For every piece of useful information on the internet, there seem to be three or four pieces that are dubious at best and dangerous at worst. This is certainly the case with iPhone screen repairs. It is one of our core repair services but if you were to believe everything you read on the internet, you would be convinced you could do it yourself using one of several outlandish or risky methods. The fact is, screen repairs are best left to certified technicians who use genuine parts. Doing it any other way is doomed to failure.
A recent article we’ve read backs up what we’re saying. The article put to the test several methods to fix a scratched screen on an iPhone. Those methods were straight off the internet and had been largely accepted to be sure-fire ways to resolve the issue. The article found that was anything but the case.
For example, someone suggested that very fine sandpaper could be used to sand back the original scratch. In reality, all that did was to create even more scratches and remove the oleophobic coating which provides a fair degree of smudge resistance on a touch screen. So, the end result was a scratch-ridden, blurry, finger-marked screen that looked even worse than before.
Then there was the glass buffing method using water mixed with cerium oxide which is a high-quality polishing compound. This was another “helpful tip” from the ‘net but anything where water and electronics come into contact is destined for disaster and this was certainly the case here.
Turtle Wax and other auto polishing agents are also talked up as being good for scratches on phone screens. But what is forgotten here is these products are made for metal and paint and not for glass screens. While they might work well on cars, they can completely strip the oleophobic coating from the screen, and this just leaves that smudged and greasy appearance all over the display, making it virtually unreadable.
And finally, there’s even a piece of advice that suggests olive oil will “fill” the scratch and make the screen nice and smooth again. This theory is too bizarre to even consider as plausible, but it’s on the internet and, incredibly, people will try it.
The moral of our story? Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, particularly when it comes to technical advice regarding repairs on your computers or phones. Some advice might sound quite reasonable and plausible but there’s only one way to ensure your device is restored in the best way possible. That is to contact an authorised service centre like ours and have it looked after by people who know what they’re doing and the very best way to do it.