Asked on Oct 13, 2015

How do I "refresh" a gazing ball?

Barbara ValentiArlene FitzpatrickEileen B.
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Other than spray painting with a metallic paint - any other ideas for refreshing a gazing ball that has gotten dull?
9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 13, 2015

    I have the same problem. Have you tried cleaning yours? I have painted an old one but I used the wrong color and ruined it.

  • Z
    Z
    on Oct 13, 2015

    With seeing pictures, my guess is the dullness is more than likely from rain and its deposits. I would clean with a mild soap on a soft sponge. I use Dawn blue dish washing liquid for everything like this, to cut the build up. Regular window cleaner should also work.

  • Debi53
    Debi53
    on Oct 14, 2015

    If washing like Becky suggested doesn't bring it back, try buffing it with any cheap toothpaste and a soft cloth. This works on restoring car headlights and will probably work on your piece. The toothpaste has a very mild abrasive which cleans and buffing it with the cloth should polish your gazing ball.

  • Arlene Fitzpatrick
    Arlene Fitzpatrick
    on Oct 14, 2015

    Becky, Debi -- I'll try both = thanks. I have tried washing it but not with Dawn - which seems to have numerous uses.

    • Z
      Z
      on Oct 14, 2015

      @Arlene, please let us know what works for future reference.

  • Arlene Fitzpatrick
    Arlene Fitzpatrick
    on Oct 14, 2015

    will do.

  • Bwarner50
    Bwarner50
    on Oct 15, 2015

    I "resurfaced" my ball this summer by gluing on the glass stones you can get at Dollar Tree. I used silcone caulk to attach the stones all over the ball. I love it!

  • Eileen B.
    Eileen B.
    on Oct 17, 2015

    You can get stuff specifically restoring headlights at an automotive store.

  • Arlene Fitzpatrick
    Arlene Fitzpatrick
    on Oct 17, 2015

    I'll try this -- thanks Eileen.

  • Barbara Valenti
    Barbara Valenti
    on Oct 19, 2015

    Maybe some wax like polishing furniture and I just thought about using some rain X afterwards to protect the finish.

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