How to buff out scuffs on plastic cell phone screens

Updated March 23, 2017

If you don't apply a protective cover over your cell phone or a protective piece of plastic over the screen, you're likely to see scratches and scuff marks on the phone eventually. With the constant improvement of cell phone technology, it is import to have a scuff-free plastic screen cover. After all, if the screen is damaged, how will you enjoy the numerous games, movies and videos that you can view with your cell phone?

Wipe the cell phone clean. Remove any cases or protective gear. Remove any stickers or skins that may have been applied to the phone.

Place the wash cloth over your index finger and squirt a dollop of metal polish on to the cloth.

Apply the metal polish to the plastic screen. Use quick circular motions with medium pressure. Change directions occasionally to avoid swirl marks. Work from one end of the screen to the other. Once the metal polish has been buffed out, look for signs of scratches. If you see any, repeat the process.

Place a second wash cloth over your finger and add a dime size amount of plastic polish. Apply the polish using a medium pressure, circular motion. Once the polish is buffed out, your cell phone will look as good as new.


Brasso is a common metal polish. Going over the cell phone with a plastic polish is only necessary if the metal polish has left an unattractive film behind.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cotton wash cloths
  • Metal polish
  • Plastic polish
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