So, you’ve just purchased your brand new laptop that cost over a thousand dollars and it has this really nice, machined aluminum chassis with a sleek finish.
The looks are why you chose this laptop over similar offerings from other brands but unfortunately, you dropped it and now the lid has a nasty scar.
What do you do? How to remove scratches from aluminum laptop? Well, we have just the remedy for your situation right here in this article.
And it is way cheaper than going to a laptop repair shop and getting the whole panel replaced. We also have solutions for people who scratched their plastic laptops. If you want to learn more, keep reading.
How To Remove Scratches From An Aluminum Laptop | Guide
The first thing you need is a microfiber cloth or similar lint-free cloth that won’t leave any residue on the surface you’re trying to wipe.
Then, you need a good quality metal polish. You can find metal polish at your local hardware store, or you can simply buy a bottle off Amazon.
Generally, this product is used to clean blemishes and surface-level scratches off cars, handles, nameplates, etc. to restore the surface and give it a shine. In this case, you can use the polish to reduce the visibility of the scratch on your aluminum laptop.
You’ll also find that car scratch remover or any general-purpose metal scratch remover works excellently on laptops.
Just apply it with a small sponge or microfiber cloth to the affected area, without pressing too hard and moving your fingers in a circular motion.
Some guides on the internet mention using toothpaste as it helps with surface-level scratches, but in our personal experience the results can vary from useless to mildly useful.
Toothpaste is slightly abrasive so it basically sands out the surrounding area so that the scratches are less prominent. Again, it only works with extremely shallow scratches. Try it out and see if it does anything since toothpaste is the cheapest and most readily available solution in any home.
Removing Scratches From A Plastic Laptop | Guide
The method is similar to removing scratches from an aluminum laptop, only this time you’re going to use plastic polish instead of metal polish.
You need to clean out the surface with some soap and water solution using a lint-free cloth and let it dry completely before applying the polish.
The toothpaste rub method also works, but to a better degree since plastic is softer than aluminum and it sands out easier.
If your plastic laptop has a silver metal finish, you can use a silver pen/ pencil to draw over the scratch which will do a good job of covering it up.
Are Laptop Skins Going To Prevent Scratches?
No, they don’t prevent scratches in the way you think they do. Instead, they soak up the damage and you can simply replace the scratched skin with a new one since it’s as easy as- peel off old skin, new skin on.
And if your laptop is already scratched, skins let you cover up the damage in a stylish way. Kind of like using a mask.
These days, laptop skins come in a variety of customizable designs and colors. You can go into the website and choose your own color, or even supply your own design that you created yourself. Or just buy a pack of skins off of Amazon, they are really cheap.
Some laptops like the Apple MacBook are supported by a wide range of quality skin makers, the most prominent being dbrand. You can get a matte finish on your laptop, make the lid look like a marble plate, and our personal favorites- wood grain finishes which tend to have a very calm and refined aesthetic.
Skins let your laptop stand out from the crowd. You could have the exact same laptop model as 5 other people in a conference room but the skin lets everyone know who it belongs to.
Just make sure to read the reviews before you purchase a skin, make sure it’s easy to apply and remove.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I accidentally swiped my laptop with a metal key, and the scratch is extremely deep. Is it possible to remove it?
A. Realistically, the best thing you can do is try and cover it up with metal polish or car scratch remover. If that doesn’t work, the next best option is to use a laptop skin.
Skins however are typically made just for the lid. They don’t make wraps or skins for the underside of the chassis, but if you can get one custom-made that can cover up any scratches in awkward spots.
Our article is intended to give you solutions for shallow or surface-level scratches. If it is an extremely deep scar you have to live with it or just replace the entire panel depending on how old your laptop is.
Q. When I purchased my laptop, I opted into accidental damage cover by paying extra for the warranty. Will any scratches or dents get covered under this program?
A. Typically accidental damage protection covers spill damage and damage caused to the display by drops below a certain height. Understand that when you go to claim your accidental damage cover the company will try their best to avoid it, so you have to explain that the damage was truly an accident.
Usually, scratches and dents aren’t covered but it all depends on the provider and their particular policies. Read the rules well before paying extra to opt into any accidental damage protection program.
Q. Do scratches affect my laptop’s performance in any way?
A. Nope, not at all. Unless the scratch is on the display, in which case you will end up with a malfunctioning screen. A few dead pixels or black spots you can live with, but if the scratch is deep enough to tear through the outer plastic protective layer and into the LCD panel itself your display might end up dead.
But yeah, any scratches to the chassis are only cosmetic in nature. They don’t impact performance or even the structural integrity of your laptop’s body.
We know how frustrating it can be when your precious laptop gets scratched, and we’ve given you all the solutions that we know of to remove surface level or shallow scratches.
There are polishes and scratch removers on the market for both plastic and metal laptops. It is particularly hard to remove scratches from brushed or anodized aluminum surfaces so if the scar is too deep you have no other choice but to live with it.
If you’re a handyman with any machining skills or workshop experience you can come up with a DIY fix provided you have the tools.
Saurav has been writing about technology for the past 4 years, but has been a fan of all things computer related since he was 7 years old. He is a ghostwriter for multiple sites, and covers everything from PC hardware to chainsaws and mobile game development (yep, the guy has a lot of range).