How to Remove Gold From Crystal Glasses

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda, white toothpaste or jeweler's rouge

  • Rag

  • Lemon juice

  • Salt

  • Paper towels

Tip

Consider employing a professional to remove gold banding if the crystal is valuable.

Warning

All methods of removing gold banding have the potential to harm the crystal. Do not use paint solvents; they will damage the crystal.

Removing gold banding can harm your crystal.

Crystal manufacturers apply a gold band to trim the glasses and stemware as a decorative accent. Over time and through use gold banding can wear or scratch. Washing gold-banded crystal glasses in a dishwasher can result in damage to the banding and a hazy appearance on the crystal. Using abrasive cleansers to clean gold-banded crystal can leave the banding scratched and worn away in places. You can remove the damaged gold banding for a set of crystal glassware without trim.

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Abrasives

Step 1

Mix baking soda with water to form a paste-like consistency. You can also use white toothpaste or jeweler's rouge. Baking soda, toothpaste and jeweler's rouge are abrasive cleansers that may cause light scratches on the crystal surface

Step 2

Dip a damp rag in the baking soda, jeweler's rouge or white toothpaste. Rub lightly back-and-forth over the gold decoration.

Step 3

Continue to rub until the gold is no longer visible. You may need the crystal professionally polished after removing the gold banding to remove scratches.

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Acids

Step 1

Wet a paper towel with lemon juice and sprinkle salt over the top.

Step 2

Lay the paper towel on the gold trim or if the banding encircles the rim of the glass, stand the glasses upside-down on the paper towel for 10 to 12 hours. Re-wet the paper towel with lemon juice as necessary to keep it moist.

Step 3

Rub the gold banding with a nylon scrubbing pad until no gold banding remains. Lemon juice and salt may cause a white haze on the crystal. You may have to repeat several times before the banding is removed.

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Sal Marco

Sal Marco began writing professionally in 2009. He has written many online home improvement articles based on his more than 20 years of experience in the home improvement and building industries. He has worked as both part of a team and as a site supervisor. Marco has a Bachelor of Science in management science from Kean University.