Blame the dog. Blame the kids. Blame whomever you want, but your precious LCD screen will still be scratched. What now?
LCD screens (short for Liquid Crystal Display) are a common sight in homes and offices nowadays. We all know that these screens are delicate and must be handled with care. But get a little closer to that TV, computer monitor, or cell phone, and you might notice -- gasp! -- a scratch or two.
Unfortunately, you can't completely remove the scratch, but you can
camouflage it pretty effectively. Before you start, make sure the surface of the screen is clean; rub the LCD screen gently with a dry microfiber cloth
, which leaves no lint behind.
Note: DIY attempts to conceal a scratch on your LCD screen could void your warranty. Check your warranty first, and contact the gadget's manufacturer if necessary, to determine if it's worth a shot.
1. Petroleum Jelly or Baby Oil
This popular method involves dabbing a microfiber cloth with good old Vaseline, and rubbing it gently into the scratch. The petroleum jelly won't harm your screen; it'll just fill in the scratch and make it less noticeable. Same goes for baby oil
, but you might have more luck with petroleum jelly.
2. Displex scratch remover
This polishing paste is designed exclusively to conceal scratches in LCD screens. It even comes with a microfiber cloth. The manufacturer suggests using pressure for 2 to 3 minutes to "scrub out the scratch." (But we stand by our suggestion to not rub too hard!)
Deeper scratches or gouges on an LCD will, unfortunately, require a screen replacement
. Your best line of defense is offense; invest in an LCD screen protector
to avoid future scratches. The thin film adheres neatly to the screen and can be easily replaced.
** Got any solutions for fixing scratches in LCD screens? Have you tried any of the above methods? Let us know about your experience in the comments below! **