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Old 27-01-2014, 10:10
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Any suggestions on what I can do?

It happened yesterday and I thought I could just put up with it, but its annoying me now.

Its under an inch and it's just a scratch on the surface not a crack.

On websites with brighter colours it becomes a lot more predominant .

Is there a simple solution?

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Old 27-01-2014, 10:20
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Put a screen protector on it.

I have some small scratches on my iPad mini. You can only see them in certain lighting but it bugged me. I don't know how they got there. I was very careful with it. I had it in a smart case which protects both the screen and back and I kept that inside a zipped pouch when in my bag for extra protection. Anyway after a few weeks I noticed these very fine scratches on the screen, when viewed at certain angles under certain lights. I quickly put a screen protector on there to prevent it from getting anymore scratches. Now I can't see any of the scratches anymore. It's just a regular screen protector. Not a matte one.
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Old 27-01-2014, 10:58
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Toothpaste and kitchen paper towel.
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Old 01-02-2014, 17:13
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Toothpaste and kitchen paper towel.
Toothpaste on the tip of your little finger with gentle circular motions. Toothpaste works with mobile phone screens also.
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Old 01-02-2014, 18:00
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And watches.
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Old 02-02-2014, 14:09
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Toothpaste and kitchen towel? Who's pulling who's here? As far as I know and in my experience once glass is scratched, it's scratched isn't it. There are no wonder recipes except new glass surely.
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Old 02-02-2014, 15:36
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Happened to me, too. Annoying, as the marketing hype for many of these things is 'scratchproof', they should accept that the need for a screen protector is strong, but surely you cannot tap through a screen protector? Or does the tablet still detect touch?
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Old 02-02-2014, 18:45
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Toothpaste and kitchen towel? Who's pulling who's here? As far as I know and in my experience once glass is scratched, it's scratched isn't it. There are no wonder recipes except new glass surely.
Who mentioned glass? Surely we are talking plastic?

I also used toothpaste on a Sharp MiniDisk Player and a Sony MP3 Player. Both I got secondhard off eBay. The Sony looks a hell of a lot better and the Sharp looks brand new.
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Old 02-02-2014, 18:48
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I also used toothpaste on a Sharp MiniDisk Player and a Sony MP3 Player. Both I got secondhard off eBay. The Sony looks a hell of a lot better and the Sharp looks brand new.
Hmm. Sorry I'm sceptical. Can't see what toothpaste does. How does it work?
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Old 02-02-2014, 20:15
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Who mentioned glass? Surely we are talking plastic?

I also used toothpaste on a Sharp MiniDisk Player and a Sony MP3 Player. Both I got secondhard off eBay. The Sony looks a hell of a lot better and the Sharp looks brand new.
Most modern tablets and phones have glass screens.
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Old 02-02-2014, 20:19
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Happened to me, too. Annoying, as the marketing hype for many of these things is 'scratchproof', they should accept that the need for a screen protector is strong, but surely you cannot tap through a screen protector? Or does the tablet still detect touch?
The glass is incredibly tough. But it's not impossible to scratch them.

Watches are a good candidate. The glass is just as hard.
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Old 02-02-2014, 20:31
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Hmm. Sorry I'm sceptical. Can't see what toothpaste does. How does it work?
Abrasives in the tootpaste grind down the glass and smooth out the scratch - same as what you do with a scratch on a car.
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Old 02-02-2014, 21:08
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Abrasives in the tootpaste grind down the glass and smooth out the scratch - same as what you do with a scratch on a car.
Surely abrasives cause further scratching?
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Old 02-02-2014, 21:26
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Yes. They scratch away the edges of the original scratch so that it is no longer a scratch. How do you think they polish diamonds to be all sparkly? Same principle.
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Old 02-02-2014, 21:35
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Surely abrasives cause further scratching?
As gomezz said above - and another example would be sandpaper on wood. The sandpaper is abrasive but makes the wood smooth.
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Old 02-02-2014, 21:48
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Abrasives in the tootpaste grind down the glass and smooth out the scratch - same as what you do with a scratch on a car.
I use "Arm & Hammer Advance White" as it contains Baking Soda which acts as the abrasive.
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Old 05-02-2014, 03:15
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T-Cut will do it as well, as above at the end of the day polishing is just using abrasives on a surface, it all depends on the size of the abrasive particles in the polish
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:56
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tcut is a good choice, especially metallic tcut. because it's so fine.

but nothing will give you perfect results.

diamond paste is best but it's expensive.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:26
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Happened to me, too. Annoying, as the marketing hype for many of these things is 'scratchproof', they should accept that the need for a screen protector is strong, but surely you cannot tap through a screen protector? Or does the tablet still detect touch?
Nothing is sold as scratch proof, always scratch resistant.
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