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I have a 2610 streetpilot and the protective cover on the screen was getting scratched/marred up from me dragging my finger over it to move my maps around etc. Now in the light I have a haze on the screen which makes it difficult to see the maps.

So I decided to take the old protector off and put a new one on. But when I took it off it left marks/haze on the screen that interfere with the clarity (I think from it being on there for so long). So before I put the new screen protector on I wanted to "polish" the marks out. I tried using toothpaste with a polishing cloth but that didn't do anything.

Any suggestions...?
 

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Ya Doh is right.

I have an email into Garmin but I figured I could get a faster and better answer "off the grid" :mrgreen:

Garmin said 3 days to respond so I'm standing by....

But I want to use my GPS tomorrow so I went to the trusy forums!
 

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Pending Garmin's response, start with a damp cloth, then a damp cloth with dish soap. If not, a little vinegar, and so on and so on until you get to the hydrochloric acid...but you might wait that three days before getting there.
 

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I'd bet

If you have any Plexus or other windshield cleaner laying around, I'd give that a try. Noticed in Target today that they sell LCD cleaner for cameras. GPS, etc. which would probably do no harm, but might not do much good either. Plexus seems to be pretty good at removing gunk without harming plastic (use it on my auto headlights, taillights, etc. to good effect). Only concern would be if the Garmin has an anti-reflective coating, since Plexus tends to leave a shiny surface. If you happen to have any cleaner for your LCD TV screen around, that might work well too, since the coatings are probably similar.
 

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For very fine scratches, I use toothpaste.
Caveat: never tried it on a GPS screen. At The ones I have now are all touch screen.
 

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My go to is

3M polishing compound liquid and microfiber towels

find it at Walmart in the auto body repair section

Note also to bring back windheild

use clean micro fiber on your helmet shield actually laps it clearer than new

3m stuff great on headlight covers etc.
 

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I've used the toothpaste style on a military dash instruments. It worked well but wonder how sturdy the screen on a GPS would be.
Plexus and the like are used on aircraft wind shields that's a heavy acrylic.
I'd wait the 3 days to be safe.
 

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Well true to form I could not wait the recommended 3 days and I tried some motorcycle polish on the screen and got most (~75%) of the "hazey film" polished out. Applied a new screen protector and I'm good to go again.

Thanks folks!
 

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My go to is

3M polishing compound liquid and microfiber towels

find it at Walmart in the auto body repair section

Note also to bring back windheild

use clean micro fiber on your helmet shield actually laps it clearer than new

3m stuff great on headlight covers etc.
After getting an A+ personal service in the 'field' from Rich - cleaning my helmet's shield with the 3M/Microfiber - all I can say:
Listen to Rich
 

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Well.....

Here's the "expert" advice I received from Garmin:

Dear Guy Scharf,

Thank you for contacting Garmin International. I will be happy to assist you with this.

We would only recommend that you should need to clean the screen with a soft cloth.

Garmin International does not recommend that you try to "polish" the scratches out of your device screen.

Any other questions?

Thank you for the opportunity to assist you with your Garmin device.

We appreciate your business!

With Best Regards,

David Se. Product Support Specialist

2nd Shift Automotive Team Garmin International

913-397-8200 800-800-1020


I have to wonder if David even read my question, I never said the screen had scratches on it, only that it had adhesive residue left over from the screen protector.

Oh well I knew this forum would have the best advice :0)

Thanks again!
 

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You might want to check some of the bass fishing forums most guys have high end sonar and have allot of tips for cleaning them. That's were I went to learn how to get the water spots of my Lowrance.
 

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Haven't had to clean residue from my electronic screens, but this stuff works great and doesn't scratch. BestBuy should have it in stock near the TVs.

Full disclosure: I may be partial as I used to work for the company.
 

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I have polished wrist watch faces such as timex's and such with talculm power and light water, with a cotton cloth. I tried it on a pair of safety glasses though with so-so results.
 

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I use

I use a good quality liquid wax on ALL my plastic, been doing it for almost 50 years, never had a problem. I like Mothers, but any quality liquid wax should do the job. Most have a build in cleaner. Just use a soft cloth, don't rub too hard.
 
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