Using screen protector to hide existing micro scratches?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Shikaka, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Shikaka macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    Has anyone put a screen protector on a used iPhone that already has micro scratches and worn oleophobic coating? How well will a screen protector hide these flaws? Did you have any issues with the installation?
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    The protector will get the same types of scratches and be difficult to tell the difference anyway.

    The more transparent the protector, the less likely it'll hide blemishes that are already there.

    Phones are tools. Imperfections happen. Tools get used and have evidence of being used.
  3. mrex macrumors 68030


    Jul 16, 2014
    because of the behaviour of the light and how it goes through and reflects from the surfaces on differend mediums, you cant hide scratches by "coating" them with a protector. you should fill them at first. you will see those scratches in a certain angle of the light, visible - more visible - not visible... same way as you can see them right now too.
  4. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2008
    I believe it may be worth a try, if they're strictly minor surface scratches only seen at certain angles in lighting.

    The protector's surface is going to serve as the new reflection source, an the adhesive and glass layers will mitigate the impact of any existing scratches.

    Playing around with a busted protector, the adhesive seems like it could have some healing-like properties and "fill-in" the scratches. These things are far from optical grade anyway, and do serve to reduce transmittance.

    Worst case scenario, you're out a few bucks, but still gain protection from any new scratches, and a fresh fingerprint coating to use.
  5. tomi03 macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2015
    Genève. Suisse
    It works, it worked for my cousin and it will work for you
  6. Shikaka thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    I've been going without screen protection since my last post. I haven't really checked, but I don't think there are any scratches.

    One thing I did notice is that Apple's oleophobic coating on the 6S Plus is AMAZING! I haven't had to clean the screen once. I hope it lasts.

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