Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Scratched Garmin Screens...A Remedy
The Garmin 276,376,378,478 marine/land and the #96 aircraft/land units all share a common screen and the brightness/high pixel count make them superb for viewing, even in bright sunlight.
These instructions are ONLY for these units.
If you did not gently wash your screen with a fluid prior to wiping down there’s a good chance you have what appears to be a highly scratched screen. Here’s what I have discovered and offer these ideas to you. THE SCREEN CAN BE MADE TO LOOK LIKE NEW!
It appears as if Garmin has a ‘coating’ on these screens the function of which is most likely to reduce glare. In my opinion it’s of minimal value and I decided that the scratched screen was difficult to look at, especially if you are compulsive. What’s scratched and ugly is the coating. If you are committed to about 10 minutes work you can restore your screen to scratch-free and what appears to look as new.
With a new or clean micro-fiber cloth or soft cotton cloth, apply Maguiar’s Fine Scratch Remover. Gently, and continuing, polish the screen with whatever motions you like to use. Just don’t press too hard. You will at first be appalled and likely call me a few names in that what was only somewhat scratched before is now one ugly mess of a screen. As you continue polishing you will notice the coating is what’s really scratched and/or partially removed. Your job is to remove all of the coating. Continue, persevere, every now and then polish with a clean cloth, and start all over again. Eventually all of the coating will come off and you have a perfect, unscratched screen.
Jacksonville, FL (USA)