How to Ruin a Glass CookTop

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Here is proof that aluminum foil and glass cooktops don't mix. Watch before this happens to you!

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    BlackSheep1

    17 days ago

    you will need automotive polishing compound and a buffer wheel for e.g. a corded hand drill. work in small areas, use patience.

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    HowToLouthematthatter

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Nope, I am in the house. I've got to buy a new cooktop. Actually, I was thinking about converting to gas anyway. This just put that project front and center.

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    NetWt4LbsHowToLou

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Gas is better anyway ;)

    we have a white glass cooktop, and its so ugly. it shows every little scratch and is stained up around the burners, landlord won't let us do anything with it either. we even offered to eat the cost of replacing the stove top and oven :/

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    DCA

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Possibly not all is lost. They make a polishing kit for scratched automotive windshields that contains an abrasive (cerium oxide?) that you use with a buffing wheel to polish out fine scratches. There is a chance it might work to polish off the stain and restore the cook top. I've never tried this, just a thought.

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    HowToLouDCA

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. I have tried mildly abrasive toothpase, but maybe the stuff you suggest is stronger. Thank you.

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    HowToLouwillnate

    Reply 3 years ago

    Yes, that's actually the first thing I tried. I used muriatic (hydrochloric) acid to melt the foil off the burner. It worked well to get the metal off, but the glass is stained.

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    willnateHowToLou

    Reply 3 years ago

    oh I see I just thought the foil just stuck on it

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    HowToLou1710hammer

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hey Dale! I will be in soon with Karen, looking at new cooktops :)

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    jmyers1

    3 years ago

    Oh man. That just bites! Thanks for the info. :)

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    tomatoskins

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Oh no! I've only ever put aluminum foil on electric coil type stoves and I can tell you that they don't mix. Hopefully you can get another stove top soon.

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    HowToLoutomatoskins

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I think we are going with gas, next time. Coils are fine. There is something special about glass.

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    It is most likely not ruined. Get the special polish for glass cooktops. You will be amazed at what will come off.

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    HowToLoumr.incredible

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    That was my first fix attempt and it did nothing. A quick google search on "foil and glass cooktops" brings up a multitude of web sites that all essentially say "you are screwed" :). I also tried acid and gritty toothpaste, to no avail. The glass is actually stained.