6 Ways to Remove Scratches on Computer Screens

Welcome to a guide on how to remove scratches on computer screens. Oh no! There is an ugly scratch mark on the screen. That is going to be very annoying every time you use the computer. Fear not. If the scratch is not too deep, there might still be hope with some “home and Internet remedies”.

  1. Rub the screen with a soft eraser.
  2. Use cleaning alcohol (90% isopropyl alcohol).
  3. Use a “whitening” or “polishing” toothpaste.
  4. Rub Vaseline on the scratch mark.
  5. Use an automobile windscreen or plastic polish kit.
  6. The “modern myth” method. Use banana and baking soda.

While I have personally tried and tested some of these methods, they are still not proven to be 100% effective. But if you want more details – Read on to find out!

 

 

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SCRATCH REMOVAL METHODS

There are actually quite a few ways we can use to remove scratches – Let us walk through them in this section.

 

1) USE AN ERASER

Erasers are one of the most common and easy “remedies” that we techies use. Just use a soft rubbery pencil eraser (not those rough abrasive types) to gently rub on the scratch mark – It seems to work pretty well in removing light scratches, and it cleans off stubborn pieces of stuck dirt as well.

 

 

2) ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL

Have a very dirty screen with a lot of small scratches everywhere? Then you will need to get a cleaning cloth, some cotton buds, a soft brush, and cleaning alcohol (90% isopropyl alcohol from pharmacies will also do the trick).

First, apply the alcohol evenly over the screen. Be careful of the edges around the screen, and not get the alcohol inside – It will damage the electronics. Wipe it down with the cleaning cloth, and use cotton buds to target stubborn spots. This should pretty much restore any old screens back into their “shiny state”.

Note – I know the above is not a “scratch repair” video, but that is a very good demonstration of how to restore an old computer screen using cleaning alcohol.

 

3) USE TOOTHPASTE

There are actually quite a lot of these “Mythbusters” videos on the Internet that toothpaste does not remove scratches. Personally, I have tried it and it works – But only on micro scratches.

  • First, clean the screen with a soft brush and cleaning cloth. You do not want to add more scratches by rubbing dirt on it.
  • Secondly, you need to get an “abrasive” toothpaste for this to work. The ones that have “polishing properties” and feel like very fine sandpaper.
  • Lastly, apply the toothpaste on the screen, use a cleaning cloth and rub it in a circular manner – The whole idea is to use the toothpaste as a screen polish.

 

 

4) USE VASELINE

This is another trick that we techies use to hide the scratches, and yep, just about any petroleum jelly-based products will work. All we need is to gently rub the cream into the “scar”, and it should start to “blend in”, fade the scratch mark. Take note though – This seems to only work on matte plastic screens and not the glossy glass ones.

 

5) WINDSCREEN OR PLASTIC POLISH

Have some deep scratches? Try your luck with automobile windscreen polish or plastic polish. They may cost quite a bit though.

 

 

6) BANANA AND BAKING SODA!?

Once upon a time in the bronze age of the Internet, people would use mashed banana and baking soda to repair the scratched CDs… A very eco-friendly way of repairing stuff, non-toxic too. If it works on the plastic of a CD, then it should also technically work on plastic computer screens.

P.S. Not tried nor tested. Not sure if this really works, or is another urban myth.

 

USEFUL BITS & LINKS

That’s all for this guide, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.

 

WHICH IS THE BEST METHOD?

Personally, what seems to work best is a combination of cleaning alcohol to clear the micro scratches, and Vaseline to cover the slightly deeper ones. In the worst-case scenario, only polish kits or fully replacing the top piece of the screen will work…

 

 

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Ways To Remove Screen Scratches (Click to enlarge)

 

LINKS & REFERENCES

 

THE END

Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.

1 thought on “6 Ways to Remove Scratches on Computer Screens”

  1. Used the eraser method, it works, will use a microfiber towel to brush off the eraser residue. I have now stopped being agitated by the scratch.

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