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Is there any magical way to remove screen scratches?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by DWilliams, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. DWilliams

    DWilliams Newbie
    Thread Starter

    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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  2. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    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.
  3. Blackbrawler

    Blackbrawler Member

    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.
  4. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast

    ***See post below***

    It seems like a very odd procedure. Let us know if it works!!
  5. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast

  6. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser

    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.
  7. andrew53517

    andrew53517 Android Enthusiast

  8. spazma7ik

    spazma7ik Member

  9. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast

    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!
  10. magnus

    magnus Well-Known Member

    So does this method....'sand' down the scratch ...or fill it in?

    Will it work on my motorcycle? :)
  11. drabidea

    drabidea Member

    How in hell did you guys scratch your screens? Do you guys wear diamond rings?
  12. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA

    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.
  13. tdjt

    tdjt Newbie

    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?
  14. iLollar

    iLollar Newbie

    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.
  15. kbayer

    kbayer Android Enthusiast

    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:p... 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.
  16. Corinacakes

    Corinacakes Member

    omfg LOL!!
  17. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    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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  18. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast

    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.)
  19. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    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.

    Dude, that's freaking post of the day material right there!
  20. yzingerr

    yzingerr Well-Known Member

    If it happened to me, id magically hop in my car and float down to verizon for my new warranty phone.
  21. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast

    Now that advice is worth a million posts about what the best procedure is to fix your glass!
  22. Zoompy

    Zoompy Newbie

    the best fix is to not worry. This get damaged, its life. Stop being so OCD
  23. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    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.

    When I posted:
    , 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.
  24. sweetmike

    sweetmike Newbie

    I noticed that my screen in the past was scratched whenever someone used my phone and was wearing earrings
  25. onefix

    onefix Newbie

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