How to Fix Scratches on a Nintendo DS Lite Screen

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The Nintendo DS Lite, the second model in the DS line, has quickly become one of the hottest portable gaming systems on the market, replacing Nintendo's Gameboy Advance (and Gameboy Advance SP models). The Nintendo DS Lite features two screens, one on the top, and a touchscreen on the bottom, for added control. If you take your DS Lite with you everywhere, chances are it'll get an occasional scratch. Though some scratches may require professional repair, other scratches can be remedied at home rather easily.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Vaseline jelly
  • Rubber eraser

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wipe away the scratch with a rubber eraser. If the scratches are small, they may simply vanish when you use the eraser, as minute bits of excess plastic are brushed off.

  2. 2

    Wipe off any remaining marks with a damp microfiber cloth.

  3. 3

    For deeper scratches that could not be removed with an eraser, dab a bit of vaseline petroleum jelly onto the end of a cotton swab.

  4. 4

    Wipe the petroleum jelly over the scratch, filling it. The jelly should match the optics of the glass, concealing the scratch.

  5. 5

    Wipe away any excess vaseline.

Tips and warnings

  • These techniques should work on both touchscreens and regular LCD screens, but some of the touchscreen's functionality may be lost as a result of scratches. This would call for a total replacement, which can be done on Nintendo's website. Note that you may need to recalibrate your touchscreen after it has been fixed/replaced, which can be done through the DS main menu, which is found by turning on the unit without a game.

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