How to fix burn marks on a flat screen tv

Updated April 17, 2017

Burn marks are images that appear on your TV screen whenever the TV is on. These marks are also known as "ghosting, image shadowing, or image burn-in." If a still, or static image is left on the screen for a long time, there is a risk of parts or all of the image to remain on the screen. The bad news is some images cannot be fixed, but some can. The easiest way to avoid burn-in is to turn off your TV when not using it.

Plug DVD player into your TV and power on. Make sure you plug the right component cables into their corresponding inputs on the back of the TV. This is usually done by simply matching the colours of ends of the cables with the colours of the input holes on the back of the TV.

Turn TV to the proper input to display the DVD. Make sure there is not a DVD in the player.

Place burn-in reduction screen saver DVD in the player. Allow a few seconds for the DVD to start playing. A pattern of white "video snow" will appear on your screen. The entire screen should be taken up with this patterm.

Run the DVD for at least several hours; this will help wear the TVs phosphors evenly. Depending on how long the image has been burnt into the screen, the amount of time you should play the DVD varies a lot. A good rule to follow would be to play the DVD at least four times the period the image has been displayed. If you have an image that has been on the screen two hours a day for a whole month, run the screen saver for at least 240 hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Burn-In Reduction Screen Saver DVD
  • DVD Player
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Brian Bores has experience working in television and does freelance writing on the side. His articles have been published on and he enjoys the freedom of picking and choosing when and what he writes. Bores has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and journalism from Tiffin University.