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How to remove white enamel labels and graduation lines on borosilicate glassware?

I have a couple of pyrex lab media bottles that have graduation lines and patches of white for labels. I believe this stuff is enamel that is baked on to the glass. Does anyone know of a way to remove the enamel without scratching the glass?


artworker1 year ago
Try using crushed sugar on a scotch tape instead of sand paper. May work!
rickharris1 year ago
if you really really want to remove them your going to have to grind them off, use progressively finer and finer abrasive until you achieve an even matt surface and then polish that back to a gloss.
skyberrys1 year ago
Try gently grazing the white lines with a razor blade, under running water.
Vyger1 year ago
I believe that it is actually fused with the glass so its part of it. Sort of a type of glaze. Painted on and then heat treated to melt it into the glass surface. You would have to etch it off to remove it and then you would be left with the marks of where it used to be.
Kiteman1 year ago
No, that's the point - the markings are supposed to be immune to chemical attack.

Removing them will leave marks on the glass that are larger and uglier than the original marks.
Junkbots (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
What about a mechanical one? I was thinking about using sandpaper of progressively finer grits.
So was I, unless you think you can sand finely enough to leave no obvious mark?