Frameless glass fencing provides the perfect surround for pools and balconies where you don't want your view obstructed.  However, although it's very hardwearing and durable, your glass fencing may suffer the occasional chip, spoiling the clean, smooth lines and the view.  You can fix minor chips relatively easily, although you should have cracks or large dings repaired professionally by an experienced fence contractor.

How to fix minor chips in glass fencing

 What you'll need

  • washing-up liquid
  • warm water
  • squeegee
  • lint-free cloths
  • clear spray glass cleaner
  • clear nail polish (top or base coat works best)
  • cotton buds
  • nail polish remover
  • toothpaste (not gel)

How to do it

  1. The first thing to do is clean the glass.  This is important so that you don't inadvertently trap grains of dust and dirt in the chipped area.  To clean, make up a solution of washing-up liquid and warm water, and then wash the window down on the side that's chipped.  Rinse the window with clean water and dry it thoroughly with a squeegee.  
  2. Spray the window with liquid glass cleaner, and then wipe it over with a clean, lint-free cloth.  
  3. Shake the nail polish bottle vigorously to make sure that the brush is fully loaded with polish.  Drip the polish into the chipped area on the glass fencing panel, until the area is filled to the top.  
  4. Next, take a cotton bud and immerse it in the nail polish remover so that it's soaked.  Use the cotton bud to wipe away any excess nail polish from around the repaired area.   
  5. Allow the nail polish to dry completely overnight.  
  6. When the polish is fully dry, take a small blob of toothpaste on a damp cloth and gently polish over the repair, using circular movements.  The mild abrasive quality of the toothpaste will help to smooth out the surface of the repair, effectively blending it invisibly into the glass.  
  7. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any residual toothpaste.  
  8. Finally, finish the job by giving the whole panel a spray with glass cleaner and polishing it up to a dazzling shine with a clean cloth.  The minor chip in the glass should now have disappeared.

In conclusion

If your frameless glass fencing suffers from minor chips, you can fix it by following the guidelines given above.  Remember that large cracks or major chips should always be inspected and dealt with by a professional glass contractor; if the fencing is badly damaged, you may have to have a replacement panel fitted.