Forum: Misc. GPS Equipment Information
Topic: Scratches on your view screen?
started by: Quinn

Posted by Quinn on Oct. 26 2001,11:37 am
Well it was bound to happen to me sooner or later. I left my GPSR in the truck bouncing around with a set of keys all day and now the lens is scratched up. I called around to some eye glass stores figuring they would have to have something that would help this, but then I decided to try something else.
At work we have a canaster of "Turtle Wax" Rubbing compound (Not Wax) and I took a wet clothe and rubbed softly the screen of my GPSR with a dab of this compound. Presto! it took away about 98% of the scratch and it looks great again. Mind you this is an abrassive, but it is used to remove scratches from cars, now it works on GPSR's too!  WARNING: make sure if you try this on your gpsr that you test it on a small area first, or find another piece of scratched plastic to test first.
Posted by Guest on Oct. 26 2001,11:51 am
I have succesfully use "RainX" for similar situation on a cell phone display.
Important thing to chech is if the display is glass or some sort of plexi material. As Quinn said try in a small area first (and at your own risk of course).
Posted by mikechim on Oct. 26 2001,12:45 pm
Hey great info guys.  As I mentioned in one of my posts elsewhere my gps screen is all scratched up, I was going to try using something like that but wasn't sure if it would work or not.  Anyone have a bad experience doing this?

Posted by Gimpy on Nov. 02 2001,12:18 am
I've used the rubbing compound for years on watch crystals & whenever I scratch up the lenses on my glasses. Works great.
Posted by Quinn on Nov. 02 2001,3:12 am
Quote from Gimpy, posted on Nov. 02 2001,02:18 am
I've used the rubbing compound for years on watch crystals & whenever I scratch up the lenses on my glasses. Works great.


On your Glasses?? well that explains why you keep walking off the trails and into the swamps! :wstupid:
Posted by banjo on May 14 2002,7:32 pm
Something else that works pretty good on watch crystals (and other clear plastic like GPSR displays, I would imagine) is ordinary toothpaste, not the gel type. :oo:
Posted by barrington on May 14 2002,8:50 pm
I've had good luck with "Mother's" brand plastic polish sold at auto supply stores.  It's finer than rubbing compound and doesn't leave a haze.
Posted by NetDep on May 16 2002,9:34 am
I am sure you have thought of it but there is a product called "Write Right" that is sold to cover the glass displays of PDA's.  It comes in sheets and can be cut to cover the viewing portion of the GPS.  It works well and is designed to be seen through and durable to stand up to a stylus.
Posted by cenobite07 on Oct. 23 2002,6:33 pm
Hi Guys

I found a solution that I want to pass along.

I saw some discussion on scratch prevention on geocaching.com which caught my eye since I've dropped my new GPSr twice since I got it last week and was nervous about scratches.

I just ordered custom fit screen protectors from < http://strongengineering.com/bstrong.htm. >

They were awesome! They had sizes for several different GPSr's but not for the Sportraks. I sent an email asking whether they could make them and Brad emailed me 2 hours later saying he could have them in the mail tomorrow!

I've heard nothing but good things about them and he was great to talk to.

They are $6.95 for 12 and he's even throwing in a bunch of extras. I'm probably going to drop some in caches but if anyone wants to try them out, let me know because I'll have a few extras. (just one more way to meet some "veterans"...."  :)

The link to the GPS products is:

< http://strongengineering.com/miva?....e=SPGPS >

BTW, I have NO connection to them at all.
Posted by dogdoins on Nov. 21 2002,8:45 am
I've heard great things about Strong Engineering and their customer service. I will be ordering some guards for my Etrex. They will make them for any model if you send the dimensions. The guards also make good cache treasures.
< http://www.strongengineering.com/by_tech.htm >

See Ya,

Dogdoins


Posted by Quinn on Nov. 21 2002,5:07 pm
I never evenb knew this was out there...great link and thanks for providing it!
Posted by dogdoins on Dec. 15 2002,11:19 pm
By the way, gps cables can be had at, where else,
www.gpscables.com

Nice folks also.


Posted by Morseman on Dec. 16 2002,6:58 am
Quote (cenobite07 @ Oct. 24 2002,01:33 am)
I just ordered custom fit screen protectors from < http://strongengineering.com/bstrong.htm. >

Anyone know if they will ship to the UK and, if so, who I need to email to get a quote for shipping please?

I looked, but couldn't see an email address.
Posted by welch on Dec. 16 2002,5:34 pm
Quote (Morseman @ Dec. 16 2002,07:58 am)
Anyone know if they will ship to the UK and, if so, who I need to email to get a quote for shipping please?

I looked, but couldn't see an email address.

well, on this: < http://www.strongengineering.com/contact.htm >
page theres a "contact form" and there mailing address is even given that email doesnt get a response.

Strong Engineering Inc. * P.O. Box 10 * Lyons, CO 80504
(303)823-5073 * (303) 823-8475 FAX
Posted by welch on Dec. 16 2002,5:40 pm
Quote (Morseman @ Dec. 16 2002,07:58 am)

FYI- i was just looking at their order 'form' and theres open fields for locations "outside the US" so i would seem they would ship to the UK. But for how much? :D
Posted by Morseman on Dec. 17 2002,4:53 am
Quote (welch @ Dec. 17 2002,12:34 am)
[quote]
well, on this:
page theres a "contact form" and there mailing address is even given that email doesnt get a response.

Thanks for the info.

I've emailed them to see what P&P would cost, and to see if they know what Customs category they would come under as I suspect there will be import duty and VAT to pay as well.

After all, we don't pay enough tax already, do we?  :rotflmao

If there's two things that are certain in this life, they are death and taxes.
Posted by imeagle on Dec. 24 2002,12:21 am
You can also use Pledge furniture polish.It fills in the small scratches nicely and doesn't harm plastic (that I've noticed). It will need to be re-applied occasionally and gives you a lemony smell. Plus your other half may think you were cleaning the furniture.
Posted by pip on Sep. 09 2005,1:08 pm
here's another option:  www.theinvisibleSHIELD.com

Free shipping worldwide.  I have their screen protector on my eTrex and a couple of other things.



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