My First Scratch (Sport)

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by TypeMRT, May 15, 2015.

  1. TypeMRT macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    I wish I had a cool or exciting story but I'm pretty sure I got this scratch by accidentally swinging my arm into the granite countertop in my kitchen. The Apple Store says it's cosmetic damage so I'd have to pay and the repair would be done off-site.
    Not sure if the sapphire screen would have done any better. I'd already planned to get a rugged case for camping and outdoor activity so it's not like I would have been using the case in the house.
    Oh well, it's not new anymore :(

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  2. techno-Zen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2015
    Gilbert, AZ
    Rub a small amount of toothpaste on it in circles for a couple of mins, let dry then buff out the dried tooth paste with a t-shirt. Rinse and you shouldn't be able to even see that.
  3. jds4300 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
    $350 down the drain:)
  4. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    As above, just looks like the coating.

    Either toothpaste (plain white), of some plastic watch scratch repairer (about $3 off Amazon) will do the trick.

    You'll lose the oleophobic coating around that area, but it's better than a scratch.
  5. bgdrew macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2011
    Or you could pick up a screen protector and it'll most likely cover up the scratch.
  6. jds4300 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Same thing happened to my neighbors. She fixed hers perfectly this way.
    1. Buy 1500 grit sandpaper. It's extra fine.
    2. Soak sandpaper 5 minutes.
    3. Rapidly buff the watch for 3-5 minutes. Repeat procedure once.
    Towel dry. The watch will be like new.
  7. 01silver4 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2014
    Yes the sapphire screen would have done better.
  8. PegasusTenma macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2014
    That genuinely sounds like the scariest idea for a screen.
  9. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    It would have.
  10. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    I would STRONGLY recommend against this!1500 grit is NOT that fine (I have 4000 and 8000 at home, which I use on aluminum - not even glass). The glass WILL be messed up if you do this.
  11. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I think the technique you're thinking of applies to the stainless steel case.
  12. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    When I got my first scratch on my Pebble watch I put a screen protector on it to see what effect it would have on the scratch. You could hardly see it, even I, who knew where it was, had to sometimes look very close to find it.

    It's something you might want to try even before the toothpaste.
  13. jds4300, May 15, 2015
    Last edited: May 15, 2015

    jds4300 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
    My neighbor did this very successfully on her Apple Watch Sport. I checked again with her. She used 1500 grit sand paper soaked in water for 5 minutes. It removed the scratches from her screen and aluminum case. Her watch looks great. She repeated the procedure not one, but twice. Buffed 3-5 minutes each time. Towel dry, then VOILA! Her Apple Watch Sport was back in mint condition! LOOKS GREAT!

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