Cosmetic Repair Advice

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jmine83, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. jmine83 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2011
    I'm looking to do some of my own cosmetic repair on an iPhone 5s and an iPad Air. I have attached photos to show the cosmetic damage in question. The iPhone mainly has these very tiny crater holes in the metal finish. The iPad only has this strange slight brown discoloration on one of the volume buttons. I'm hoping that perhaps some light sanding and polishing will fix this cosmetic damage? I just want to make sure that whatever actions I take isn't only going to result in more cosmetic damage. I'm not experienced with doing this sort of cosmetic repair to a metal finish. Constructive insight is much appreciated.

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  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Anodized finishes can't be repaired by a DIYer and it'll look like ****.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Slap a case on it and live with it. There's nothing else you can do.
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sanding the area will not match the surround area. It is not a brushed finish.

    It would be a very bad idea and there is not too much a user can do to repair a blemish.
  5. cruisin macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2014
    Anodized finishes are a form of coating. If you sand it off and polish it, you will have a shiny spot.

    Get a case or get a full body sticker. I doubt you can re-anodize the phone without needing to take it all apart down to bare metal.

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