but I'll endure that if necessary .... I am wearing them again

Greg Quillen: Yeah mine has bubbles or something in it. Never knew how to get rid of. Was just about to try to find glass polishers. Thanks for the help. Got to try this

missinugianna: Looked up the price everyone...$2.88 a bottle. .......Thanks for posting this!! Hopefully I can fix my glasses that I bought for $360.00. This will kill me if I can't fix them.

smoothkaos2: This does NOT only happen to cheap AR coatings. I paid for the extra so-called good stuff and for no apparent reason at all the inner part of my left lens (next to my eye), which is almost impossible to scratch, decided to have all of these hair line little scratches appear where the coating is coming off. They say it looks like I scratched them so warranty wouldn't cover it but I'm OCD about my glasses/sunglasses and would know if I was responsible. Anyway it pissed me of so I'm now scouring youtube for a solution. Hope this works. 

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patti wathen: never get hairspray on your anti-reflective lenses. it ruins them!

Liz Bauer: What if you don't have a scraper like that?

smoothkaos2: Thanks Peter. I'm going out today after work to buy some of the cleaner. Fingers are crossed! 

Matt McNeil: Great vid, this worked perfectly on my Superfocus glasses. I was going to go get some of the product you mentioned, but I tried Windex and it worked like a charm. I can see again!

Eric Musick: Will this work on glass lenses?

Melisa Funer: I'm going to try this with my glasses today. I am so sick of the scratches! I hope it works.

AurumDream: I am so glad to run into this useful information; I am so glad to know that I am not alone. I have worn eyeglasses for 50 years, I know how to take care my eyeglasses - never use any Coating and never got scratch "on the lenses" before. Now, I wear "Varilux Comfort Progressives High Index 1.67" (about $615.00). Even force to buy my 2nd replaced lenses, the lens manufactory still INSISTS on putting all kinds of coatings - Scratch Resistant Coating, Anti-Glare Coating, Ultraviolet Treatment which left me with no choice, much less of its grade. Even with more cares, however, the coating chips again 1 year later. How about other types of coatings? Does anyone has the same, chippings / crakes, problems with coating other than AR COATING? Maybe I should refuse all of the coatings on my expensive lenses. It is not cheapness issue, not caring issue; It is the coating issue. It is the business trick how eyeglass industry makes us to buy new eyeglasses every 1 or 2 years, regardless our prescription is changed or not.

Liz Bauer: What if you don't have a scraper like that?

keend0g: Peter, are those glass lenses in the video? I have an AR coating on a pair of glass lenses that is scratchy and hazy. same problem. I guess I don't have much to lose at this point, I either try this or get new lenses (these are only 2 years old). Hope to hear from you. 
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