LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screens are known for their clarity, good picture quality, and energy-efficiency. This is the reason they are widely used in almost all the devices, such as computers, TV, mobile phones, etc. These screens are very delicate and must be handled with care. But, no matter how many precautions you take, they are bound to get scratched. These scratches cannot be removed or fixed completely, but can be made less apparent with the help of some simple but effective methods.
Before any fixation, check the LCD’s warranty period. If you are under the warranty, then you will get a free repairing service from the company. In case the scratch is deep and long, then it is better to get it repaired from a professional.
Different Ways to Fix a Scratch on an LCD TV
You cannot fix the scratches completely on an LCD TV but you can camouflage them for a pretty good period. Following are some of the methods that you can follow to get the scratches fixed.
★ Petroleum Jelly Method
- Clean microfiber cloth
- Petroleum Jelly
Method: Clean the surface with the help of water and cloth. Let it dry for sometime. Now take about 1 tsp. petroleum jelly and fill the scratches. Once all the scratches are filled, take a clean cloth and gently wipe off the extra jelly. You will see that the scratches are lighter, if not completely invisible. You may have to reapply if it wears off.
Precaution: While wiping off the excess jelly, do not press too hard, as it might leave some traces of the jelly inside the scratch.
★ Pencil Eraser Method
- Clean microfiber cloth
Method: Clean the scratched area properly with the help of water and a clean cloth. Let the area dry. Now take a clean pencil eraser and start rubbing over the scratch lightly. Rub it along the direction of the scratch. Keep doing it till the scratch disappears.
Precaution: Get a clean eraser without any pencil graphite, as this graphite will smudge on the screen and make the scratch dirtier.
★ Isopropyl Alcohol Method
- 2 Clean microfiber cloth
- Cleaning solution (isopropyl alcohol and water)
Method: First of all, prepare a cleaning solution. Dilute 1 part isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol with 20 parts of water. Now clean the scratched area with a cotton cloth dabbed in water. Let it dry. Dip another cloth in the cleaning solution and work on the scratch, cleaning the area gently. Keep cleaning till the scratch disappears. Now take the swab which was dipped in water, and clean the alcohol from the screen. The cleaning solution helps remove the scratch by dissolving the anti-glare coating which fills the scratched area.
Precaution: If the solution starts smudging, then stop immediately. Do not use a strong alcohol. The strength of alcohol should not exceed more than 35%.
★ LCD Scratch Repair Kit
You can easily get LCD scratch repair kits in the market under different brand names. These kits are specially made to remove scratches from any LCD screen. These kits generally contain a polishing paste and microfiber cloth. This kit will have simple instructions which you can follow and get the scratch fixed.
How to Prevent Scratches on Your LCD Screen
By following simple precautionary steps, you can actually prevent your screen from getting any types of scratch.
- Do not use paper towels, tissue paper, or old cloth to clean the screen. Always use micro-fibber cloth for cleaning, as it does not harm the screen.
- Do not rub anything against the screen, like a dirty or wet cloth, or any other material that may damage the screen. Even while cleaning, do not apply more pressure.
- While cleaning the screen, check if there is any dirt on the cloth, that can harm the screen
- Use an LCD TV screen protector which will protect your screen from any scratches.
All the methods mentioned in this Buzzle article are helpful in fixing only small scratches. If the scratches are long and deep, then you either need to give it for repair, or get the LCD screen replaced. The best way to prevent scratches is to get an LCD screen protector, which will not only save your screen, but can also be easily replaced in case of damage.