If Apple bumpers scratches the frame, don't all cases?

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  1. Macula macrumors 6502

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    Simple theoretical question, as I don't (yet) have an iPhone 4/4S.

    I have heard that Apple's bumpers, and all bumpers for that matter, my scratch the metal frame of the phone.

    If so, aren't all cases susceptible to the same issue?

    I am about to choose a case for my upcoming iPhone.

    Thanks.
     
  2. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

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    Only the cases that have hard plastic in contact with the phone scratch it. Bumpers like the Neohybrid and TPU cases do not cause scratches.

    I love the Apple bumper and use it with spectrawraps that way it won't scratch and fits better.
     
  3. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

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    Still not sure how plastic can scratch the metal case. ANyone explain that one on this forum, especially since the apple bumper is not even hard plastic.

    I've used mine for a good 6 months and have absolutely no marks or scratches from the Apple bumper case.
     
  4. TheiPhoneChick macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't call them scratches really. It's more like rubbing the band causing the brushed metal to become smooth or polished in the area making it looked scratched.

    QUOTE=Lindenhurst;14036889]Still not sure how plastic can scratch the metal case. ANyone explain that one on this forum, especially since the apple bumper is not even hard plastic.

    I've used mine for a good 6 months and have absolutely no marks or scratches from the Apple bumper case.[/QUOTE]
     
  5. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

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    It is hard plastic on the inside. only the border is rubber. Here is a pic:

    http://www.tekunoloji.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/bumper-inside-4.jpg

    And the scratching/wear:

    http://www.tekunoloji.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/iphone4-scratch-2.jpg

    If you search MR there are many threads on the subject.
     
  6. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Also a lot of cases that are silicone (or otherwise very soft) can let in dirt and small hard stuff (like sand) that can scratch your phone.

    In my experience a tight fitting hard plastic case will not wear the phone very much (not nearly as much as a loose fitting super soft silicone case).
     
  7. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

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    a) Almost any case will do this

    b) they aren't scratches

    what is happening is small bits of dirt/cloth/etc get inside the case. After use these small pieces work like sand paper and "polish" the matte finish of the iPhone making it shiny = looks like it's a scratch

    I polished my iPhone 4 band that had a few of these markings and now it flawless.

    [​IMG]

    Your options are to a) stop worrying about it b) Get a clear sticker to protect your band c) polish the band
     
  8. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I wonder if anyone has went with a really fine sandpaper to get rid of some marks.
     
  9. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    The new version Apple bumper fixed this issue.
     
  10. rapaleeman macrumors 6502

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    I used a Magic Eraser. The side with the "scrubber" on it. It is smooth, but rough enough to polish without damaging it. A couple of seconds of back and forth "cleaning" with it gets rid of the majority of the marks. A few minutes of this gets rid of the rest.

    Since the antenna is anodized, it isn't really a scratch so just simply polishing/cleaning it with the magic eraser gets rid of the couple unsightly marks that a bunch of cases left on my phone.

    Other than that stay away from hard plastic cases that are tight fitting. Both the Otterbox Reflex and Incase Slider left marks on my antenna due to their tight fit. Also clean out the cases before sticking them on. This is for all cases, not just plastic ones.
     
  11. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yes that seems to be the way of treating it if u had a bunch of marks.

     
  12. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a

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    My TPU case has caused these marks or rub/wear lines. They just don't bug me that much.
     
  13. greg555 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you can anodize stainless steel. Anodizing is common on aluminum though.

    Greg
     
  14. stevepollock macrumors newbie

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    In my acquaintance a bound applicable harder artificial case will not abrasion the buzz actual abundant (not about as abundant as a apart applicable cool bendable silicone case).
     
  15. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

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    The Magic eraser is just one side (white sponge).

    Are you talking about the Scotchbride pads that have two sides?


    Magic Eraser:

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    Scotchbrite:

    [​IMG]

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    The new bumper uses the same hard plastic on the inside. It has the same problem. The only things different in the new bumper are the CDMA/4s cutout for the vibrate switch and larger dock port.
     
  16. rjbeh macrumors regular

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    Do you mind sharing what did you use to polish your phone? Thanks a lot :D
     
  17. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

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  18. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Nope. Not all are designed the same and not all use the same materials.

    Try reading this thread. It's not the case that causes scratches. A material has to be harder than the material it is scratching. Whether yours has scratched or not is a irrelevant -- it's just one data point. "Hasn't happened to me" != "Cannot ever happen" despite what many forum users seem to think.
     
  19. mach250 macrumors member

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    this is exactly why i invested in wrapsol full body protectors before we even activated the phones...
     
  20. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

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    nope apple uses a medium blasted finish to produce their matte finish

    [​IMG]

    vs a sanded finish
    [​IMG]

    If you sand it down you might mask the shiny area, but this is going to also make the area larger.
     

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