No matter how carefully you handle and protect your touch screen phone, accidents and scratches are a common occurrence. There's a whole market designed to supply kits just for the purpose of getting rid of such scratches and another market loaded with replacement screens. While purchasing a scratch removal kit may be your safest bet, you can give homemade treatments a try, too.
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Things you need
- Touch screen scratch kit
- Fine 1200-2500 grit wet/dry sandpaper
- Cerium oxide
- Buffing/polishing wheel
Purchase one of the many scratch removal kits for touch screen phones and follow the directions. Manmade.com recommends AstroAge's AstroShine Clean Kit, Applesause Polish Plastic Surgery Kit and Ice Crème Scratch Remover.
Rub the sandpaper, along with a bit of water, along the scratched areas of your touch screen until you've removed them. You may have to use some force according to D.C. photographer Carl Hutzler, but he found that the added pressure also rectified some unfavourable lines in his touch screen phone.
Mix the cerium oxide powder with water until you get a thick cream. The buffing process will gloss the matt finish left from sanding the scratches. The water will prevent the glass of your touch screen from overly heating the LCD display beneath the screen.
Apply the cerium oxide cream directly to the touch screen. Use the buffing/polishing wheel on the highest setting to buff the screen. Reapply the mixture every 10 seconds or so, recommends Hutzler, for about 30-40 minutes. Use a damp cloth to wipe your touch screen phone and check your progress periodically. Be careful not to apply too much pressure and check the heat level of your screen continuously.
Use canned air, a pin and a wet cloth to remove the polishing compound from the surface and crevices of your touch screen phone.
Tips and warnings
- It may take up to a dozen applications of a store-bought kit to remove deep scratches.
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