An Introduction to Cleaners and Polishes


iPod scratching problems were serious enough back in 2001 that iLounge readers began to look for ways to restore the factory-fresh polish of their front plastic and rear metal surfaces. In 2006, the situation hasn’t improved – if anything, it’s worse. So Cleaners and Polishes have now taken on greater importance.

Several solutions have been released to help iPod owners erase all evidence of front surface scratching and minimize evidence of rear scratching. So far, there’s no easy way to completely remove metal damage, but the plastic damage can be polished out with a bit of work. We have our favorites, and readers have contributed their thoughts, as well, suggesting products such as Brasso or toothpaste. A wiser alternative is to properly protect your iPod ahead of time with film and/or a case, but if you (like we) have scratches you really want to get out, check out our full reviews of these cleaning and polishing options.



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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.