How to get over OCD about scratches, dents, blemishes, etc on Apple gadgets?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Daikyouju, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Ok, this is ruining my life... and maybe its happening the same to some of you too.

    I'm tired of buying microfiber cloths and expensive polishes just for seeking perfection in my apple gadgets and worrying too much about them.

    How can i get over this? Please suggest an efficient way to forget this imperfections that will appear under normal product usage.

    Any suggestions will be really appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Seriously, does it really work?
     
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    Consult a therapist. OCD is a treatable condition that will improve quality of life once it's under control.

    Or, simply get rid of the objects of your obsessions.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    i dropped my phone lastnight, the antenna band is chipped pretty bad with dents. got over it and threw case on that sucker.. oh well, ill have a new phone in 2 years anyway.

    YOLO
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Honestly, take your iPhone and rub it against a table. maybe spin it a couple times. after that shock of doing that, you'll realize it's just a piece of gadget and not a baby. once you have your first scratch it's SO much easier to stomach using your Apple stuff without any protectors or stupid stuff

    seriously, I too got tired of cases, clothes, inspecting for scratches that I just said ******* it and used it normally.

    boom, problem solved. my 4S is nice and naked. :D
     
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    ixodes

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    I like the looks of mine without a case.

    Yet i find the glass very slippery by comparison. Also being fragile, this is one model I won't be sad to see go. Apples bound to do better next time.
     
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    I have an otterbox defender, so pretty crazy about blemishes.

    That said, my resale value is higher when the phone looks like its in mint condition.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    Wait until the phone gets a first dent, scratch, blemish, you'll quickly get over the ocd. :) At least I did. In my honest opinion, you're just keeping it in perfect shape for the next person. You're not really enjoying your personal gadget to the fullest extend. With that said, if you're truly afraid and it's taking restrain on you, I suggest getting a tough case (something like the Otterbox like someone had mention). A front and back shield also helps.
     
  10. Rcflex, Jan 27, 2012
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    Ok your not alone, though I'm not at the ruining my life part yet... Have you tried "5 star shine" yet... It's an automotive cleaner/sealant/protector ;) Well you do have an expensive state of the art piece of technology in your hands

    If you do use it no water hose needed, lol... I realy hope it works well for you....

    take care

    Rcflex

    P.S. you can go to your Dr's office and get a prescription for OCD, or whatever the Dr. might think is alling you...
    Best wishes
     
  11. thread starter macrumors member

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    I just want to protect my iPhone 4s's steel band from further damage. Will this work?
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    Drop the phone, Shatter the screen, No more OCD, The shock that you did it kills the OCD. Lol, I'm just kidding!
     
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    :(
     
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    What's wrong with it? what did you do to mess it up or what's happening to it???
     
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    I just scratched it (the steel band) a little while vacuuming the dust out of the dock port and that makes me angry and not happy of having it.

    Edit: it's a hairline scratch that is visible while inspecting it from strange angle and under some light conditions. It's located next to the dock port opening at the left side.
     
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    The term "OCD" is used way too loosely in forums and in life nowadays !

    Speak to a person who has true OCD and you'll soon realise what you describe isnt even a mild form of the condition.

    We all clean the devices one way or another and want to take pride in its appearance. Stick with micro fibre cloths and try to stay away from wipes and sprays as these bring their own issues.
     
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    Ahhh I see, Is it a deep scratch? if not just then just buff it out with a dremel power tool or some sort of rotating polishing machine...

    Next time you would like to get dust out any small machine use a dust canister, it blows compressed air and won't make scratches...
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    It's just a phone.

    Turn on the TV and watch a news channel for an hour... Then maybe you'll realise what's important.
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    Vacuuming the dust out of the dock port? That's pretty serious. You realize that vacuum cleaners generate static electricity, which can damage electronic devices like the iPhone? Your OCD is making you do things that could cause even worse damage to your iPhone.
     
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    Maybe he's bored and can't sleep (at least thats my prob) what are you doing on then?:D
     
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    I was the same way OP. Basically, I got a scratch on my phone. Then the genius scratched the hell out of it while taking my case off. After that, I don't care anymore. No more cases, or screen protectors. I only use skins because the color of my phone gets boring.
     
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    Thanks to everyone. I think I am realizing the following facts:

    1. It's just a phone. A beautiful piece of art but a phone anyway.
    2. I bought it for use it and enjoy it, not for admire it and worship it all the day.
    3. That beautiful steel band and glass contains and protects the valuable hardware inside. As long I don't shatter it will work perfectly.
    4. I will buy a case anyway so if I drop it accidentally it will be protected.

    Anything else?
     
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    Take care and Peace:)
     
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    I have mild OCD and it can be annoying but the best thing you can do is something else that does not involve your Apple gear like go to a friends house or watch tv. The other night i was actually obsessing over my MBA's casing making sure there was not any scratches ect on it yet lol. Just remember that the casing on the iphone can be replaced if it get badly scratched ect so don't worry about it.
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    Its rather small minded of you to assume we're all in the same time zone.
     

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