Scratches on Apple Watch Sport Screen

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  1. Neo1975 macrumors 6502

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    Hey all.

    I will very soon be attempting to remove some scratches from my watch screen. Using this from eBay and a Dremmel.

    Anyone one tried this ?
     

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  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I don't think that's going to be successful, but nor can I predict the side effects once you use that product. Unfortunately, once the display is scratched, there really is no likely cure to remove them. It's at your risk, but I wouldn't do it personally.
     
  4. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a

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    The screens on the aluminum models are very prone to scratches. Huge part of the reason I prefer stainless.
     
  5. Neo1975 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It will be fine. Very fine abrasive compound, it works on Saphire and crystal glass, so why won’t it work ?

    Very soft felt pad on a Dremmel. Just polishing really. I will try a normal glass faced watch first, and then give it a go.

    Polishing scratches out of glass is fairly straightforward.

     
  6. deadworlds macrumors 65816

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    You’ll probably end up removing the oliopathic coating on the glass during this process.
     
  7. Neo1975 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Never mind. It’s invisible anyway.
     
  8. se95dah macrumors member

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    True, but a touchscreen without that coating feels awful to touch and swipe
     
  9. Neo1975 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does it. I wonder if you can reapply it ?
     
  10. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    No it cannot be reapplied.

    The reason why that works on crystal/sapphire glass is because its much stronger and is scratch resistant. Ion-X is not scratch resistant, but shatter resistant. Therefore, you are more likely to do more damage on a sport watch than actually fixing it.
     
  11. Neo1975 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I hear you man, but if nobody tries you will never know. Let’s say I successfully remove all the scratches and fail to notice any coating removal. I guess quite a few people with scratched screens will be interested in how to do it.

    He who dares !
     
  12. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    You will notice the coating removal. My GF scratched her S0 pretty badly, so we did the toothpaste trick to remove the coating entirely to reduce the noticeability of the scratch. The screen was terrible without the coating. Fingerprints were impossible to get rid of and it was extremely tacky. Removing the coating is the worst thing you can do. We ended up using AC+ to get a replacement for $69. Leaving the scratch would have been much better. But we knew we had the AC+ to try.
     
  13. Neo1975 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So the toothpaste removed the coating ? I don’t have AppleCare unfortunately. I could live with the scratches I guess. Or try a plastic screen protector ?
     
  14. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    Yes, toothpaste removed the coating entirely.

    Being that you don't have AC+ then you definitely should not risk trying to fix minor scratches. You really should just let it be. Screen protectors are kind of poor because they are tacky and peel around the edges. I used them for about a year on my S0 and couldn't take it anymore. Wearing a jacket would catch on the edge and peel the screen protector off.
     
  15. rstark18 macrumors 6502a

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    Take pics before and after. I'm doubtful. Curious but doubtful.
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    What you should do, is post before-and-after pictures of your project for everyone else to see. Because I would be interested in seeing how badly the display is scratched and how confident you are that this will be removing the scratches.
     
  17. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    So how many scratches are we talking? Here's my S0 SG Sport preorder, had it on since June 2015 when it arrived. It's seen its fair share of concrete, brick walls, dirt and mud, power washers, etc. I think it's held up alright but the glass does have a good amount of scratches, but has never shattered and the battery is still fine too.

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    Yes there is a small crack on the top there...

    I'd be interested in removing them of course, but not making it worse than it already is. With the screen on they're hardly noticeable. And the coating is still present from what I can tell.
     
  18. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    Jeeze. What did you do to it? My S0 watch had a couple nicks around the edges and a couple tiny scratches on the display, but nothing in comparison to that.
     
  19. Neo1975 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not as bad as yours. I will try to take some photos later. I am just a bit OCD about stuff like that.

    If anybody has a broken or damaged watch they would donate in the interests of the experiment, let me know.
     
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  21. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    Its not the same as the original. I have used similar stuff in the past on displays. It doesn't work nearly as well and constantly needs to be re-applied. And the application takes hours to cure.
     
  22. Neo1975 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Kind of looks worse than it is. With the screen on, the scratches are not nearly as noticeable. I might try a screen protector film first.
     

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  23. yang88she macrumors regular

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    wow, some of the pictures in here make me cringe, I've always used the same speck case on all 3 aluminum watches (s0 sport, s2 nike, now s3 nike LTE) and never took off my watch but to charge over night: bathing the kids, beach trips, weight training, out door runs, being out doors for work, being around 20-30 toddlers messing with my watch every week, and I have never (knock on wood) had a scratch on any of my watches.

    yikes, I don't try to protect my watch arm from hitting anything as that's why I love the sport watch so much, since it is so light that I don't even notice that I am wearing it.
     
  24. Neo1975 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I’m in a quandary. I did a deal with a friend for his Series 2, the one in the photo. He scratched it not me. So it didn’t really cost me anything. I have a mint condition Series 1, recently replaced by Apple via watch insurance I had.

    Do I put up with the scratches, with screen on the are not that noticeable, and keep the 2. Or, do I sell the 2 and keep the 1 ? I don’t run often but keeping the 2, may encourage me to go more as I can run with just the watch and my AirPods.

    I don’t really see much improvement on screen brightness, speed, or battery life. And I don’t swim much at all.

    I am tempted to buy a replacement watch screen from eBay and scratch it to see if I can polish scratches out successfully. They are about £15. Yes, I am a bit sad.
     
  25. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a

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    That’s very normal wear for an aluminum watch. Try an Armorshield protector on amazon. I don’t have my aluminum watch anymore, but when I did and I got some scratches on it, the armorshield covered them perfectly. If applied correctly, you shouldn’t even be able to notice it. Check out this photo from before I sold mine.
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