So back to topic.
I was pretty happy with my trackpad, but noticed a slight scratch in it after about a week. WTF? It doesn't seem like a big deal but when you run your finger over a trackpad with any imperfection it becomes truly annoying very quickly.
So after some googling and I did find one video of a guy fixing his trackpad using a product called "polywatch" which is typically used to fix scratches on watch faces. I can't find his video anymore. It's a pretty cheap product and some folks online say it's similar to toothpaste with baking soda - so in desperation, I actually did try toothpaste which didn't work. Rather than trying polywatch, I decided to try some headlight "restoration" compound I had in the garage.
Anyway here are the pics and steps I took. Click on images for larger pic.
|Picture of the trackpad from above. |
In this lighting it looks fine.
|Need to tilt the trackpad to see the scratch.|
|The scratch basically runs across the trackpad. VERY annoying.|
|Headlight restoration kit I had used to clear up the headlights on the car.|
|Added a smear of the cleaner/polishing compound across the scratch.|
|Tried just using microfiber towel to run the compound first.|
|Polishing compound rubbed in|
|Wiped off polishing compound with wet cloth.|
|Looks pretty good, scratch wasn't as obvious.|
|Another angle you could slightly see the scratch. |
However I could feel it, so decided to use the sandpaper (1000 and 3000 grit)
|Fingers crossed - a litte scared but kept going anyway.|
|Wiped off with wet cloth and it looks great.|
|Can barely see anything now|
|3000 Grit sandpaper|
|Used this directly on the surface without polishing compound|
|Next add smear of protectant compound|
|Polishing disc attached to drill.|
|Final results look and feel great!|
|Final. Can still see it very faintly in certain lights - |
but more importantly, can't feel the scratch anymore!