scratches on the back

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by impulse462, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. impulse462 macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    I may realize that I might be too late but i'll ask anyway.

    After a series of very long events that are too complicated to explain here, my phone basically fell 5 feet onto the sidewalk.

    The screen is not damaged in anyway, however the back looks like its been through a warzone. There are a MILLION tiny scratches. They all actually feel like little dents in the back of the iphones plastic.

    Is there anyway I can get rid of or "hide" these scratch marks, they're really bugging me...(and yes i've gotten a case now).
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    There is no way to make your naked phone look like new save replacing the back (expensive and difficult). Your solution (a case) is best.
  3. impulse462 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    ah well I expected that.

    I guess i'm just happy the front is completely scratchless and the phone works fine :/
  4. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    If it were me, I'd try sanding the back down with a super-fine (1500 grit) sandpaper. It couldn't hurt, right? ;)
  5. impulse462 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    What exactly would that do? just smoothen everything out? im taking a guess as the only way to hide the scratch marks is to get a case?
  6. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    It would be like buffing out scratches on a car finish to make it look better. Just don't remove too much material and weaken the integrity of the phone back.
  7. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2009
    Here are some options:

    1. Buff it out with 1500-2000 grit sandpaper.
    2. Put a case over it.
    3. Apply an iPhone skin to cover it up.
    4. Buy a brand new iPhone.
    5. Deal with it.
  8. ToddJ macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    How can I get rid of scratches from the back of my 3G?

    I recently just exchanged my iPhone 3G for a "new" one (probably a refurb.) The back was perfect, however, in the last couple of days, it has been getting nicks left and right (most of them seem to be caused by the cases I have been using.) So i was wondering is there any way to buff these out before I buy an InvisibleShield type of film for the back?
  9. miggitymac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    One option that wasn't on that linked post...

    Radtech's Ice Creme (yes, it's Ice Creme and not Ice Cream).

    I think it's for deep nicks and scratches and not small ones though.

    Search on YouTube for reviews.
  10. Sputnik 1 macrumors newbie

    Sputnik 1

    Apr 15, 2008
    London Eastside, left of centre
    buff phone

    1 x Dremel mini-multi drill
    1 x red buffing wax
    10 x 1 minute
    1 x elbow grease
    = Shiny new buff(ed) phone

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