While the Apple iPod is a sleek and well designed MP3 player, over time the casing can develop many micro scratches on the surface. These scratches can develop on the back casing, the front and side casing, and the screen. It is important to note that this repair guide is not for iPod Touch or iPhones. This removing scratches from iPods guide is only for iPods with click wheels and non-touch screens.
Prepare the iPod for repair by removing any protective case or screen cover. Wipe down the entire iPod with a soft microfiber cloth. Carefully inspect the iPod for scratches and note the location of the scratches. You can also use soft lint-free cloths but paper towels and other cloths are not recommended.
Next you will want to get some Brasso which is a mild but slightly abrasive liquid cleaner. Apply a small amount of Brasso to the clean micro fiber or lint free cloth.
After application rub the Brasso coated cloth gently over the scratches in small circular and sideways buffing motions. You need to vary the hand motions so as not to cause streaking and swirling on the surface. You may need to lightly buff over some scratches multiple times. Note that this might diminish or remove some engravings such as the Apple logo, personal engraving, and other text on the back of the iPod.
You can also lightly buff the screen to remove scratches, but remember not to do this on touch screen iPod Touch or iPhone. Avoid getting the Brasso solution on the clickwheel and do not rub the clickwheel at all.
After you have lightly buffed out some of the iPod screen scratches and iPod casing scratches you will want to wipe down the entire iPod with a clean micro fiber cloth. Do not be alarmed if a white filmly like layer appears on the iPod, this is normal for Brasso to do to surfaces. Simply wipe down the iPod with a clean cloth once again.
After you are finished you should have an iPod that has less scratches. While deep scratches might not be fully removed they can be reduced through gentle buffing. Note that this will not remove scratches from the iPod touch screen or iPhone touch screen and could actually damage the screen. It will help repair screen scratches on other iPods and the casing of all iPhones and iPods.
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