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How do you remove scratches from a cell phone screen?

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Polishing substances such as vegetable oil, toothpaste and polish can remove light scratches from a cell phone screen. Abrasives such as fine grit sandpaper and baking soda can remove slightly deeper scratches.

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Cell phone users can remove small surface scratches on the screen using some kind of oil, cream or polish. They can use the following steps to polish away scratches.

  1. Find a soft cloth and some polish.
  2. A number of substances work well as a polish. Vegetable oil is a quick and easy solution, but it does not last very long and must be re-applied frequently. Polishing creams and oils can last longer, but are not compatible with phones that have an oleophobic coating, such as the iPhone 5. Car scratch removers such as 3M Scratch and Swirl Remover can work well over the long term. Toothpaste and a damp cloth can also remove scratches, but gels do not work. None of these substances get rid of scratches; instead, they fill them in, which reduces their appearance.

  3. Rub the substance into the screen.
  4. Use the soft cloth to gently work the polish, oil, scratch remover or toothpaste into the screen until the scratches are no longer visible.

Users can remove slightly deeper scratches with a paste made with baking soda and water or fine grit sand paper. These materials are abrasive and help work the scratches away from the screen. However, users should choose the finest sandpaper available, as rougher grits can further scratch the screen.

Deep scratches and cracks will not come out with polish or abrasives. Users who have badly damaged screens should replace them.

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