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How to Get Scratches out of Smartwatch (Apple, Samsung, Garmin, and Fitbit)

Spotting scratches on the surface of your smartwatch face can sometimes be so annoying. The good thing is we can fix scratches on a majority of the smartwatch faces.

There are various methods we can use to get the scratches out. But first, find out what type of crystal your smartwatch screen uses.

Identifying the crystal type your watch uses helps you choose the right polish and you get to buff scratches out in no time.

Consider replacing the watch crystal if the scratch is too deep or cracked. Here are how you can use to remove scratches from your smartwatch screen:

Method 1: Use Polish

What you need – A soft cloth and polish (toothpaste, Polywatch paste, or Brasso polish)

Choose a polish, apply it to the watch face, and rub gently. In case the watch face on your watch is plastic (acrylic crystal) consider using toothpaste that is not too grainy.

That’s because screens made of acrylic crystals are too light and the grains could end up making more scratches instead of reducing.

Smartwatches like Samsung, Fitbit, and Apple come with mineral crystal screens that can use any polish since they are scratchproof.

Method 2: Rubbing Scratches off the Surface

We can get rid of scratching by rubbing the polish on the surface at gentle pressure, what you need – Painter’s tape, polish, and cloth.

This method will remove/repair scratches on Samsung watches, Garmin watches, Rolex watches, Apple watches, Fitbit watches, etc. You need to:

  • Remove the bands (if removable)
  • Mask the smartwatch with tape leaving the screen.
  • Apply polish to the surface of the smartwatch.
  • Use the cloth to buff out the scratches off the watch crystal.
  • A deeply scratched watch face is hard to fix, consider replacing the screen.

How to Fix Scratches on Apple Watch – Getting Rid of Scratches on Apple Watch Using the Nail Polish Method!

Unfortunately, you cannot repair scratches on Apple watches like the Apple Watch 7, Apple Watch 3, Apple Watch 6, etc.

But as luck would have it, we have a method that can not only out scratches out Apple’s screen but Garmin, Samsung, and Fitbit as well. Here is how you will use the method to get rid of scratches on the Apple watch screen:

What you need – clear nail polish, scratch remover, a piece of soft cloth

  • Wipe the display with a clean soft cloth
  • Apply the colorless nail polish to the scratches
  • Keep layering the polish to your satisfaction
  • Let the polish harden (leave the watch for 30 to 60 minutes with the polish)
  • Apply  a little bit of scratch remover to the piece of cloth
  • Gently rub the display to remove excess polish
  • Repeat the process until you are satisfied the scratches on your Apple Watch are fixed.

What Causes Scratches on Your Smartwatch

The scratches on your smartwatch screen can have happened as a result of a number of things. For example, your watch can get scratched:

  1. When you fall on a sandy surface, attending to the gardening, or doing kitchen chores with the smartwatch on.
  2. If it is stored inappropriately. We mean, storing the watch in a drawer together with pair of scissors, coins, pins, blades, etc. can cause scratches. Find storage space that is specifically for the watch that way you get to prevent scratches.
  3. The other reason why your smartwatch has scratches is that a too-grainy polish was used. Grainy polishes are abrasive – they end up leaving minor scratches which are also not so appealing.

How to save Your Smartwatch from Scratches?

Luckily, there are a number of ways you can make your smartwatch scratch-free and save yourself from “scratch” annoyance.

  1. Do not keep the smartwatch together with hard or sharp objects. Hard or sharp objects can brush through the display and cause scratches.
  2. Avoid swaying your hands near walls. An accidental scratch from a wall can create a very deep scratch and worst of all crack which means replacing the entire screen.
  3. Cover the display with a screen protector. The use of a screen protector is the best solution to smartwatch scratch issues.

Also, Read – How to Power a Smartwatch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a screen protector be able to conceal scratches?

A screen protector will only protect your watch from scratches. That means it won’t hide the scratches especially if they are big. Tiny scratches can be out of site from view from afar.

How do I get rid of scratches on my Samsung watch?

You can scrub toothpaste with a soft-bristled brush to get rid of shallow scratches on your Samsung smartwatch.

Consider having the screen replaced if scratches are severer or the glass is broken. A cotton swab with nail polish could also be a great approach.

How do I Remove Scratches from My Fitbit?

You can only attend to shallow scratches on Fitbit. Fitbit watches are touchscreens and for that reason, you don’t want to go too deep into the screen because you may end up interfering with the screen’s sense of touch.

The best polishes you could use on Fitbit to make the scratches disappear are either Brasso polish, toothpaste, or Polywatch paste.

Apply small amounts of paste and scrub using a soft cloth. Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the result you have achieved.

Does WD 40 Remove Scratches from Glass?

WD 40 is known to work well on wood scratches and metals. WD 40 is so abrasive to glass. It may end up causing more harm than good.

And for that reason, we don’t encourage the use of WD 40 to remove scratches. Still to polishes like toothpaste, Brasso polish, Polywatch paste, etc. because they act best on shallow smartwatch scratches.

How to remove scratches from smartwatch glass?

We have a handful of ways of removing scratches from smartwatch glass. The majority of smartwatch users use toothpaste to remove shallow scratches on the watch. What you do is apply a pea-size polish on a soft cloth and gently buff out the scratches.

You can mix the paste with a mild cleaner like dish soap for a clean screen. Screens with deep scratches should be replaced because there’s no way they are buffed out.

What makes toothpaste so effective at removing scratches?

Even toothpaste with no grains has little quantities of abrasive materials which are great for uniformly removing layers of scratches from the screen leaving the surface smooth.

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