How to Remove Scratches From Black Plastic

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic scratch remover or multi-purpose metal polish

  • Soft cloths

Whether it’s your iPod, mobile phone or computer, scratches on the black, plastic casing create unsightly blemishes. Remove scratches with either a plastic scratch remover or a multi-purpose metal polish. These products are mild solvents that are buffed onto a plastic surface to gently meld and heal scratches.


Step 1

Dust the black plastic with a soft cloth to remove any loose contaminants.

Step 2

Wipe the black plastic down with a soft cloth lightly dampened with rubbing alcohol to sanitize and to remove any grime.

Step 3

Apply a dab of the plastic scratch remover or metal polish to a soft cloth.

Step 4

Buff the scratched surface with the product, using back-and-forth and circular motions. Use gentle to medium pressure. Allow the product to dry on the surface, then wipe it away with a clean, soft cloth.

Step 5

Repeat the process, if necessary, to remove any remaining scratches.



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Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.