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iPhone 4 bumpers scratch stainless steel band!

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Dayvidpriddy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 16, 2010 10:14 PM
Beware guys...I received my black bumper about a week ago now. Took off the bumper tonight to clean my phone down and there are scratch marks on the steel band from the bumper (this is caused from the pieces of hard plastic on the underside of the bumper. Not a happy camper here...
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  • daddave2 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Jul 16, 2010 10:17 PM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    Well at least it covers the damage too!
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  • Milbardge Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jul 16, 2010 10:19 PM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    I got my bumper with the phone on launch day and my metal band doesn't have a mark on it. Did you get something caught under the bumper?
  • Chris Laynes Calculating status...
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    Jul 16, 2010 10:25 PM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    Bumper case + Zagg Invisible Shield = Good combo... Shield prevents scratches that could occur from any case or any dust or dirt trapped between the case and the phone
    Macbook Pro 15" Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4 32GB Black
  • Thimbelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 16, 2010 10:58 PM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    We have 2 phones, and 2 bumpers. No scratches. I just checked both of them after reading the OP.

    I'm not saying it can't happen, and certainly not trying to insult anyone. Given the speed at which all of this is being manufactured just to try and meet demand, however, there are bound to be problems.

    Think of it - 3 million phones is 3 weeks? That's a LOT of phones by anyone's standards. And probably a similar number of bumpers as well. To expect every single one of them off of the line to be perfectly perfect? It won't happen. Your bumper may have had a tiny manufacturing flaw that caused the scratch. Or, perhaps something abrasive did manage to creep under the edge.

    Regardless of how it happened, if you live near an Apple store, I would walk in with the phone and the bumper and see what they say.

    I just wish they had made a "clear" silicone bumper so that you could see the stainless steel band through the bumper.
  • honeyb27 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 16, 2010 11:25 PM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    Dayvidpriddy wrote:
    I'm very anal with my toys



    Yeah, I'm sure you are......
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  • Hawk-Firestorm Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jul 16, 2010 11:34 PM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    There's no way plastic is going to be able to score stainless steel.

    Unless that is there was something harder caught in the case.

    Or it was damaged out of the case and you hadn't noticed.

    Philips cases are okie they have a silicone bumper and a back plastic to protect the rear of the phone.
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  • w7ox Level 4 Level 4 (2,385 points)
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    Jul 16, 2010 11:55 PM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    Dayvidpriddy wrote:
    Uhm no lol. Rub your finder around the inside of the bumper...there are areas of hard plastic. There is/was no debris inside the housing before I put it on the phone.


    Plastic harder than steel? Next we'll hear that glass backs break and will all be amazed

    Phil
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  • bernie23 Calculating status...
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    Jul 17, 2010 12:06 AM (in response to w7ox)
    I think apple should start vetting who can buy their products, nothing too long, just a 5 min interview at the genius bar. I think the products are fairly cool and innovative. Judging by most of the comments on this forum, most of there consumer base is not.
  • YvilKittyInSpace Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jul 17, 2010 7:45 AM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    I just took my bumper off after having it on for a full week and there is not a single scratch on the band. I'm not babying my phone either, not anymore than previous iPhones.
    15" Mid 2009 MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
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    Jul 17, 2010 8:07 AM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    Dayvidpriddy wrote:
    honeyb27 wrote:
    Dayvidpriddy wrote:
    I'm very anal with my toys

    Yeah, I'm sure you are......

    Perhaps you should look up the term "anal" in the definition I was using it in...


    Dayvidpriddy wrote:
    Uhm no lol. Rub your finder around the inside of the bumper.


    Oh gosh, I LOVE THIS THREAD...it's gotten so sexually funny! Haha. What's a finder? That just makes it sound so dirty! HAHAHA!!!
    MacBook Pro 13.3", Windows XP
  • pwilson Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Jul 17, 2010 8:48 AM (in response to Dayvidpriddy)
    Dayvid, are you saying that the 'scratches' have depth? Can you feel them with your fingernail? The stainless band is Apple's own special brand so I can't say for certain here but my past experience with stainless is that it is one of the hardest materials in use today and there is no way that any plastic will scratch it. You may not agree but I believe that your band was scratched before you put the late-arriving bumper on it.

    You can test this all out by rubbing a stainless steel spoon, or knife, or fork against the hard plastic of the bumper and it should leave scratches in the stainless utensil. I don't think it will. I believe the plastic could impart onto the stainless and may leave marks on, not in the stainless.

    I would like to know if the scratches on your iP4 band have depth...and approximately where the scratches are.

    Having said all this, any metal polish should take out normal scratches and scuffs in stainless. Just use extreme caution. Stay away from the glass and rub lightly with the grain. Try to blend in the scratch marks. Don't do it if you're not sure how.

    Good Luck.

    BTW- My black bumper has not left any scratches on my iP4 band.
    Mac Pro 2.66 GHz, 6 Gb Ram, ACD 23", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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