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Old Nov 5, 2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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Black iPhone 5 Looks Awful, Should I Polish The Bezel?

The anodization on the bezel of my black iPhone 5 looks awful now. Apple says they won't do anything about it at this point. (bought on launch day) I'm thinking of polishing it.

I found this video (link below) on youtube that shows one done, it looks nice but I know nothing about sanding/polishing... Any thoughts or ideas? (the before and after photos at the end are like night and day!)

UPDATE 11/9 7:56PM MST: I will be going ahead with the polish. Will post pictures when it's complete


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Old Nov 5, 2012, 11:44 PM   #2
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 11:49 PM   #3
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post some pictures.
Pictures of mine or picture of the polished phone from the video? I'm not sure how I would post pics from a youtube video? I tried just posting the video to this forum but it couldn't figure out how.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:56 AM   #4
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Pictures of mine or picture of the polished phone from the video? I'm not sure how I would post pics from a youtube video? I tried just posting the video to this forum but it couldn't figure out how.
Pictures of your phone off course..
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:21 AM   #5
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Pictures of your phone off course..
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I hope you can see, I took the pic with another iPhone. It's pretty much like that all the way around front and back, worse in the back though.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 03:06 AM   #6
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I hope you can see, I took the pic with another iPhone. It's pretty much like that all the way around front and back, worse in the back though.
Thats sucks man. Im still waiting for my black 64. Do you keep in a case?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 11:23 AM   #7
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I hope you can see, I took the pic with another iPhone. It's pretty much like that all the way around front and back, worse in the back though.
Damn, that looks worse than my 2 year old iPhone 4. I think a bumper is definitely in order for the iPhone 5.
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I hope you can see, I took the pic with another iPhone. It's pretty much like that all the way around front and back, worse in the back though.
You phone looks old, here is how my iPhone looks like, so beautiful. I use olloclip macro lens for 4s to take this
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 11:51 PM   #9
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I call BS on them. If it has defective anodizing coating it should be replaced under warranty. Mine is still flawless.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 12:03 AM   #10
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I call BS on them. If it has defective anodizing coating it should be replaced under warranty. Mine is still flawless.
It's not scratch proof- it will wear with heavy usage.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 12:03 AM   #11
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I call BS on them. If it has defective anodizing coating it should be replaced under warranty. Mine is still flawless.
We have two Apple stores around my location. I made appointments with both Genius bars and the answer was the same at both, since I purchased it over a month ago it can't be replaced under warranty.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 04:23 AM   #12
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We have two Apple stores around my location. I made appointments with both Genius bars and the answer was the same at both, since I purchased it over a month ago it can't be replaced under warranty.
That doesn't make sense. The warranty is 1 year. I'm assuming you can't claim defective anodized coating, and they're claiming wear and tear?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 04:26 AM   #13
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That doesn't make sense. The warranty is 1 year.
but its not covered by warranty, they claim that kind of scuffing is normal
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 04:27 AM   #14
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but its not covered by warranty, they claim that kind of scuffing is normal
Yeah, what they said, and I quote, "Scuffing is normal over time. We only cover cosmetic issues if it comes that way out of the box".
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 06:43 AM   #15
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We have two Apple stores around my location. I made appointments with both Genius bars and the answer was the same at both, since I purchased it over a month ago it can't be replaced under warranty.
So, iPhones only come with a 1 month warranty?
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So, iPhones only come with a 1 month warranty?
Scratching due to user neglect is not a warranty issue.
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It's not scratch proof- it will wear with heavy usage.
I'm not talking about being scratch proof. I already know anodizing coating will wear off in the long run. I'm talking about the small batch of iP5 whose black is rubbing off like crazy with normal wiping. Those are truly defective and need to be replaced under warranty.

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You need to get out in the REAL world. I have three friends who have no case on their 5 and every one has scratches or other defects and nothing else stays in their pocket. Anodized aluminum is STILL soft and can and WILL be scratched. Just the fact that the aluminum is so soft should tell you that.
A lot of iP5 are predamaged out of the box and that accounts for the vast majority of nicks and scuffs you see. However, if the black is rubbing off like crazy with normal wiping, it has defective anodizing coating. Period.
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Scratching due to user neglect is not a warranty issue.
Completely agree on this. It is not a part of warranty
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:00 PM   #19
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What colour do they have?
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So, iPhones only come with a 1 month warranty?
Their on year warranty doesn't cover cosmetic issues

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I'm sure you can find another reason to have it replaced beyond the cosmetic issues However, if you want to go that route.. you can't polish it before you bring it in. It'd have to have not been purposely altered in that way to be valid under warranty.
I am not sure a cosmetic alteration like this would necessarily void the warranty. Most of the paint would wear away naturally anyway. I wouldn't tell them I sanded it but that most it was wearing so I rubbed the remainder off.

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Scratching due to user neglect is not a warranty issue.
I wouldn't call typical use and pocket time "user neglect" but with how much this issue has cost apple they were bound to start making excuses and cutting people off eventually.

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Wow, it actually looks better that way than the "murdered out" version. Makes it a bit more flashy.
I agree, I like the polished edge look. It still looks like it would come that way from the factory but it has a subtle flashiness.

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Wow, it actually looks better that way than the "murdered out" version. Makes it a bit more flashy.
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That video seems like a great way to scratch the hell out of your screen too!
If you watch the " learn how I did this" version of that video the guy recommends removing the front glass before polishing the front edges.

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Damn, that looks worse than my 2 year old iPhone 4. I think a bumper is definitely in order for the iPhone 5.
I bet even with a bumper it will scratch. Maybe not as fast though
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the "after" pic in the video looks fantastic.
i would like to see high quality photos of the polished version before attempting something like this if it were me though.
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We have two Apple stores around my location. I made appointments with both Genius bars and the answer was the same at both, since I purchased it over a month ago it can't be replaced under warranty.
I'm sure you can find another reason to have it replaced beyond the cosmetic issues However, if you want to go that route.. you can't polish it before you bring it in. It'd have to have not been purposely altered in that way to be valid under warranty.
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I call BS on them. If it has defective anodizing coating it should be replaced under warranty. Mine is still flawless.
Who gives a crap? That's not the point of the video.
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I call BS on them. If it has defective anodizing coating it should be replaced under warranty. Mine is still flawless.
You need to get out in the REAL world. I have three friends who have no case on their 5 and every one has scratches or other defects and nothing else stays in their pocket. Anodized aluminum is STILL soft and can and WILL be scratched. Just the fact that the aluminum is so soft should tell you that.

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That doesn't make sense. The warranty is 1 year. I'm assuming you can't claim defective anodized coating, and they're claiming wear and tear?
Scratching is not a defect!

You car is not warranted against scratches nor is the soft aluminum on your phone!
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You need to get out in the REAL world. I have three friends who have no case on their 5 and every one has scratches or other defects and nothing else stays in their pocket. Anodized aluminum is STILL soft and can and WILL be scratched. Just the fact that the aluminum is so soft should tell you that.[COLOR="#808080"]
What colour do they have?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 06:31 AM   #25
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What colour do they have?
I'm going to guess black. The white ones aren't as prone to scuffing
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