Toothpaste for iPhone 4 screen scratch?

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  1. DPM410 macrumors member

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    So I got a scratch on my iPhone 4 screen.. Ik I should have a screen protector but it's a long story... But anyway... It's VERY thin and u can't see it unless u look for it.. But it drives me nuts still.... Would toothpaste help? I heard from some that it makes it worse and from others that it works great... If I try it on my iPod 2g, will I get similar results on my iPhone? (are the screens the same?)
     
  2. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Toothpaste is an abrasive. It will only make it worse.
    You cannot polish/buff a scratch out of the screen without risking making it worse.
     
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  4. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Its kinda an old wifes tale !

    You could buy a better screen protector such as zagg, which would hide the scratch better, although you'll know its going to be always there.

    Look at it this way.

    Over time the phone will get some form of wear and tear.

    Best advice is ; let it go !
     
  5. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    NO!

    Tooth paste is WAY too abrasive.

    You would actually see an scored or fogged area where you tried to get rid of the scratch.

    You will only make it worst!
     
  6. motoleo macrumors 6502a

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    You don't want to put toothpaste on your phone. It's not a PS2 game.

    Once your phone is scratched, there's not much you can do. Except get a new one.

    Put a case over it to hide it, after about a week, it should calm you down.
     
  7. Phone Junky macrumors 6502

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    Stop looking for it. Forget about it.
     
  8. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a

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    I used to use Brasso polish and a Dremel to shine up my 1g nano, but that was plastic.

    Like others have said, I'd leave it be. Things get scratched, life goes on...
     
  9. MrRon macrumors regular

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    Toothpaste :eek:??? let me know whats the result if you really want to try... I would stay away from it
     
  10. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Toothpaste only works on the stainless steel frame on the size of the phone. For the screen, the only thing you can do is to hide it with a screen protector. The antiglare ones give a matte finish that can hide minor scratches.
     
  11. its93rc macrumors 6502

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    NO! Toothpaste is abrasive, so it will actually scrub and further scratch the oleophobic coating on the iPhone. I did this actually, and ended up with what I just mentioned (An iPhone with a screen with a huge oleophobic spot missing, a bunch of little scratches, and a sad face). ;)
     
  12. RIPstevejobs macrumors regular

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    whats wrong with a good scratch ? never understood this.
    i bet your scratch turns out to be very liberating.
     
  13. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Maybe you should stop looking for it
     
  14. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a

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    I used toothpaste and an old open reel tape recorder as a polishing mop in the 80's to clean up the face of a stopwatch. It worked wonders on that. It was plastic though.

    I have no experience in using it on glass so I would take the advice of others here and just leave it be.
     
  15. DPM410 thread starter macrumors member

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    ah i ruined my phone with toothpaste :O





    jk i didnt use it, thanks for all the replies
     
  16. Calidude macrumors 68000

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    I like how people won't use toothpaste on their phone screen but somehow their teeth are ok to use an abrasive on.

    Anyway, keep it away from both, OP.
     
  17. ann713 macrumors 6502a

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    Use a matte or mirror screen protector and maybe you'll forget about it.
     
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    Or act like a normal person and get on with your life.
     
  20. motoleo macrumors 6502a

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    Is that supposed to be irony? It's ok to put mild abrasive on your teeth. People do all sorts of things to them. Bleach, drill, fill, rinse, ...

    I'm a dental assistant. :D
     
  21. sosaysi macrumors newbie

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    I tried

    I tried using a bit of toothpaste on a minor scratch...

    I found that it did absolutely nothing. I don't think any coating is gone- is that something I would be able to see?
     
  22. xnickitynickx macrumors regular

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    Well. What would you like to use to remove stuck on plaque and bacteria? You're not repairing scratched teeth, you're scratching the crap off. :rolleyes:

    As for a phone, you wanna hide the scratch, not clean it.
     
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