Different Ways to Fix Computer Screen or LCD TV Scratches
Blame your kids. Blame your cats and dogs. Blame everyone you think have laid their hands on your precious LCD screen, the scratch will remain there. So what now? Here at Dual Monitors Guide, we will teach you the best and cheapest DIY ways to effectively conceal or even fix computer monitor or LCD TV scratches.
LCD screens are widely used in offices and households today for computer display and TV sets. These screens show lovely images, with vivid colors and depth. But the picture quality has its price, as LCD screens are far more delicate and must be handled with extra care, compared to its CRT and black box style counterparts. Stand a little closer to your LCD screen and you may find a scratch or two.
You may not be able to completely remove all the scratches on your screen. But fortunately, there are many ways to conceal or camouflage them effectively. Before we jump right into the steps, make sure you clean your LCD screen with a microfiber cloth. Check out our post on how to clean your computer monitor and LCD TV here.
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As said earlier, there are different ways to fix a scratch from your LCD computer monitor or LCD TV. This entry will talk about the different ways to do it.
Check the Warranty
You may not need to do the fixing and concealing yourself if your appliance is still under its warranty period. Some brands can even get it replaced.
DIY tips to conceal and camouflage scratches on LCD screens could void your warranty. Thus, make sure you check your display’s warranty before making any DIY changes, and contact the manufacturer if necessary and ask if it’s worth a shot. Chances are they have a service shop in your area.
Different Ways to Conceal and/or Camouflage the Scratch
Before we get into the different DIY ways to conceal and camouflage the scratch on your LCD TV screen, it is important that you don’t mistake scratch from dirt, gunk, or resin, because you can easily remove these things through thorough cleaning. A scratch is a mark that leaves an ‘opening’ on your LCD’s surface.
Again, we can only remove small and light scratches on our LCD screens. You can remedy deep scratches with some concealing, but they can be difficult or impossible to remove. Thus, the best way to keep your display in good condition is to keep it scratch-free in the first place.
Before starting any scratch-fixing method, make sure you clean the surface of your LCD screen. Here are the different methods.
The Scratch Repair Kit Method
Let’s start with the simplest and hassle-free method. Computer stores, DIY supply stores and computer sections in your nearest department stores have all-in-one scratch repair kits for LCD monitors. You can use these kits for basically every LCD screen you have, be it LCD TV, desktop computer monitor, and even portable gadgets like laptops, tablets, smartphones and camera screens.
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The best part about scratch repair kits is that, they have everything you need, from cleaning the surface to removing the scratches. They also come in travel packs which you can bring anywhere with you.
DuraGadget LCD Cleaning Kit Includingfor example, is especially designed to conceal scratches on LCD screens. Package comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth. It has a special polishing paste that can be used for LCD screens of different devices and gadgets. Label says “scrub out the scratch”, but it will be wise not to scratch your screen too hard.
Make sure you do your homework and check online reviews to find the best scratch repair kits that best suit your device. Read the label and follow the instructions carefully.
The Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) Method
Baking soda is one of the best compounds in our kitchen that can be used in so many different purposes. In its raw form, baking soda acts like light sandpaper that will smoothen the scratched area of your LCD screen, be it a computer monitor or an LCD TV. By ‘sanding’ the scratched area, baking soda will ‘resurface’ the spot and make it look smooth again.
Put small amount baking soda directly on the scratched area of your screen. Then dampen your clean cloth with distilled water and then rub the baking soda on the screen gently and in circular motion.
The Toothpaste Method
Use your finger to apply toothpaste to the scratched spot on your screen’s surface. With a clean cloth, wipe the surface with slowly in circular motion. Then, remove the excess toothpaste using a separate clean cloth, this will feel sticky. Dampen the clean cloth with distilled water and rub the surface with toothpaste. Again, use circular motion and rub the surface gently. This method may not be able to conceal all minor scratches.
The best way to use this is to combine it with baking soda. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the scratched surface and then top it with some baking soda. Dampen your cloth with water and rub the area in circular motion. Then, dry the area with a separate clean cloth.
The Rubbing Compound and Lacquer Method
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Automotive rubbing compound are designed to fix scratches on car bodies, and have shown to be effective on fixing scratch problems on LCD TVs as well. Before you start though, make sure you cover the rest of your LCD screen with a piece of paper to avoid damaging the unscratched areas during the process.
Put a small amount of rubbing compound on a clean cloth, and then start applying it gently to the scratched surface. Cut some felt to use it for getting the rubbing compound inside the minute cracks. Continue rubbing the felt until the anti-glare coating on the screen is eventually removed.
Once done, get rid of the excess compound using a mixture of diluted isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Moisten a piece of clean smooth cloth and rub it on the surface. Finish off by spraying a little clear lacquer on the scratched area. Make sure you hold the spray bottle far enough just to get some mist of clear lacquer.
The Petroleum Jelly Method
Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the scratched part of your LCD screen using a cotton swab. Rub it gently into the scratched area to fill the cracks.
After filling the scratch, get another microfiber cloth to wipe off excess petroleum jelly. Make sure you leave enough to fill the scratched area though. This may not fully repair the scratch, but it’s a decent solution for temporary fix, and it can definitely help to make the tiny scratches look discrete and hard to see.
The Vaseline Method
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Take a little Vaseline and spread it the affected area to fill the cracks. Wipe off the excess Vaseline outside the scratched spots using a microfiber cloth. Make sure you don’t press too hard to leave some inside the scratches. Hypothetically, this option works as the optical density more closely matches the LCD face than air.
Note that Vaseline is just a temporary fix, and will eventually wear off, which means it requires re-application.
The Eraser Method
Did you know that as simple as a basic pencil eraser can do wonders for eliminating scratches on your LCD screen? To avoid leaving small smudges on your screen, make sure you use white pencil eraser. Rub it on the scratched surfaces gently and start erasing those scratches.
The Peanut Butter Method
This method is very good in concealing light scratches. Using a plastic knife or spatula, apply peanut butter on the scratched area. Then, use a clean cloth to spread the peanut butter in a light circular motion. Make sure you don’t press too hard, or you will risk breaking the layer of your liquid crystal display layer of your screen. This will leave a gloss surface. Clean the surface using a separate clean cloth to get the lustrous and shiny effect.
Here’s another easy way to fix simple scratches from your LCD monitor.
These are just some of the simple DIY ways to fix simple computer screen or LCD TV scratches. Unfortunately, deeper scratches and gouges can’t be fixed by DIY solutions. Your best option to get the best display is screen replacement. Also, keeping your screens clean is a good way to keep it in good condition. There are lots of cheap screen cleaning kits online. Windex multi-purpose glass cleaner for example, can be used for cleaning LCD screens, chassis, keyboards, and all external aspects of your device, be it a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, DSLR camera, etc. Combine a small amount of Windex glass cleaner with baking soda and for a great scratch concealer mixture.
Also, as said earlier, the best solution is to keep your screen scratch-free in the first place. Thus, an LCD screen protector is a great addition to avoid future scratches. This cheap and simple tool adheres nearly to your screen, and can be replaced easily.