Buff out scratches on stainless?

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  1. Jayjew macrumors 6502

    Jayjew

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    how does one do this?

    There’s a scratch at the bottom of my silver iPhone X and it’s an eye sore. It bugs me knowing it’s there to the point I want to exchange it.


    But is there another option?
     
  2. melancholy macrumors 6502

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    Yes. You use toothpaste and cotton to buff out scratches.
     
  3. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    Not sure if you can exchange it just because you scratched it.
     
  4. kellte2 macrumors regular

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    Exchange for a scratch in the stainless steel? You've never been around kitchen equipment, have you? It's going to be the first of many.
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Get the Cape Cod polishing cloths from Amazon. They will not clog the speaker holes like "toothpaste". They will get it to shine up again. Sooner or later you will be able to let it go and allow the stainless to get that nice patina.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I would not recommend toothpaste. It's messy and could get lodged between crevices or ports, etc. A Cape Cod cloth would be the best option and it works very well when removing scratches off the stainless Apple Watch.
     
  7. sassenach74 macrumors 65816

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    I’ll second this. Cape cod does amazing things for my SS Apple Watch
     
  8. IconIc215 macrumors 6502

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    This kid seems to use some Mothers Mag polish and works pretty well. It is a little messy though.

     
  9. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Flitz is another metal polish you can use.

    Tip: Apply some polish to your rag FIRST, and let it dry. You can rinse the rag a bit in clear water, too (and, of course, let it dry).

    This will embed some of the polishing compound into the rag, and that's what does the work. You don't need any of the chemicals or water from the paste.

    You can try some silver polishes, too, but stuff made for chrome or steel will work fine.

    DO NOT WASTE ANYONE'S TIME RETURNING YOUR PHONE OVER SOME STUPID LITTLE SCRATCHES. Jeez.
     
  10. Jayjew thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I guess just having a brand new iPhone x suddenly have scratches and scuffs just bugged me. It instantly took the new feeling away. You know?

    I'm probably not going to return it but you get the idea. I'm annoyed.

    Would these wipes cause it to look different? I'll look up comparisons.
     
  11. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Not really. Over years, polishing will soften sharp angles, because it removes tiny amounts of material (it's really the same as sanding, just less aggressive), but I'm pretty sure that, unlike wristwatches and jewelry, nobody's going to keep their smartphone to hand down to their grandkids after fifty years.
     
  12. melancholy macrumors 6502

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    With the stainless steel polishers, don’t they damage the coating of the display?

    Also if you want there is pre damped cotton with the stainless steel polishers in them and you just rub it on your steel. You can get it at Home Depot for cheap. It’s a blue container with a red label. It’s less mess
     
  13. Jayjew thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is my concern. Does anybody know a store I can walk into and just buy these wipes? Waiting is not my thing. (Don't mean to sound like an a**) lol.
     
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Go to Amazon and get the Cape Cod metal polish wipes. It is all you will need. They actually will deliver it to your door
     
  15. BarracksSi Suspended

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    I usually bought all my polishes at the grocery store.
     
  16. MacTechnics macrumors 6502

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    The mothers polish works beautifully. I’d rather have something I know I can fix than something I’m stuck with if it gets messed up, like the SG. Glad I got the silver.
     
  17. NismoRoadster macrumors regular

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    Yes the Cape Cod does remove the coating off the display. For deeper scratches I just use Mothers mag polish but very very thin coats. Just keep if off the screen.
     
  18. Jayjew thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Keep both off the screen? haha, now I'm worried I'll bump the screen and ruin it or something.
     
  19. NismoRoadster macrumors regular

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    Yea. I got some on the apple watch screen and spots of it came off. I could tell when i saw the watch at an angle it had matte spots. So i had to take a demel polisher to the screen and take everything off. Looks good as new now but without the coating.

    If anyone is gonna try it id suggest they tape up the edges of screen really well. I don’t think the back has a coating.
     

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