Bumper scratching stainless steel frame

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Bobajobbob, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2005
    Hi, i've been using a bumper for a few weeks now and having taken it off today I noticed a number of scratches and marks on the steel frame. Specifically just to the left of the headphone jack. Its not a big deal but it does appear that fluff and dust gets caught between the bumper and the frame and over time will mark the steel of the phone frame.

    If you use one I recommend taking it off and clearing out any gubbins from time to time to reduce this effect.
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    I suggest getting a shield for the sides if youre going to use a bumper. I have the BSE back and sides shields on. Im quite happy with my bumper in that regard. No scratching from my bumper to the steel as of yet.

    Or, as you said, clean it often.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2010
    Good thing the bumper covers up the scratches.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    Any case will do this. It's not just the Apple bumper. Surround one thing with another, sprinkle in something abrasive, and let it grind around in there for a while and you're going to find some wear.

    Take the bumper off every few days, buff the metal band with a soft, clean cloth, clean out the inside of the bumper. It'll never be completely free of wear, but that will help.
  5. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    If you want to use a case and be scratch free, cover it with a film first then put on a case/bumper.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    Are you sure there isn't anything in between (dust, dirt etc.)? It must be pretty strong plastic to scratch steel. :confused:

    Try wiping it, it might be residuals of the rubber/plastic that have just rubbed off onto the band.
  7. macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2008
    i've got my bumper on and I don't have any scratches on my metal band
  8. macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    How often do you take off the bumper and clean the phone and inside of the bumper? Is the phone naked sans the bumper?
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    Is it scratching the glass too? front or back? I haven't gotten my hands on a bumper yet so I can't tell how much if it all it touches the glass. I am getting a film set for mine before I put on a bumper and am trying to decide between full body or just the sides or back.
  10. macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    FWIW, I have back and sides protection from BSE, no protection on front screen, with a bumper, and Ive noticed no scratching on the phone.
  11. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2007
    I too had what i thought were scratches, or marks, probably from the bumper. But they didn't feel like a scratch. So I tried Wrights Silver Polish (similar to Brasso I think) - the label says it works on stainless steel - and voila, removed every mark. Dip a Q-tip in the polish and carefully rub just the marks on the antenna band and they disappeared.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    When you polish your band, you are actually abrasively removing pieces of the the metal around the scratch, and by making it smooth it gives the appearance that there are no scratches.
  13. rkz
    macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2010
    Thats nothing!

    I now have an iPhone 4, but when I had the 3Gs an incase case produced deep scratches! So its the least of my worries! :)
  14. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Anyone know if otterbox defender scratches the steel or back?
  15. macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    No but it turns your beautiful ip4 into a touchscreen brick :p
  16. macrumors 68020


    May 29, 2010
    Speaking of touchscreen brick, do the make a defender for the iP4?
  17. thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2005
    No marks on glass at all. Bumper is doing its job and is a pretty good compromise on form and function though every time I take it off I appreciate the naked form of the phone more. With the bumper on it feels much more like a 3GS.

    I should probably take the bumper off more often to clean it out and remove abrasive much but frankly life is too short.

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