Is it possible to fix scratches in the black iPhone 5 coating?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by felixen, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. felixen macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    I'm wondering if you can buy some kind of wax or whatever to make the scratches on the black iPhone 5 less visible? I know you can get something like that for cars, so I hope it can also be done with the iPhone 5..
  2. oplix macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2008
    New York, NY
    I would recommend hitting up your local hardware store to see what they could suggest for touch-up work. I know auto stores also sell touch up paint for vehicles which could also work.
  3. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
  4. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
  5. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    I find that my phone is either in my pocket or plugged into the wall. The rest of the time, I am staring at the screen while using it. In each instance, I am never looking at the rear of the phone. Can you share the practical reasons for constantly inspecting the coating?
  6. GUCCIMAN macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    My mother has had her Cayenne for 6 years now, that's 6 years I've been in and out of that car and never once have I seen the top of the car. Can you share the practical reason for applying paint on top if you never look there?
  7. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    Spot on, my friend.

    Thanks for all the fast suggestions, guys. Will check all of it out!


    I wonder how the result turns out when using this. I don't expect it to look 100% the same - as long as the black color is kind of the same shade it's all good. This would be a cheap solution
  8. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    I'd hazard a guess it's for the same reason the underside of the engine cover is painted on my F430 F1.

    But then again, one never knows :)
  9. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    I ordered that marker last week... waiting for it. Ill review it when I get it.
  10. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    Awesome. How bad are your marks and where are they located? Mine are on the edge of the side
  11. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    For a second I thought rite aid made it.


    Why even paint the roof to begin with?
  12. Category 5 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    I have both the glossy and matte version of that paint marker. I use it to keep my cameras looking somewhat decent since I bang the crap out of them in use. I think sharpie will be a better match for the anodized black back on the iphone though. I'd try it first. The opaque paint may stand out as much as the knicks themselves.
  13. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    I have 2 on the band around the phone - showing aluminum.


    Sharpie simply wipes off, and is a horrible match.
  14. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    It's not fixable if your anodizing coating is defective to begin with.
  15. ccontreras macrumors member


    Dec 31, 2007
    Miami, FL
  16. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    Wrong on both points. Sharpie is permanent and it's a decent match.
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Sharpie is only permanent when used on a suface it can bond with.
  18. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Um dude.. ive used a sharpie 5 times. It doesnt stick.
  19. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008

    I actually think someone will do some pretty sweet engraving on the back of the black iPhone.
  20. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    So, I ended up selling my black iPhone five and instead I purchased a white one. Unfortunately I just noticed that this one has a kind of deep scratch in the chrome on the side of the iPhone (on the very shiny metal, right on the edge). How would you guys treat this? I don't think I wanna return it cause it'll take too long to get a replacement
  21. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    Bump. Anyone actually tried the Birchwood Casey pen yet?
  22. bobpenn macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2012
    I just used a medium black Sharpie. It covered the silver color perfectly and blends in with the painted black color.
  23. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    Any suggestions for what you can do with scratches in the chrome edge on the side of the white iPhone 5?

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