THERE’S STILL HOPE
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 remedies”. Just how do we fix a scratched computer screen? Read on to find out!
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 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) CLEANING 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, soft brush, and cleaning alcohol (clinical 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 on 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 – The ones that feel like very fine sandpaper.
- Lastly, apply the toothpaste on the screen, use a cleaning cloth and rub in a circular manner – The whole idea is to use the toothpaste as a screen polish.
4) USE VASELINE
This is another trick that 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 POLISH (GLASS SCREENS ONLY)
If you have a glossy glass screen – Then things are even better. Just buy a windscreen scratch repair kit from an auto store, and chances are, it will old computer screen shine again. The kit might cost a little bit more 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.
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, using a combination of cleaning alcohol to clear the micro scratches, and Vaseline to cover the slightly deeper ones seem to work best… If not, you can try to use a polish kit to self-repair the really bad scratches.
LINKS & REFERENCES
No idea where to get scratch removal kits? Here are some that you can try out:
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.
W.S. Toh is a senior web developer with over 10 years of experience in building websites, systems, and applications. He is also a tech-gadget lover, SEO practitioner, blogger, and secretly an evil tech ninja.