Ion-X Glass: my experience

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by anez, May 2, 2015.

  1. anez macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    Yesterday I had an unfortunate accident involving my left wrist, and consequently have been wearing my Watch on my right (dominant) hand all day today. It hasn't been the best experience; I'm a huge klutz, and I've been terribly worried about banging it into things.

    ...Which is, of course, exactly what happened. I was preparing some flatbread for the oven, and I managed to rub the corner of the Watch onto the tinfoil as I was spreading flour across it. The tinfoil tore, and to my absolute horror, rubbed off onto the glass of the watch face!

    The corner of the Watch was now a bright shiny silver. :eek: In a panic, I tried to scratch it off with my fingernail. No dice. Afraid of using anything more abrasive (like a knife or a needle), I thought maybe continuous pressure might work, so I removed the bands and spent a few minutes rubbing circles onto a piece of printer paper.

    To my eternal relief, the colour began to fade away and the glass is now transparent again. There is a very, very faint silver shimmer when viewed from a certain angle, but only if you are trying hard to see it, so I think a little more rubbing will take care of that completely.

    There are no cracks or scratches, not from mashing the face into tinfoil over my glass electric job, and not from the five minutes I spent rubbing it onto the paper, so I'm pretty happy with how the Sport's glass is holding up.

    Anyone else had a near-miss with their Watch glass?
  2. ahwman macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Thank you for sharing, I also have a sport version and I'm so careful and concerned about accidentally banging it against something which I know is inevitable. This gives me a little more confidence...
  3. techno-Zen macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2015
    I had a scuff on mine, rubbed some tooth paste on it,let it dry then buffed it off. Fixed it!
  4. tknice macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Was the tinfoil hot? I can't imagine why this would happen.
  5. d0minick macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    the glass seems like a real miss. i wonder if they go sapphire all around for gen 2.
  6. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    If you haven't seen my other thread. I slightly grazed a concrete wall and took damage. Be scared people very scared. Exposed edges was a poor design choice by apple

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  7. anez thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    Nope, stone cold. I had it spread across the glass hob/stovetop of my electric cooker (also cold) and I just turned my wrist the wrong way and dragged the watchfront against the tinfoil as I spread flour.

    I can only assume the pressure lightly bonded the metal with the glass in the same way a kid's press-on tattoo adheres to his arm with rubbing. I wish I'd thought to take a photo, but unsurprisingly enough, documentation was the furthest thing from my mind at the time-- I just wanted it fixed, pronto.

    The thing is, it looked completely intentional, as if I'd applied silver-coloured gold leaf, and there was no sensation of an edge when I rubbed over it with my finger and nail.

    I've just seen that now, and I'm very sorry that happened to you. I hope you're able to get it sorted out-- maybe sell upon repair and purchase the sapphire version? Unfortunately, impact damage seems to be very difficult to predict, and varies enormously from incident to incident. Not every story will turn out as badly as yours or as well as mine-- and some will turn out better, or worse. We'll just have to wait and see how it shakes out, I guess.

    I'm hoping Apple will consider sapphire for the second gen on all models, as despite this, I'm still a little concerned about the glass. Less so than I was, though, which is a blessing. Considering that I've already read horror stories about the sapphire, I guess nothing's damage-proof, but I think I would feel better with it installed.

    I wasn't interested in paying the premium for the steel (and by the looks of the sales figures, neither were a lot of other people), but perhaps after a year or two with the Glass, more of us will opt for the sapphire in future. Maybe that should be the real selling point, not the case material.
  8. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    The durability of these screens is seriously worrying. I have had five generations of iPhones and three generations of iPads and not had a mark on one.
    I am not even convinced about the sapphire screens if you read the posts about them. It seems that the coating on the sapphire is just as vulnerable

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