Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPhone

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Oct 8, 2012, 10:37 AM   #1
mjpearce023
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Black iPhone 5 scuff repair thread

I just wanted to start a new thread for anybody who has been able to repair the scuffs on their anodized aluminum on the black 5. If you have used paint or black permanent marker to repair a ding or scratch please post pictures of how the phone looks now. Please also include what product you used. I think it would be good to have a separate thread since the other thread about scuffs is up to 162 pages and itís mostly about returns and not repairs. Anyone tried this yet? Hopefully we can find a paint that is a close enough match so that people can touch up their iPhone if they want to.
mjpearce023 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 8, 2012, 10:46 AM   #2
taedouni
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: California
I accidentally hit the bottom part of my 5 with my keys there's just a minor little scratch like dot. It's not a big deal but I can notice it. Hopefully I will fix it after hearing about other people's success stories.
taedouni is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 8, 2012, 10:48 AM   #3
Leonard1818
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Lookin like a sharpie marker is gonna be your best bet lol. perhaps a "skin" of some sort to cover it up.

I doubt they have a paint that will match perfectly and not flake off or look worse than a scratch (when applied by hand).
Leonard1818 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 8, 2012, 10:49 AM   #4
GoodBoy
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Forget it. You can try, but it'll never look as good as before. Fixing anodized aluminium is extremely complicated if possible at all and it demands sophisticated machining involved and a qualified worker.
GoodBoy is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 8, 2012, 11:00 AM   #5
mjpearce023
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Somebody in the other thread said they tried this and it worked pretty well
http://www.amazon.com/Birchwood-Supe.../dp/B0049Q5JX4


They never would post pics so its hard to say if it really happened.

I think the glossy would work for the slanted edges but wouldn't work on the flat areas. The edge seems to be the only glossy area. I think the flat would look bad on the sides and back.

Last edited by mjpearce023; Oct 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM.
mjpearce023 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 8, 2012, 01:03 PM   #6
bandofbrothers
macrumors 68040
 
bandofbrothers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Uk
At last a thread that's pro-active regarding this issue.
bandofbrothers is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 8, 2012, 08:33 PM   #7
jk4lebron23
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Nashville,TN
here is what everybody with scuff issues need! just found them from using them on my iP4
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Photo Oct 08, 8 30 28 PM.jpg
Views:	1309
Size:	1.32 MB
ID:	367821  
__________________
13" MacBook aluminum body120 GB iPod classicGold 64gb iPhone 5SBlack 64GB iPad mini wifi27" IMac
jk4lebron23 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 09:34 AM   #8
mjpearce023
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Found the first pictures of a permanent marker repair here. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...1#post15999436

Quote:
Originally Posted by marcobrien View Post
Had mine less than 24hrs & already there's 5+ nicks on the top front edge. Hasn't even left the house yet & I've been handling it like a newborn baby!

I know they're only small, but I dread to think how it'll be after a few months use..

Image
Image
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcobrien View Post
Just touched it up with a Sharpie. Not perfect, but definitely catches your eye less..

Ridiculous that this has to be done at all though!

Image
mjpearce023 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 09:40 AM   #9
Geckotek
macrumors G3
 
Geckotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NYC
Not sure I'm brave enough to try this.

http://www.ehow.com/how_7899695_repa...num-parts.html
__________________
Gecko Art | Facebook | flickr
Geckotek is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 09:50 AM   #10
mattopotamus
macrumors 603
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
personally I would rather have a nick than take a sharpie to my phone =/
mattopotamus is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:29 PM   #11
marcobrien
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Be interested if anyone tries the anodised aluminium touch up pen. Looks like it would be suitable. Just unsure how dark it would be against the slate colour on iPhone..
marcobrien is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:32 PM   #12
mjpearce023
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Here is another recommendation for the Birchwood.
http://scuffgate.net/how-to-repair-a-scuffed-iphone-5/

I ordered the glossy pen for the chamfer so I should have it in 3 to 5 days. I will try it out and post back some pictures.
mjpearce023 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:34 PM   #13
marcobrien
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjpearce023 View Post
Here is another recommendation for the Birchwood. I think its time to order it.
http://scuffgate.net/how-to-repair-a-scuffed-iphone-5/
Ditto
marcobrien is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:36 PM   #14
spazma7ik
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Nobody ever posts their experience with the Birchwood though. It's very annoying.
spazma7ik is online now   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:39 PM   #15
G-Wood
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
I've used the Birchwood Casey touch up pens on anodized aluminum gun frames, and it can help in certain circumstances. The key with those pens is to get a good clean surface (oil free), which on a gun requires a degreaser or alcohol to really get it clean. I think alcohol would be the best choice for the iPhone. I always apply the touch up, let it dry slightly, and then buff with my finger to try and blend. Decent cover but be prepared to do it over and over, itís not going to last.
G-Wood is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 03:07 PM   #16
marcobrien
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Wood View Post
I've used the Birchwood Casey touch up pens on anodized aluminum gun frames, and it can help in certain circumstances. The key with those pens is to get a good clean surface (oil free), which on a gun requires a degreaser or alcohol to really get it clean. I think alcohol would be the best choice for the iPhone. I always apply the touch up, let it dry slightly, and then buff with my finger to try and blend. Decent cover but be prepared to do it over and over, it’s not going to last.
Thanks for the info. Do you think the Matt black will match?
marcobrien is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:04 PM   #17
G-Wood
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcobrien View Post
Thanks for the info. Do you think the Matt black will match?

I have a white iPhone, but if the pictures are accurate you might need gloss and flat. It looks like the edges are shiny and the flats are more matte. I can tell you the gloss isn't super shiny and when you blend it with your finger it kind of knocks the shine off a little more.

Keep in mind that my experience is with gun finishes, and it might act differently on the iphone. What you need to understand is that anodization isn't just coloring, it increases the oxidation layer on the aluminum. So, it's just going to color in the flaw and not fill it. For a small mark this will probably be better than leaving it alone, but for a big area/chunk you'll still see the flaw.
G-Wood is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:06 PM   #18
marcobrien
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Wood View Post
I have a white iPhone, but if the pictures are accurate you might need gloss and flat. It looks like the edges are shiny and the flats are more matte. I can tell you the gloss isn't super shiny and when you blend it with your finger it kind of knocks the shine off a little more.

Keep in mind that my experience is with gun finishes, and it might act differently on the iphone. What you need to understand is that anodization isn't just coloring, it increases the oxidation layer on the aluminum. So, it's just going to color in the flaw and not fill it. For a small mark this will probably be better than leaving it alone, but for a big area/chunk you'll still see the flaw.
My flaws are tiny & are on the top front (matte) surface. Do you think I should go for gloss or matte?
marcobrien is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 05:04 PM   #19
marcobrien
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Useful information received from Birchwood Casey regarding their touch up products..

The Birchwood Casey Black Touch up pen is essentially a paint pen. It has a chisel end, and once the ink starts flowing it comes out in little puddles of ink.
I am assuming that the area that you need to touch up is small, and we think that it might be too much ink.
We do make a product called the Universal Touch Up pen # 13202 It is very similar to a Sharpie marker, but it is industrial strength.
It can be used on nearly all material, metals, plastic, textiles.as a touch up or a permanent marker. It is a flat black marker ink.
I checked around, and no one here has an IPhone 5 so I couldn’t test out to see if the color is an exact match.
I have inserted a picture of the pen below.

marcobrien is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 05:05 PM   #20
Allegrotechie
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjpearce023 View Post
I just wanted to start a new thread for anybody who has been able to repair the scuffs on their anodized aluminum on the black 5. If you have used paint or black permanent marker to repair a ding or scratch please post pictures of how the phone looks now. Please also include what product you used. I think it would be good to have a separate thread since the other thread about scuffs is up to 162 pages and itís mostly about returns and not repairs. Anyone tried this yet? Hopefully we can find a paint that is a close enough match so that people can touch up their iPhone if they want to.
Tapped it with a sharpie and then rubbed off the excess. Looks great
__________________
iPhone 5+iPad Mini Black & Slate 32GB
Retina Macbook Pro 2.3GHz 256GB | iPad 3 LTE 32GB | Galaxy S3 Olympic Edition/Red+64GB MicroSD
Allegrotechie is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 10:15 PM   #21
mjpearce023
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcobrien View Post
Useful information received from Birchwood Casey regarding their touch up products..

The Birchwood Casey Black Touch up pen is essentially a paint pen. It has a chisel end, and once the ink starts flowing it comes out in little puddles of ink.
I am assuming that the area that you need to touch up is small, and we think that it might be too much ink.
We do make a product called the Universal Touch Up pen # 13202 It is very similar to a Sharpie marker, but it is industrial strength.
It can be used on nearly all material, metals, plastic, textiles.as a touch up or a permanent marker. It is a flat black marker ink.
I checked around, and no one here has an IPhone 5 so I couldnít test out to see if the color is an exact match.
I have inserted a picture of the pen below.

Image
Interesting. I'm glad you found that out so I know not to just use the pen. I think I will put a little puddle on a plate and then use a toothpick to apply it so I don't get too much paint on the phone. I'm sure we will see some company in the next couple of months come out with an iPhone 5 repair kit with the right color and tools to fix up the black iPhone. They could probably make some good money off it.

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by Allegrotechie View Post
Tapped it with a sharpie and then rubbed off the excess. Looks great
Sweet. If you get a chance to post pics I would love to see them.
mjpearce023 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 11:06 PM   #22
luisn17
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Miami, Fl
tag
luisn17 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 10, 2012, 10:18 AM   #23
marcobrien
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
As another two marks have magically appeared today, I've just moaned loudly to Apple online & they've agreed to send me a brand new replacement.

If I have the same issues with that one, I'll reluctantly have to swap for the white model. My OCD will do my head in otherwise!
marcobrien is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 10, 2012, 11:21 AM   #24
mjpearce023
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcobrien View Post
As another two marks have magically appeared today, I've just moaned loudly to Apple online & they've agreed to send me a brand new replacement.

If I have the same issues with that one, I'll reluctantly have to swap for the white model. My OCD will do my head in otherwise!
I got a replacement from Apple care and it looked worst than my first one. I havenít put any new dings in the one I got on 9/21 but the two that came on it out of the box really bother me. Iím trying to wait for the store to get some more so I can go in there and exchange for a new one. The genius at the store told me they would do a full retail exchange as soon as they get some more stock in.
mjpearce023 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 10, 2012, 11:24 AM   #25
bbplayer5
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjpearce023 View Post
Somebody in the other thread said they tried this and it worked pretty well
http://www.amazon.com/Birchwood-Supe.../dp/B0049Q5JX4


They never would post pics so its hard to say if it really happened.

I think the glossy would work for the slanted edges but wouldn't work on the flat areas. The edge seems to be the only glossy area. I think the flat would look bad on the sides and back.
Tried this.. .didnt stick to the phones antenna band at all. Went on well, dried, then rubbed right off
bbplayer5 is offline   1 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPhone

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why I'm going black iPhone 5 not white: regardless scuff gate viewfly iPhone 47 Jun 16, 2013 05:57 AM
After all these rumors about Black Iphone 5 scuff what new buyers think of ? serkan iPhone 16 Nov 14, 2012 07:21 AM
Cases Which DONT scuff black iphone 5 aerove iPhone Accessories 3 Sep 25, 2012 03:07 PM
Do you think Apple already knows about the scuff mark problem on the black iPhone 5? Big.Mac.Daddy iPhone 13 Sep 23, 2012 02:57 PM
iPhone 5 Black SCUFF GATE Deadlocked iPhone 2 Sep 21, 2012 05:45 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:51 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC