How to Fix Bent Frames on Glasses

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Glasses frames can get bent out of shape at any time, either by stepping or sitting on them, or any number of possible accidents. Repairing bent glasses frames can be easy to do as long as you are careful about it. The most important thing to take into account is whether the frames are made of metal or plastic. Plastic frames don't easily bend, but they won't be easy to fix if they do.

How to Fix Bent Frames on Glasses
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Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Soft pliers
  • Hot sand
Step 1

Know exactly where the frames need to be fixed. Lay the glasses flat on a table upside down. The top of the lens frames should touch the table and the earpiece ends should point up. Look where the frames are abnormally pointing upward. Locate the point where this begins.

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Step 2

Use soft pliers to repair metal frames. Wrap the glasses in a cloth to keep from scratching the frames or lenses. Place the pliers in the spot where they are bent. Bend them carefully back into place.

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Step 3

Heat plastic frames to make them easier to bend. Apply hot steam; boiling water from a kettle or pan will work, but don't heat the frames to the point where the plastic can melt. Dry off the condensed steam with a microfiber cloth.

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Step 4

Apply as little pressure as possible when bending the frames. Forcing them back into place can further damage or break them. Grasp the frame as close as you can to the bent location. Bend them gently back into place.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Remove the lenses from the frames before fixing them if you can do so easily. The method of fitting the lenses within the frames varies greatly. If the lenses use a wire on the bottom half of the frames, or if the frames are closed around the lenses with screws, you should be able to remove them easily.
  • If the frames are excessively bent, or if you are afraid of damaging the lenses while repairing them, have them professionally repaired. The same place that sold the glasses will often repair them at no charge.

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