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Anonymous
May 28, 2004 3:09:39 AM

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Hello! I unfortunately have gotten 2 small scratches on my Dell 17"
flat panel. Dell says they can't do anything to repair it... does
anyone know a way to fix it?

I was thinking that the solution used to repair scratches on DVDs and
CDs may work, but....

Any ideas?

Thanks!
-Todd
Anonymous
May 28, 2004 7:54:20 PM

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Unfortunately, I thought this would be the answer...

Thanks anyways!

/looks over the Dell site at the 20" ultrasharps....
May 28, 2004 8:48:47 PM

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once scratched there is little you can do to repair an lcd screen
<googlegroup@mollystongue.com> wrote in message
news:c8d176ed.0405272209.29c8cbe7@posting.google.com...
> Hello! I unfortunately have gotten 2 small scratches on my Dell 17"
> flat panel. Dell says they can't do anything to repair it... does
> anyone know a way to fix it?
>
> I was thinking that the solution used to repair scratches on DVDs and
> CDs may work, but....
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thanks!
> -Todd
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Anonymous
May 28, 2004 9:37:01 PM

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It's just like BigJIm says. Moreover, the glass covering the LCD panel is
mighty thin, so you're best off leaving it alone.

Rocky

"BigJIm" <woody10277@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> once scratched there is little you can do to repair an lcd screen
> <googlegroup@mollystongue.com> wrote in message
> news:c8d176ed.0405272209.29c8cbe7@posting.google.com...
> > Hello! I unfortunately have gotten 2 small scratches on my Dell 17"
> > flat panel. Dell says they can't do anything to repair it... does
> > anyone know a way to fix it?
> >
> > I was thinking that the solution used to repair scratches on DVDs and
> > CDs may work, but....
> >
> > Any ideas?
> >
> > Thanks!
> > -Todd
>
>
Anonymous
May 29, 2004 4:22:31 AM

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If I were in your situation, I would bring the monitor to a place that
specializes in making repairs to fancy china (as in dinnerware). Choose a
shop that people trust with their priceless family heirlooms. That's the
kind of place that has the skills you need.

Of course, you could also ask the manufacturer for advice.

Rocky

<googlegroup@mollystongue.com> wrote in message
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> Unfortunately, I thought this would be the answer...
>
> Thanks anyways!
>
> /looks over the Dell site at the 20" ultrasharps....
Anonymous
May 29, 2004 8:44:17 PM

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On 27 May 2004 23:09:39 -0700
in message <c8d176ed.0405272209.29c8cbe7@posting.google.com>
googlegroup@mollystongue.com wrote:

>Hello! I unfortunately have gotten 2 small scratches on my Dell 17"
>flat panel. Dell says they can't do anything to repair it... does
>anyone know a way to fix it?
>
>I was thinking that the solution used to repair scratches on DVDs and
>CDs may work, but....

Hi Todd

Car windshield repair places use a clear epoxy of some sort to repair
chipped windshields. Perhaps the same epoxy could be used on the
monitor.
Anonymous
May 29, 2004 11:52:21 PM

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Scribbles@invalid.com wrote:
>
> On 27 May 2004 23:09:39 -0700
> in message <c8d176ed.0405272209.29c8cbe7@posting.google.com>
> googlegroup@mollystongue.com wrote:
>
> >Hello! I unfortunately have gotten 2 small scratches on my Dell 17"
> >flat panel. Dell says they can't do anything to repair it... does
> >anyone know a way to fix it?
> >
> >I was thinking that the solution used to repair scratches on DVDs and
> >CDs may work, but....
>
> Hi Todd
>
> Car windshield repair places use a clear epoxy of some sort to repair
> chipped windshields. Perhaps the same epoxy could be used on the
> monitor.

Most of those epoxies are too heavy (viscous) to fill a fine LCD scratch.

Larry
Anonymous
May 30, 2004 3:27:41 AM

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> > Car windshield repair places use a clear epoxy of some sort to repair
> > chipped windshields. Perhaps the same epoxy could be used on the
> > monitor.
> Most of those epoxies are too heavy (viscous) to fill a fine LCD scratch.

Jewellers rouge ?

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Anonymous
May 30, 2004 5:51:44 PM

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Perhaps the original poster can check the following link:

http://www.cyberbrands.com/pub/scratchbgone.html

It's a site selling stuff to repair scratches on eyeglasses, etc.

Who knows? Maybe it'll help.

--
David Nimon
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"Lawrence Glasser" <lglasser@spamcop.net> wrote in message
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> Scribbles@invalid.com wrote:
> >
> > On 27 May 2004 23:09:39 -0700
> > in message <c8d176ed.0405272209.29c8cbe7@posting.google.com>
> > googlegroup@mollystongue.com wrote:
> >
> > >Hello! I unfortunately have gotten 2 small scratches on my Dell 17"
> > >flat panel. Dell says they can't do anything to repair it... does
> > >anyone know a way to fix it?
> > >
> > >I was thinking that the solution used to repair scratches on DVDs and
> > >CDs may work, but....
> >
> > Hi Todd
> >
> > Car windshield repair places use a clear epoxy of some sort to repair
> > chipped windshields. Perhaps the same epoxy could be used on the
> > monitor.
>
> Most of those epoxies are too heavy (viscous) to fill a fine LCD scratch.
>
> Larry
Anonymous
May 31, 2004 5:43:45 PM

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Novus plastic polish?

It does wonders getting light scratches and marks out of plastic and glass,
but I don't know if I'd go that far...

You could also try putting a little bit of toothpaste on a clean cotton
cloth and rubbing very... very lightly. If the scratches are light enough
they may come out or at least lighten up, but I certainly wouldn't rub too
long or hard.

<googlegroup@mollystongue.com> wrote in message
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> Hello! I unfortunately have gotten 2 small scratches on my Dell 17"
> flat panel. Dell says they can't do anything to repair it... does
> anyone know a way to fix it?
Anonymous
June 1, 2004 8:48:35 PM

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In article <c8d176ed.0405272209.29c8cbe7@posting.google.com>,
googlegroup@mollystongue.com (googlegroup@mollystongue.com) says...

> I was thinking that the solution used to repair scratches on DVDs and
> CDs may work, but....

Good bet. There is also a canopy cleaner used on helicopters and other
aircraft that doesn't really do anything to the plastic, it just fills
the scratches with a compound with a very similar index of refraction.
That's your best bet.

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Anonymous
June 1, 2004 8:48:36 PM

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"Larry Caldwell" <larryc@teleport.com> wrote in message
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> In article <c8d176ed.0405272209.29c8cbe7@posting.google.com>,
> googlegroup@mollystongue.com (googlegroup@mollystongue.com) says...
>
> > I was thinking that the solution used to repair scratches on DVDs and
> > CDs may work, but....
>
> Good bet. There is also a canopy cleaner used on helicopters and other
> aircraft that doesn't really do anything to the plastic, it just fills
> the scratches with a compound with a very similar index of refraction.
> That's your best bet.
>
> --
> http://home.teleport.com/~larryc

The problem with all of these well intended ideas is that the surface of the
plastic front screen
(yes, plastic, not glass) has a "regular roughening" on it for purposes of
glare reduction. All of the
polishing methods may "smooth out" the scratch, but will also smooth out the
glare reduction
treatment wherever it is rubbed, resulting in a worse situation than before.

That surface is an integral part of the panel assembly, and could only be
replaced by someone
skilled in (and authorized for) panel repair - that's why the answer from
Dell. The panel could
be replaced, but the aftermarket cost of that is likely more than the
monitor originally cost.

Sorry,
NGA
Anonymous
June 5, 2004 10:22:49 AM

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>Hello! I unfortunately have gotten 2 small scratches on my Dell 17"
>flat panel.


Before you try any of these expensive or labor intensive ideas, try this.

Armour All that old car dashboard spray. Put a small amount in a bottle cap and
get the smallest artist brush you have. Try to fill the scratch with out
touching the rest of the screen. After a couple of hours, buff gently with a
soft cloth.

If it doesn't work and you get a smudge on the screen no big deal. Armour All
will disapear after a couple of weeks. If it does work, you repeat the process
every two or three weeks.

"Anything that doesn't kill you,,,,,,,just hurts a hell of a lot" JLP20
!