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Cleaning acetate eyeglass frames

post #1 of 8
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I have a pair of tortise acetate Persol eyeglass frames that I've had for a few years. They used to shine and be brilliant. I keep the lenses clean and polished but cannot seem to get the frames clean.

There is a definite haze or film where my skin contacts the bows of the frame. It's dull and the frames are just lifeless. I've had this on previous glasses before and generally replaced the glasses. However, I'd like to keep these and maybe even swap lenses out and get another few years out of them.

Maybe it's my skin chemistry or something? Has anyone encountered this? How did you clean and revitalize the frames?
post #2 of 8
I've seen this on my sunglasses as well; Persols in fact.

I've had success using the cleaning solution that I use for the lenses; wiping the frames with the polishing cloth. The key is to clean them often enough that those marks don't have a chance to settle in.

I know this was a preventative measure and it doesn't answer your question, hopefully someone else could chime in. (I'll look for my Persol box later to see if there are any special cleaning instructions in the booklet)
post #3 of 8
I've had the same problem before and have had to toss the frames, unfortunately. I couldn't find any cleaning solution that would work.
post #4 of 8
Iirc, I'd seen a short vid on the making of zyl acetate frames and towards the end of the process, they were dipped in acetone, then allowed to dry, thus giving them their polished appearance. Perhaps you could try this just on the end of one of the temples to see if it'll revitalize the finish. Better yet, ask your optician for some advice. More here.
post #5 of 8

Don't use acetone.

 

Clean them with liquid hands soap, brushing gently with a soft toothbrush. Dry them with a clean cloth.

 

Then, put 1 drop of baby's oil (just ONE drop) in a kleenex and gently rub the frames. Let them rest a few minutes and then with another clean kleenex tissue, polish them for some minutes until they are not oily at all. You can use your fingers to rub them as well.

 

The frames will be revitalized for several days, even weeks. Repeat procedure when they are dry and opaque again.

post #6 of 8

I'm having the same issues with my Persols. Found this over at Lifehacker, which recommends more or less sanding off the issues. Anyone tried that method, or is the soap and toothbrush method good enough?

post #7 of 8

To answer my own question, I saw on another forum that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers worked wonders. I tested this on one of the temple tips and it worked very well. Decided to bite the bullet and clean the whole frames this way and afterwards they looked clean but dull. Another forum recommended either baby oil or EVOO to shine them up. I opted for rice bran oil (I only had unfiltered EVOO) and well, they look good as new. (Well, almost -- the lenses are a different story.)

 

But to confirm, the Magic Eraser did remove all of the haze that I've found to be common for acetate frames.

post #8 of 8

I have had this exact same problem with various designer and better frames. The trick I've used that works quite well is to "wax" the frames with standard car paste wax. One must take care NOT to rub the wax onto the lenses as car wax has a very fine grit polishing compound that will likely haze the lens material (best if the lenses are removed). After washing the frames with soap and warm water, apply with paste wax with a dampened old sock. Rub it in for a moment and then, let it dry to a haze. After a few minutes drying time, using a clean, dry sock, wipe the wax off and buff to a shine. If there's any residue left in crevices, wash it away with warm water and a soft cloth and/or very soft brush (old toothbrush). The frames will look like new again and it lasts for several months.

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