How to remove scratches from your iPod

Or at least: how to remove some scratches from your iPod.

I have never bothered to protect my iPod with loads of covers and stuff. I have the device because I want to use it and it is just too much of a hassle if I have to remove covers and stuff from the iPod every time I want to dock it in the car or at home.

So it ends up with a lot of scratches. No big deal. They’re very visible in certain kinds of light but not really a problem when using the iPod. Still, when I found a product called Displex Display Polish in my local gadget store I just had to try it out on my seriously damaged iPod.

The process is simple. Cover the parts that you don’t want to polish. Add some white polishing paste and start polishing.

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Start with an old iPod. Add tape to the part that you don’t want to polish.

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Mark the tape with the details.

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Remove the tape and trim it.

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Add the tape in the right place.

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Now add some polish and start the hard work. You actually need to do some work here. Polish, add more, polish some more etc.. I guess the end result is pretty dependent on the work you do here.

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After finishing you clean the surface with a soft cloth and enjoy the result.

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As you can see. The stuff did not remove all scratches, but my iPod is absolutely better! If I spent the evening polishing I guess I would get an even better result. You can get the display polish on Amazon, or if you happen to live in Norway your best friend would (as always) be Clas Ohlson.

How to remove scratches from your iPod

8 thoughts on “How to remove scratches from your iPod

  1. Heh? I remember back in 2001. Or 2002? I actually WON an iPod – the original 5 GB iPod (which btw still works, with the original battery). I had seen in on and just about every gadget site there is a few weeks before.

    Then I went to a conference in Oslo, where all attendees were told to rate the exhibition and the speakers on a sheet of paper. Must have been 300-400 people doing that. And I won. Wow.

    So I bring this shiny new object home, fill it up with my faves, and start using it.

    Some days later: A scratch on the display! Crisis!!!

    I show it to Mr. Solheim, who replies something like this:

    “What? A single scratch? No worries. Grab something sharp and add 40 more. Your gadgets should look like someone has used them.”

    Out of sharp objects, Eirik? ;-)

  2. I have never bothered to protect my iPod with loads of covers and stuff. I have the device because I want to use it

    Okay. There is a bit of a contradiction in this quote and the whole article itself. But hey, a bit of maintenance is always good?

  3. Lasse Elden says:

    Stopped by at Elkjøp (norwegian computer etc store) and they sold a thin plastic tape/cover to support the iPod from getting scratches. Did not see the price though!

    They also sold smal bags, similar to those for mobil phones, as well!

  4. sunny says:

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  5. Joe Thomas says:

    I had really good luck with idrops. It took the scratches out of my ipod and iphone. best $15 I ever spent!

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