The portability of laptops subjects them to abuse since they are so often transported from one location to the next. A scratched metal laptop lid can be repaired, although the repair has more to do with aesthetics than with keeping the laptop running efficiently. You will need a few household supplies as well as some items from a hobby shop or computer store. The procedure does not require any special tools, and a person of any age can repair the scratch himself.
Place a bath towel on a table. Place the laptop on the bath towel with the lid closed.
Pour 236ml. distilled water into a plastic container. Pour 59.1ml. dishwashing liquid into the plastic container. Stir the mixture with a spoon.
Dip an edge of a lint free cloth in the plastic container. Place the moistened edge of the cloth over the scratch on the lid of the laptop. Wipe the scratch with a slow, circular motion while applying slight pressure downwards. Continue doing this for 15 to 20 seconds.
Remove the cloth from the scratch. Place a clean edge of the cloth over the scratch. Wipe the scratch in the same manner again.
Apply plastic polish to a clean edge of the cloth. Place the moistened edge of the cloth over the scratch. Wipe the scratch with a slow, circular motion while applying slight pressure downwards. Continue doing this for 30 to 35 seconds.
Change the wiping pattern from circular to an up and down motion. Do this for 30 to 35 seconds.
Remove the cloth. Gently wipe off any loose plastic polish that is on the lid with a clean edge of the cloth. Blow off the lid of the laptop with compressed air. Dispose of the cloth in the trash.