Removing iPod Nano Scratches - A Photo Essay | January 21, 2006

Take one scratched iPod

and one can of Brasso

Apply Brasso in a circular motion

Remove Brasso with a clean cloth

Result: one scratch-free iPod Nano

Posted at January 21, 2006 6:32 PM


Simon Willison said on January 21, 2006 7:26 PM

How on earth does that work? Does the Brasso take a layer off the Nano or what?

James AkaXakA said on January 21, 2006 7:37 PM

Nice photo treatment!

Ben Ward said on January 21, 2006 7:42 PM

Oh that’s fantastic. I’ve had scratches on my 4G iPod screen for a while but never considered anything would shift it. I’ve used Silvo on the chrome with limited success in the past, but this looks well worth trying.

Thanks very much, Andy.

trovster said on January 21, 2006 11:15 PM

This is a well-known technique Ben. But some nice photos.

Dave said on January 21, 2006 11:40 PM

Fuck me! That’s like magic!

patrick h. lauke said on January 22, 2006 12:07 AM

might just be me, but…5 looks like it still has a few diagonal scratches. time to break out the heavy sander, methinks ;)

miss p. said on January 22, 2006 12:11 AM

Polish removes scratches! Film at 11!

I took mine to a jeweller’s and got my watch face polished at the same time. Dude only charged me $5.

What's My IP Address? said on January 22, 2006 6:16 AM

Well, I’ve always used toothpaste for tiny scratches on my specs - I had assumed that would work for screens like this too :)


Dustin Diaz said on January 22, 2006 7:54 AM

I don’t know whether or not to believe this. Has anyone else really tried this or is this just a cute photo essay…

Andy Budd said on January 22, 2006 11:32 AM

Hi Patrick, there are a few small scratches left, but they are hardly noticeable. The whopping big scratch has almost been completely removed which is fantastic.

Dustin, I can’t guarantee it will work for you, but it definitely worked for me.

trovster said on January 22, 2006 1:13 PM

Dustin: Like I mentioned, it’s a well known technqiue, check out this - another documentation of the Brasso fix though I don’t actually know the origins of this technique.

Alex Farran said on January 22, 2006 2:46 PM

Works for scratched DVDs sometimes too.

Jeremy Jarvis said on January 22, 2006 3:45 PM

It works because brasso (and other metal polishes) contain a mild abrasive. You’ll find the natural gloss of the plastic will fade if you overdo it with the polish.

You can also use toothpaste - works great.
Plus it tastes good ;)

Clifford said on January 23, 2006 5:37 PM

Does that mean if I ever run out of toothpaste on a sunday evening I can crack open the Brasso?

Gordon said on January 24, 2006 9:54 AM

See, if everyone just listened to me and about an ‘invisible shield’ (google it) you wouldn’t have any scratches!!

About $20 and comes with lifetime guarantee as well.

Clifford - I’d think no, judging from the smell, you don’t want “Brasso breath” LOL

Kenny Jameson said on January 29, 2006 11:31 PM

Are you kidding or did that really work out like the photos show. Let me polish my site the same way ?