Christopher

Removing scratches from LCD screens? [i.e. remotes, etc]

Rate this topic

58 posts in this topic

I've had success using toothpaste [preferbly with whitening] + a cotton swab. Slightly dampen the tip of the swab, and put a smidge of toothpaste on the top. Work that into the LCD screen [like you'd buff a car] preferbly in a circular motion [and make sure you press down slightly whilst doing so] and let it idle for a minute. Dampen the other end of the swab with water and use that to remove the toothpaste. I'm sure you get the jidst of what I'm trying to say..just make sure you don't do anything in excess.

This method worked wonders on a scratched mc12elk remote I used to employ a year back. Honest.

You don't have to dampen the cotton swab too much, anyways. The main bit is to make sure that you work that toothpaste in, and even if some gets in the crack between the LCD + the unit it's easy to get out and doesn't affect the paint. End result is usually a clean LCD and a minty unit!

Some scratches [thinking severe] cannot be removed with the toothpaste method, no matter how many coats you apply. It can lessen the obtrusive appearance, though..

It stunned me at first how I transformed a slightly scratched MC12ELK to super-mint [haw haw :rasp:] condition with this method. If you have a heavy scratch, you may want to consider another coat of 'paste to see what occurs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe Crest? I can't remember. :laugh:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i tried it on my ipod...... it didnt work, i guess its too abbrasive and i guess it cant tackle such a large surface.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I imagine gel-type paste doesn't do the trick, does it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It should. Just make sure that you use a very small amount. I believe I should make a video of this procedure to help the community..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There's also a product on the market called CD 2000 that buffs scratches out of plastic. It's not as abrasive as toothpaste, so it may work for lighter scratches. We used this gunk at the CD shop I worked at with some nice results. It smelled pretty cool, too--nice and petrolium-y.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tried it on my Sharp SR 60 main screen, no noticeable improvement. Maybe because it's gel-based.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So, you put the toothpaste on the tip of the cotton swab and firmly worked it in a similar fashion to buffing a car? You do have to push down a little bit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Seems like I got it right this time. Though the results are less than spectacular due to the unit seeing a lot of rough use, the screen looks a bit neater.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A product called BRASSO works very well on plastic. I've used it on everything from plastic watch crystals to turntable dust covers to - yes - even LCD screens on minidisc players. You can find it at your local hardware store.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, i've used that before, but use toothpaste before using brasso, brasso is more of a polish, it' will actually show the scratches more. i'm guessing use toothpaste then brasso.

Used this method before for watches. my md is too new to have any scratches just yet, but when it does, that's what i'll do

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

dang, it doesnt work on my ipod..... this really stinks cause my ipod has a lot of scratches. :sad:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I need to make a movie of this procedure. What should we call this movie?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"Gone with the Paste"

"Scratchbusters"

"Swabber-Man"

"Back to the Toothpaste"

"The Dot-Matrix Display Reloaded"

or maybe just "Screen Saver"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ahaha, I like those. Expect the vid to have one of these titles. :happy:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So, you put the toothpaste on the tip of the cotton swab and firmly worked it in a similar fashion to buffing a car? You do have to push down a little bit.

hey i've used toothpaste to try and take out the scratches from my minidisc's screen and it doesn't really work and now it's a little worse in the sense that some of the toothpaste got stuck inside the screen and i don't know how to get it out. help!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Describe to me exactly how you did this process.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

well i took a toothbrush and placed toothpaste on it and started during circles on my mz-n910 screen and some of it, and some of it got stuck inside the screen on the bottom. i fear that the paste dried up and it's gonna be harder to remove. what can i do. do i need to explain anymore?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

still can't get the stuff out from under my minidisc lcd screen glass. please, anyone with ideas. also, a side question, wanted to know why my picture that i uploaded to show up under my s/n for the forums is not showing up under my s/n for the forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow you're cute. wink.gif Uh, you uploaded a picture, not an avatar. Try uploading an avatar instead.

Anyway, if it's under the glass it's not going to leave. I'm sorry..I may inspect the unit for you to see what I can do if you wish - where do you reside?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i would send it to u, since ur not far away, i'm in new york and ur in maryland, but since i'm about to sell the minidisc to someone, who doesn't care about the imperfections the minidisc has right now, their still willing to buy it off of me. thanks for caring though. by the way, what is an avatar, i can't find that word in the dictionary.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't worry - I fixed it for you. Check out the "My Controls" link at the top of the forum sometime. wink.gif

Anyway, so you sold the unit? sad.gif Are you going to get another MD? Don't leave the format. :/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hey thanks for fixing that for me. just in case i want to change the picture later, is it possible that i can do it myself, or will u have to fix it for me again, lol. i don't really understand the many options in "My Controls", and to be honest it doesn't really matter to me, i don't really be in the forums that much. i haven't yet sold the unit, but by the end of this week i should have. i don't plan on getting another md, especially not a hi-md cuz the battery life is not so great, and they sure look a bit bulky and it's not something that i need. also, i'm getting kind of tired of music or i'm just not as into it as i used to be. i was thinking about leaving the format and going with the ipod, but the fact that battery life is even worse, there's no point. md is a great format, but it could be better. since i'm usually home, i'll just listen to music on the computer and won't have to carry my music with me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, at least come by to chat in the off topic section every once in a while. wink.gif Good luck on whatever choice you make. biggrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now