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Having trouble removing scratches from that tough as nails screen? There is a way, but it takes a lot of elbow grease.

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The iPhone, different from the ipods has a glass screen on the front to aid in scratch resistance. One way to do this is to temper the glass. While making this incredibly hard and scratch "resistant," it makes it practically impossible to remove the scratches with anything you would think would polish it. Brasso does not work, Scratch remover for cars do not work.

I have the new iPhone and it is certainly a wonderful toy. You protect it but somehow something scratches the front. Perhaps you left your keys in the same pocket, or you put the phone face down on a table or surface where there happened to be sand, or some other abrasive on it. Regardless of what caused it, it is a debeautifying mark that needs to be removed. I will detail the process of removing the scratch. I did not take photos during the process but it is not complex, just time consuming.
 
JessR56 days ago

Cerium oxide is not so easy to find from my experience. Maguiar's ScratchX 2.0, a car polish paste, works pretty well as a substitute.

By the way, this trick does wonders for worn out handheld game systems with just a few tweaks. I used 1000 grit sandpaper, then moved to 2000 grit to further break down the anti-glare coating. You wrap it all up with an application of the ScratchX 2.0, which removes the scratches entirely and polishes the screen to a shine. Thanks!

timbudtwo (author)  JessR56 days ago
Cerium Oxide can be purchased from ebay, amazon, and pretty much any quality automotive store (not a kragen) I have ever been into. Either you aren't looking very hard, you aren't old enough to purchase anything online, or your are just advertising for Maguiar's (which is a pretty solid company).

(taps "be nice" sign)

No, I didn't have any luck finding cerium oxide. I looked, I asked around, and it didn't get me very far. And while I am plenty old enough to purchase items online, I'd have to spend more money to get roughly the same amount of cerium oxide on Amazon. I already had Maguiar's lying around and found it more convenient to use. It just doesn't work well for removing the anti-glare coating on its own. You have to use the sandpaper first.

I do appreciate the Instructable at any rate; it was helpful with just a little adjustment.
SophiaG14 months ago
DIY Dave6 years ago
I saw in the upper left corner of your iphone screen it said "cingular " I thought you could only get iphone service through AT&T. What other cell providers can you get it though?
Jailbreak. I've heard you can also get Tmobile as well.
can you get verizon by jailbreaking it?
Cingular was the original ones to have the iphone, thus why the earlier photos said cingular. However as it is known at&t bought cingular and now the iphone is only on at&t in the us without a unlock.
GerryM1 reluttr10 months ago

Actually, it was Cingular that bought AT&T; they just kept the AT&T name for name recognition.

I don't think Verizon would be an option for the iPhone. Verizon does not use SIM cards, instead they lock a specific number to a phone. AT&T, T-Mobile, etc. do.
forgotengun4 years ago
My used iPod touch is completely scratched up, I tried sanding it with both 1200 and 1500 grit sandpaper for about an hour and a half. It doesnt seem to have much of an effect. What would you recomend? thanks for your appreciation
eric m6 years ago
cerium oxide? Is that 'Jeweler's rouge' ? available everywhere really.
i thought it's scraych resistant.. but i've tried by using cutter, and it doesnt scratch...
timbudtwo (author)  riccolesmana6 years ago
Glass is only as strong as glass. If you try to scratch i with steel it wont scratch unless you are using a significant force. Diamonds will do it, as will equally hard glass. Sand can even scratch it if it has a sharp edge on it.
Thanks!
This is very helpful, as I have a small scratch on the screen of my iPod Touch that has been annoying me for about a month now. I also have a question...
I've seen commercials a while back for a liquid used to fill in scratches in of eye glasses. Do you think that would work for this?
timbudtwo (author)  Radioactive_Legos6 years ago
What you are talking about is liquid lense. Google the term to find out how much it doesn't work. I wish it did, would be much easier!
Thanks, I'm glad I didn't try that without asking someone first!