How to Remove Scratches on TV Screens

Updated April 17, 2017

A scratch on your television screen, even a small one, is likely to distract and annoy as you watch your favourite shows. The deeper the scratch, the more difficult it is to remove. You may need to use several scratch repair methods. If your TV screen has any type of coating, all scratch removal methods are likely to remove this coating permanently.

Refer to your television's warranty. Accidental scratches may be covered. It's worth checking out this option first as it means there is a possibility you can have experts repair your television for free. Review your home insurance policy. You may be able to make a claim for accidental damage.

Buy a scratch repair screen cleaning kit. Use the kit to fill in the scratch and make it less obvious. Follow the instructions carefully. You can purchase kits online or at some electronic stores. Different scratch kits are sold for different types of screens, for example, LCD, plasma and CRT. Brands include Scratch Pro, Novus Plastic Polish, or Displex.

Dip a soft cloth in diluted isopropyl alcohol and wipe it gently over the scratch to clean it. Fill in the scratch carefully with petroleum jelly on the end of a cotton bud. Clean around the scratch with the alcohol again to clear up any jelly residue. This reduces the appearance of the scratch but may leave a slight blur. This method permanently removes the antiglare coating on your screen. It's also a temporary method and may need to be repeated later on.

Rub a white pencil eraser over the scratch carefully. This method may take longer but can repair light scratches. If you have no success, gently wipe a small dab of toothpaste on the scratch with a soft cloth.


If you are worried about harming your screen, contact a television repair expert before attempting any home remedy. The size and depth of the scratch can affect whether these methods are successful.

Things You'll Need

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Soft cloth
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cotton bud
  • White pencil eraser
  • Toothpaste
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From New Zealand and now freelancing in London, Alice Hudson began her writing career in 2004, specializing in health and fitness, lifestyle and personal finance. Her work has appear in the "Hawke's Bay Today" daily newspaper and "The Herald on Sunday." Hudson attained a Bachelor of Arts and diploma in journalism from the University of Canterbury.