iPad iPad Scratch? Toothpaste?

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  1. XxLucyxX macrumors newbie

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    I have a small scratch on my iPad screen and I want to get rid of it. Will toothpaste help?
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Toothpaste is abrasive. I wouldn't recommend using it. Take your iPad to Apple and ask them how much to replace the screen.
     
  3. PCWilliams macrumors newbie

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    Toothpaste will not do nothing for your device. It will not work so don't even think about it my friend.

    In my opinion, the best solution, short of a screen replacement, is a screen protector film. It will shield any future scratches and I think it will also make some shallow ones invisible.

    Best of luck my friend!
     
  4. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    I don't get the connection between toothpaste and the screen. If not for the iPad, will it work in anything else??
     
  5. Bkxmnr macrumors regular

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  6. blueroom macrumors 603

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    People used to use toothpaste to polish scratches out of their CD/DVD collection. I would not use it on anything with a coating i.e. iPad.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    The best option is to put a screen protector - the adhesion of that will mask the scratch if its not a big or deep scratch
     
  8. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

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    If you're feeling adventurous, you could try some norland 61 optical cement used for cementing glass lenses together. It cures in direct sunlight and is crystal clear. Work into the crack and let it cure...

    No abrasive is going to do what you think...
     
  9. calvol macrumors 6502a

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    Toothpaste works well on my Swatch to remove scratches, I would think it might work on an iPad too for small hairline scratches...
     
  10. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

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    You CANNOT polish scratches out of glass with toothpaste...

    Only a PRO could polish a scratch out of glass and even then, you'll DESTROY the oleo phobic coating.
     
  11. Max(IT) Suspended

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    It is just fine with your teeth :D
     
  12. 617aircav Suspended

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    I'm confused why someone who is OCD about his screen condition would not put a protector on it in the first place.
     
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    You're not getting why it works on a watch or CD.

    The glass on a CD is a clear layer and under that is the information that the laser reads. The glass on a watch is just sitting there to cover the hands and face itself. Toothpaste doesn't "remove" scratches, it wears the glass down around the scratch to even everything out. That's fine on a CD because it stops the laser from getting refracted funny by a single line. It's also why you can get those "cd buff" things for $20.

    It's the OPPOSITE of what you want to do on a touchscreen device. If you were to wear the screen down you'd remove the coating and destroy the touch capabilities of it.
     
  15. Max(IT) Suspended

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    And the oleophobic layer as well
     
  16. docal97 macrumors 6502a

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    i would agree with the above post. If it is really bothering you, get it replaced, although it will be expensive. If you do get it replaced, I would recommend a good screen protector. I am using the Zagg HD model which is excellent. I have also used Power Support USA in the past witch is really great as well.
     
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    It's a common way to fix CDs/DVDs that skip.
     
  18. here2rock macrumors regular

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    Does the Air has the oleophobic layer like the older iPad models?
     
  19. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Yes.
     

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