Lens Repair: How to Take Scratches off Digital Camera Lens

Removing scratches from your digital camera lens is the hardest lens repair to successfully accomplish. However, there are several do-it-yourself methods available. Some people report success using these methods, and some people do not. The only safe way to fix a scratch on your camera lens is to have the lens replaced. The cost of replacing a lens may be more than what the digital camera is worth, so keep that in mind. It is unlikely that a scratched lens would be covered in a basic digital camera warranty, but it is worth a shot to call the manufacturer of your digital camera just to make sure.

Rubbing Alcohol Method 

Using a digital camera lens cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth, clean the lens and dry it off. Do not apply the lens cleaning solution directly to the lens itself. You will need a 3.5% solution of rubbing alcohol for this method. The rubbing alcohol will need to be diluted, so mix 20 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol. Take a brand new microfiber cloth and dip it in the diluted rubbing alcohol. Using a very gentle motion, rub the microfiber cloth into the scratch. If this method works, you will begin to see the scratch disappear. Once the scratch is fully gone, take another brand new microfiber lens and dry and buff the entire digital camera lens.

Scratch Repair Kit Method

Companies sell scratch repair kits to use on digital camera lens. There are many scratch repair kits available on the market today, so make sure to spend some time researching them to ensure that they will be safe to use on your lens. If you have an old camera laying around that you are no longer using, it wouldn't hurt to test the scratch repair kit on that lens to ensure that it will not have any harmful effects.

Vaseline Method

Using a digital camera lens cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth, clean the lens and dry it off. Do not apply the lens cleaning solution directly to the lens itself. Place some Vaseline on your finger and fill the entire scratch with it. Using a brand new microfiber cloth, very gently wipe the Vaseline off. You do not want to press too hard, as this may cause the Vaseline to sink inside of the scratch. If this method does work for you, the Vaseline will eventually rub off, so be prepared to use this method again.

Pencil Eraser Method

Using a digital camera lens cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth, clean the lens and dry it off. Do not apply the lens cleaning solution directly to the lens itself. You will need a soft, clean, and unused pencil eraser for this method. Using the eraser, very lightly move it over the scratch. You should move the eraser in the long direction of the scratch. Keeping rubbing the pencil eraser until the scratch disappears.

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