Resolved Scratches on watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by rpearlberg, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. rpearlberg macrumors 6502a

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    after 6 months I noticed my first visible scratch. Funny part is that I just bought my wife an Apple Watch and told her she didn't need a cover because mine hadn't scratched yet.

    Is there anything I can do about the scratches or just learn to live with them??
     

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  2. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Unfortunately, if the display is scratched, it's permanent. Also, if the aluminum is scratched, it's also permanent. You can still purchase a screen protector which might hide the scratch depending on the severity and location of it, but will also help prevent future scratches as well. It's part of owning a Watch, scratches are inevitable.
     
  3. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    For the aluminum, try a little Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black metal finish. You can find it online or at a local gun shop. It's purpose is to touch up scratched and marred aluminum finishes on gun parts, but I have used it to touch up aluminum panniers on my motorcycle. It likely won't be a perfect match, put should lesson it. I haven't tried it on the space gray, but I find it generally isn't quite as black as my panniers, more a dark gray, so it may work well. Just dab it along the scratch with a q-tip or a cotton swab, wipe away the excess, leaving it in the scratch for awhile.
     
  4. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. It's on the glass...
     
  5. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    That one there isn't much you can do about other than put a film over and/or live it it I am afraid
     
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    Seems to be on the curved part of the screen which the screen protectors do not cover well. Just try to ignore it.
     
  7. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it's the curved part, so it wouldn't have helped...
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    The downside with the Ion-X Glass is once scratched, I have not heard of a way to remove the scratch as of yet. It's very similar to the iPhone display. It also depends how deep the scratch is. The oleophobic coating also can help prevent minor scratches. There likely won't be a remedy in this situation.
     
  9. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    From what I understand the iPhone 6 and 6s use that same IonX glass of the watch. iPhone 7 I am not sure about. The camera lens covers are sapphire. But yeah, not much you can do with it once scratched.

    Some of that Cerium Oxide Glass polish might work, but it also might make it look worse. Not sure it would be worth the risk to find out
     
  10. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I believe you're correct about the Ion- X glass is the same material for the 6/6S.

    When I first owned the Apple Watch Sport when it released, I was fairly careful with it. One day I was working in my garage and the Apple Watch brushed up against my grill with the cover on it. The display barely touched the grill cover and I thought nothing of it. Later on I looked at the display of the watch and I saw a scratch that went approximately half the length of the display. It wasn't a deep scratch, but I certainly could not remove it. I ended up selling the Sport model, then transitioned over to the stainless with the Sapphire display and still have zero scratches on the display until this day.

    Perhaps the angle, the material, amount of force caused the display to scratch on the Sport model, where as some who own the Sport model have been surprisingly content with how their display has not scratched at all. So I guess its just a matter of how it happens. But I'm not a big fan of screen protectors either.
     
  11. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    I have a Gen 1 sport model. It has actually held up pretty well, considering I have never had a screen protector or any kind of protective case on it. It has a small scuff on the lower edge of the the display, where I banged it on the frame of my motorcycle while working on it, but honestly after I hit it, I was really afraid I had broken the glass. There is also a couple of tiny knicks in the aluminum. Not bad considering the watch is basically lived in. I don't take it off for work or play.

    I recently replaced it with a SBSS. I expect the saphire crystal will hold up better than the Ion-X for scratch resistance, but considering I pretty much have none on the Gen 1, will it hold up better overall? I am not sure.

    Saphire, while more scratch resistant, is also less impact ressitant. It will shatter, where Ion-X has some give. I do wonder if the same hit I had on the Ion-X would have in fact broken the saphire on my Series 2? I don't plan to try to re-create the test to find out :)

    I am sure most have seen comparison videos of this nature. I will be interested to see how the saphire holds up over the next 18 months vs how the Ion-X help up over the past 18 months :)
     
  12. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    Not scratches, just signs you've enjoyed it!
     
  13. LaurieAnn, May 5, 2017
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    LaurieAnn macrumors regular

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    My scratch is a lot worse. I applied an ArmorSuit shield afterwards and it hid the scratch pretty well. Plus it's protected now.

    Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 7.41.42 PM.png
     
  14. Relentless Power, May 5, 2017
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    Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    That screen protector surprisingly concealed the scratch fairly well. Especially for how noticeable it is from your picture. Definitely something I would recommend in the future using ArmorSuit for A brand.
     

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