How to remove scratches on a laptop lid

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How to remove scratches on a laptop lid
Buff the scratches out of your laptop's lid. (Natthawat Wongrat/iStock/Getty Images)

A laptop computer is more convenient than a desktop computer, because it allows you to take your work on the go. One of the problems of moving the laptop so often is that you can easily scratch and mark the lid. The scratches detract from the appearance of your laptop, which is one of its appealing factors. Nevertheless, you can remove scratches from a laptop lid using plastic polish.

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Things you need

  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) washing-up liquid
  • Warm water
  • Bucket
  • 3 soft cloths
  • Lint-free towel
  • Plastic polish

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  1. 1

    Mix 50 ml (1/4 cup) of washing-up liquid with warm water in a bucket. Dip a soft cloth into the bucket, and clean the laptop lid well; concentrate especially on removing the dirt and debris from any scratches.

  2. 2

    Dry your laptop lid with a lint-free towel. Be sure to thoroughly dry the scratches.

  3. 3

    Apply plastic polish to a clean, soft cloth (not directly to the laptop lid) by pouring it on the cloth. Rub the cloth containing the plastic polish in a circular motion across the scratch. If the scratch is deep, begin polishing with a plastic polish designed for deeper scratches, and work your way down to the next plastic polish until you finish with a fine plastic polish. For surface scratches, begin with the fine plastic polish.

  4. 4

    Keep rubbing the plastic polish into the scratch using a circular motion, and switch to an up-and-down motion as you finish polishing the scratch. Rub the polish into the scratch on the laptop lid until the lid has absorbed all the polish that remains on the cloth.

  5. 5

    Wipe all dried plastic polish off your laptop's lid with a clean cloth, and inspect the lid to ensure the scratches are gone.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process until all the scratches on the laptop lid have been removed.

Tips and warnings

  • You can buy plastic polish at home improvement and DIY centres and from online suppliers.
  • Invest in a protective cover for your laptop to prevent scratches, scuffs and other damage.

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