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Old January 14th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is there any magical way to remove screen scratches?

My Droid has a very small scratch on the screen. It's not bad enough to have a texture (I can't feel it if I rub my finger over it), but it does reflect the light in just a way that makes it fairly visible when a light background is displayed. I'm always very careful with my phone, and I have no idea how it got scratched.

I've heard of numerous home remedy type fixes for screens, but some of them sound completely outlandish and some sound like they might damage the screen even worse. Is there any "real" way to fix it or am I stuck with the scratch?

Also, does anyone have any recommendations for screen protectors? I've heard that lots of them mess with the touch screen or distort the picture. Are there any truly "good" screen protectors?

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Old January 14th, 2010, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It is glass (albeit "Gorilla Glass") ... and glass can be polished, so I don't see why not. I would Google "remove scratches from glass" and see what you come up with.
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Yeah i just put a scratch on my droid and even though its small i wanna know if there is any way to fix it. preferably with maybe a household item.

The scratch does seem kinda deep though. I can feel a crevase with my nail if i try hard enough.
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***See post below***

It seems like a very odd procedure. Let us know if it works!!
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No, no, ignore my last post.

THIS is what you want!

How to Remove Scratches from Your Cell Phone Screen - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

It's using simple household products! Can't beat that!

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Yeah i just put a scratch on my droid and even though its small i wanna know if there is any way to fix it. preferably with maybe a household item.

The scratch does seem kinda deep though. I can feel a crevase with my nail if i try hard enough.
Let's try to do a search before making a new thread next time, okay?

That being said, looks like the answer you're looking for is in the post above mine.
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No, no, ignore my last post.

THIS is what you want!

How to Remove Scratches from Your Cell Phone Screen - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

It's using simple household products! Can't beat that!

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Does that truly work?...just sounds crazy! lol
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No, no, ignore my last post.

THIS is what you want!

How to Remove Scratches from Your Cell Phone Screen - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

It's using simple household products! Can't beat that!

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No way...
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I know, it sounds really stupid, but the comments seem to indicate that it does work.

In the long run, you're not damaging your phone. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work.

I hope he tries it and lets us know how it went!
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So does this method....'sand' down the scratch ...or fill it in?

Will it work on my motorcycle? :-)
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How in hell did you guys scratch your screens? Do you guys wear diamond rings?
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That is for NON TOUCH screens, and so are alllll the special liquids you see for iPod screens and cell phones. The Droid's capacitive screen can't be repaired from scratches using any known methods for regular glass screens as it will disrupt the electric current that makes it work.
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it will disrupt the electric current that makes it work.
Uh, that didn't make any sense to me. There's no current involved. Glass is a very good insulator, which means it doesn't conduct current. It all static electricity. Repairing a small scratch should not affect the touch screen function, certainly no more than a screen protector or dry skin.

However, the method described clearly says it's for plastic surfaces. Most cell phones use plastic screens. Droid uses glass. I don't know if this will work on the Droid.

Anybody tried it yet?
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My Droid has a very small scratch on the screen. It's not bad enough to have a texture (I can't feel it if I rub my finger over it), but it does reflect the light in just a way that makes it fairly visible when a light background is displayed. I'm always very careful with my phone, and I have no idea how it got scratched.

I've heard of numerous home remedy type fixes for screens, but some of them sound completely outlandish and some sound like they might damage the screen even worse. Is there any "real" way to fix it or am I stuck with the scratch?

Also, does anyone have any recommendations for screen protectors? I've heard that lots of them mess with the touch screen or distort the picture. Are there any truly "good" screen protectors?
Try using glasses (eye glasses) cleaners. And then maybe purchase an invisisheild from zagg.com for 30 bucks, oh and a lifetime warrenty. Thats my two cents worth.
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I started to try it on some scrap plate glass and plastic we have at the shop. I cracked open the eggs that are required in the "formula", but then broke down and added some cheese and bacon, orange juice, and just ended up taking a nap.

Just kidding... but my wife and I bought the components last night out of curiosity as we work with art framers, so this may be a neat trick if it works. I'll share our results once we test it.
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I started to try it on some scrap plate glass and plastic we have at the shop. I cracked open the eggs that are required in the "formula", but then broke down and added some cheese and bacon, orange juice, and just ended up taking a nap.

Just kidding... but my wife and I bought the components last night out of curiosity as we work with art framers, so this may be a neat trick if it works. I'll share our results once we test it.
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There are lots of house-hold remedies that will actually give great results in some applications.
This is NOT one of them. I'm sorry. I feel bad for anyone who scratches their screen. I completely understand the desparation of someone who has to suffer with such a blemish on their new $600 piece of tech equipment; I'm very OCD about that myself. But some very simple research into the basics of how these screens work, how glass is made (and how hard it is), along with some simple common sense should tell you that this is a really, really stupid idea. All that can come of this is a fogged screen where you rubbed, some aluminum oxide wannabe paste trapped in the bezel of the screen, and water trapped between the touch screen pane and the LCD pane.
Frankly, if the fact that none of the 13 persons who commented have actually tried this doesn't give you pause in itself, well may the process of Intellectual Natural Selection educate you or forever lable you an idiot.
I'm a jeweler, albeit an unsuccessful one, but I do know what it takes to lap semiprecious stones of a various hardnesseses (-softer than glass) to a dead flat surface, and then polish them. Even with far better tools than I have, operated by someone with far more experience than I have, it ain't never gonna happen.
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After reading the psychotic cat's post, I have come to the conclusion that I posted the link to the infamous glass-fixing site in error.

I did not do it maliciously, I thought it was a proud service I was rendering to my Droid brothers.

But alas, it appears that it is not applicable to the impeccable screen of our little fembots.

And no, I did not try the procedure myself, because from Day 1 of owning my little fembot, I have encased her in a hard body shell and a screen protector, so she is without any blemishes, just as she was when she rolled off the assembly lines and into my waiting arms.

(I would delete the link I posted, but others have used it in their quotes, so that would be pointless.)
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There are lots of house-hold remedies that will actually give great results in some applications.
This is NOT one of them. I'm sorry. I feel bad for anyone who scratches their screen. I completely understand the desparation of someone who has to suffer with such a blemish on their new $600 piece of tech equipment; I'm very OCD about that myself. But some very simple research into the basics of how these screens work, how glass is made (and how hard it is), along with some simple common sense should tell you that this is a really, really stupid idea. All that can come of this is a fogged screen where you rubbed, some aluminum oxide wannabe paste trapped in the bezel of the screen, and water trapped between the touch screen pane and the LCD pane.
Frankly, if the fact that none of the 13 persons who commented have actually tried this doesn't give you pause in itself, well may the process of Intellectual Natural Selection educate you or forever lable you an idiot.
I'm a jeweler, albeit an unsuccessful one, but I do know what it takes to lap semiprecious stones of a various hardnesseses (-softer than glass) to a dead flat surface, and then polish them. Even with far better tools than I have, operated by someone with far more experience than I have, it ain't never gonna happen.
Finally someone with some sense has commented. I've used Brasso to get rid of small scratches on watch faces, and even my old iPod plastic face. I'm pretty sure this would screw up the capacitive properties of the touch screen. I'm also pretty sure these screens do conduct electricity, I just haven't put a meter to it yet.

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After reading the psychotic cat's post, I have come to the conclusion that I posted the link to the infamous glass-fixing site in error.

I did not do it maliciously, I thought it was a proud service I was rendering to my Droid brothers.

But alas, it appears that it is not applicable to the impeccable screen of our little fembots.

And no, I did not try the procedure myself, because from Day 1 of owning my little fembot, I have encased her in a hard body shell and a screen protector, so she is without any blemishes, just as she was when she rolled off the assembly lines and into my waiting arms.

(I would delete the link I posted, but others have used it in their quotes, so that would be pointless.)
Dude, that's freaking post of the day material right there!
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If it happened to me, id magically hop in my car and float down to verizon for my new warranty phone.
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If it happened to me, id magically hop in my car and float down to verizon for my new warranty phone.
Now that advice is worth a million posts about what the best procedure is to fix your glass!
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the best fix is to not worry. This get damaged, its life. Stop being so OCD
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heh- OCD as I am about the cometics of my "fembot" (-I like that), I got insurance, also. Got it more because I was afraid it might suffer disfigurement more than actually not work.

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, I was referring to the commenters on the site supplied, net this thread.

I don't really think anyone's and "idiot" for wanting something to work in their hour of desparation, but common sense needs to ground us lest the damage be worstened, making us feel twice as bad in the end, that's all.

My dad had problems with his PDA touch screen being out of alignment and having a "hole" where there was no continuity. He sent it away to some small business out west that replaced the screen for less than a hundred bucks. If I get this info, I'll add it here.
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How in hell did you guys scratch your screens? Do you guys wear diamond rings?
I noticed that my screen in the past was scratched whenever someone used my phone and was wearing earrings
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Interestingly enough, the stuff that the glass in the Droid is made out of is pretty tough stuff... YouTube - Gorilla Glass Test. Smashing! YouTube - Specialty Materials: Corning Gorilla Glass
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Uh, that didn't make any sense to me. There's no current involved. Glass is a very good insulator, which means it doesn't conduct current. It all static electricity. Repairing a small scratch should not affect the touch screen function, certainly no more than a screen protector or dry skin.

However, the method described clearly says it's for plastic surfaces. Most cell phones use plastic screens. Droid uses glass. I don't know if this will work on the Droid.

Anybody tried it yet?
Do you know how a capacitive touch screen works my friend?

A capacitive touchscreen panel consists of an insulator such as glass, coated with a transparent conductor such as indium tin oxide (ITO). As the human body is also a conductor, touching the surface of the screen results in a distortion of the local electrostatic field, measurable as a change in capacitance.

I hope it makes sense to you now.
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Interestingly enough, the stuff that the glass in the Droid is made out of is pretty tough stuff...

Seriously? This is some bad*ss stuff... Holy crap!!!
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Rain-X used it on lots of devices.
Not sure if it would have aneffect on the ITO layer.
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Just put on a good screen protector. It doesn't get rid of the scratch, but the stuff that lets it stick to the screen fills in the scratch and you can't see it anymore...so you're no longer annoyed by it.
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Well then I have a question. I joined this site just because I saw this post while going through Google to find a way to fix scratches but as I read I dont think a scratch is the problem with my phone.
When i try to touch things my screen flips out, it selects random stuff, but its always in the same place of everything else. For instance (note this is on the very first droid) when im texting in regular more(phone vertical) it hits the @ button non stop, so I have to go into keyboard more just to text.
Any idea of what can be causing this?
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After reading the psychotic cat's post, I have come to the conclusion that I posted the link to the infamous glass-fixing site in error.

I did not do it maliciously, I thought it was a proud service I was rendering to my Droid brothers.

But alas, it appears that it is not applicable to the impeccable screen of our little fembots.

And no, I did not try the procedure myself, because from Day 1 of owning my little fembot, I have encased her in a hard body shell and a screen protector, so she is without any blemishes, just as she was when she rolled off the assembly lines and into my waiting arms.

(I would delete the link I posted, but others have used it in their quotes, so that would be pointless.)
You should still delete it. I read the post and I considered trying it out. I figured it couldn't hurt, and perhaps it won't hurt, but still would have most likely been a waste of time. Luckily, I read on and found all the new posts, which convinced me not to go through with it.
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How in hell did you guys scratch your screens? Do you guys wear diamond rings?

i Scratched mine for having car keys in the same pocket as my phone - and yes a first week scratcher too

Going to get some playdoh lol ^_^

Screen protectors arn't that great for responsiveness I found. So i just removed it and put up with it for a while.

Might try and see if you can buy the glass from China and do a diy job of replacing the whole screen on my own.

__This is totally out of place in this forum by I just ripped apart my computer to move the motherboard 5mm just to get a bluetooth card in my new PC to get Overclocking working from my phone - now thats a Hell - I think replacing a screen could be a bit easier ?
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My Droid has a very small scratch on the screen. It's not bad enough to have a texture (I can't feel it if I rub my finger over it), but it does reflect the light in just a way that makes it fairly visible when a light background is displayed. I'm always very careful with my phone, and I have no idea how it got scratched.

I've heard of numerous home remedy type fixes for screens, but some of them sound completely outlandish and some sound like they might damage the screen even worse. Is there any "real" way to fix it or am I stuck with the scratch?

Also, does anyone have any recommendations for screen protectors? I've heard that lots of them mess with the touch screen or distort the picture. Are there any truly "good" screen protectors?
Couldn't you just polish it with toothpaste. I have polished allot of materials with toothpaste and it seems to be one of the best polishing compounds. I have used it along with my rotary tool on watch crystals, auto head lights and several other things. If you try it let us know how it works.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 04:37 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I too was sooo gutted when I badly scratched my week old Galaxy 5 with fairly deep scratches. I've seen people suggesting toothpaste and it may work, but I think it may take a long time.

Somebody else suggested using jewellers rouge and since I had Paris red wax in the house I thought I'd give it a try and well... success!!
Apparently it has got cerium in it as the active abrasive. I've used a small hobby hand drill with a small buffing tool set to fairly low rev's. As long as you don't press too hard and keep the buffing direction perpendicular to the scratches they will dissapear after a while. It still took me an hour or so of careful buffing. So no 'magic' I'm afraid but hard work It's not absolutely perfect, but the scratches are definitely not so obvious anymore and I am actually very pleased with the result.

I've seen no issues with the touch screen, still fully functional. Some say you damage the ITO layer, but seems not to be true. That layer is behind the protective glass. For those interested I found a paper at touchinternational describing the construction. (sorry forum does not allow me to post the link yet) What I would suggest is to keep the rev's low so as not to electrically charge the glass as that can indeed damage the electronics! So use this method at your own risk.

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I got my droid charge a week ago used from my electronic store and I was Upset when I found out how many light circular sratches were on my phone is there any chemicals that I can use such as house hold items to remove these from my low rated phone? Please Right back I despret for answers and I'm desperate for answers those scratches are driving me crazy.
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Do you know how a capacitive touch screen works my friend?

A capacitive touchscreen panel consists of an insulator such as glass, coated with a transparent conductor such as indium tin oxide (ITO). As the human body is also a conductor, touching the surface of the screen results in a distortion of the local electrostatic field, measurable as a change in capacitance.

I hope it makes sense to you now.
Do YOU know how a capacitive touch screen works, my friend? It's great you can search wikipedia, and we all know that's as reliable as a source can get, but then explain why you can affect a capacitive screen without actually touching the surface of the screen? On my ADP1, if I hover my finger close enough to the glass, I can move icons around my homescreen. While it does depend on the ability of your fingers to conduct electricity, it's not that you're directly touching the conductive material at all. In fact, here's a better explanation so you can stop spreading misinformation:
The art of capacitive touch sensing

So, the point of all of this? There's nothing on the very surface of your screen that is required for your capacitive digitizer to recognize touch, don't tell people there is. "I hope it makes sense to you now."


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I've seen no issues with the touch screen, still fully functional. Some say you damage the ITO layer, but seems not to be true. That layer is behind the protective glass.
Sir, I am declaring you winner of this thread. A picture from the page I posted shows the construction of a capacitive digitizer in the sense you're looking for:
http://i.cmpnet.com/planetanalog/2006/03/C0021-Figure2.gif
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Well then I have a question. I joined this site just because I saw this post while going through Google to find a way to fix scratches but as I read I dont think a scratch is the problem with my phone.
When i try to touch things my screen flips out, it selects random stuff, but its always in the same place of everything else. For instance (note this is on the very first droid) when im texting in regular more(phone vertical) it hits the @ button non stop, so I have to go into keyboard more just to text.
Any idea of what can be causing this?
Try calibrating the screen , I had the same problem with my first droid and now its as good as new , you will find calibrate in the settings, I can't remember where to but its in there somewhere . Hope this helps
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I have a Samsung Note 2 (corning gorilla glass 2) with a a thin 1 cm scratch on the glass.
Pls send me a PM how to remove it.
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