1. EagleFox007's Avatar
    I can only speak to Silver colour. I’ve opened several Silver iPhone Xs and every single one of them had at least one blemish somewhere on the silver frame right out of the box. Mine developed at least 2-3 more blemishes just from changing cases from Apple silicone case to Spigen and back again. Sure, they are tiny, and impossible to see unless you angle the device just the right way under certain light, but they are there. Definitely the stainless steel seems to be softer than my Tissot watch. Also, I am that OCD that I will intentionally look for these marks/scuffs/scratches even if they can’t really be seen under normal use.

    Combine this with the fact that I also seem to have a defective LTE modem in my device and there is a strong chance I may just return my iPhone X before my 14-day grace period is up. I already ordered an SG iPhone X that is due to be delivered 1st or second week of December.
    Ok, just keep in mind that if you have the space gray color and you happen to have scratches on the side frame, you can’t repair it with any polishing material. If you try to polish it, the black color will fade away and will even look more uglier. For the silver gray, this won’t happen. I’m just saying that you can repair scratches on the frame easily on the silver phone but not on the SG.
    11-18-2017 10:19 AM
  2. dejanh's Avatar
    Ok, just keep in mind that if you have the space gray color and you happen to have scratches on the side frame, you can’t repair it with any polishing material. If you try to polish it, the black color will fade away and will even look more uglier. For the silver gray, this won’t happen. I’m just saying that you can repair scratches on the frame easily on the silver phone but not on the SG.
    Ughg...that's a very good point too. I am hoping that it is more like the Apple Watch, black stainless.
    11-18-2017 12:47 PM
  3. robertk328's Avatar
    P.S. my brand new X, which I’ve been carrying in my pants pocket for 2 days only, without any keys etc being even close to it, show (tiny) scratches on the silver frame already. I tried to polish them out with micro fiber, and the scratches became worse.
    use cape cod wipes, not microfiber, to polish out micro scratches.
    11-18-2017 02:51 PM
  4. recDNA's Avatar
    Ok, just keep in mind that if you have the space gray color and you happen to have scratches on the side frame, you can’t repair it with any polishing material. If you try to polish it, the black color will fade away and will even look more uglier. For the silver gray, this won’t happen. I’m just saying that you can repair scratches on the frame easily on the silver phone but not on the SG.
    How easily remove scratches?
    11-18-2017 03:20 PM
  5. EagleFox007's Avatar
    How easily remove scratches?
    This is for the stainless steel Apple Watch. The same process for the silver iPhone 10. Just remember not do this on SG iPhone 10.

    https://www.imore.com/how-clean-your...pple-watch?amp
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    11-18-2017 03:29 PM
  6. recDNA's Avatar
    This is for the stainless steel Apple Watch. The same process for the silver iPhone 10. Just remember not do this on SG iPhone 10.

    https://www.imore.com/how-clean-your...pple-watch?amp
    I just read the article. Thanks fir taking the time to give me the link! The only thing is on the pic of his watch both sides have scratches. There is the shiney side with scratches and the dull side with scratches. Doesn't appear it is possible to actually remove them.
    11-18-2017 03:33 PM
  7. EagleFox007's Avatar
    I just read the article. Thanks fir taking the time to give me the link! The only thing is on the pic of his watch both sides have scratches. There is the shiney side with scratches and the dull side with scratches. Doesn't appear it is possible to actually remove them.
    It all depends on how deep the scratch is. My point is, you have at least a chance or option to remove the scratch compared to SG.
    11-18-2017 03:35 PM
  8. Cladster's Avatar
    Hard to believe the phones would be scratching on edges from the Apple cases, those photos of the bottom scratched look like from trying to get the cable into the lightening port.
    I have a SG with Apple silicone and not a scratch anywhere.

    Where you can come unstuck with the open cases is if you drop it and it lands on something on the bottom, happened with a JB plus to me out of a car holder onto the steel seat rail, and put a dint near one speaker.
    The glass could crack/shatter.
    11-18-2017 05:22 PM
  9. LCW's Avatar
    It's probably similar to the stainless Apple watches... over time they develop micro scratches... not much to do about it.

    I just picked up a space gray X and an Apple leather case. I have 7 Plus in jet black that I've had about 8 or 9 months, been in an Apple leather case the whole time and no scratches. Since jet black was supposed to be a scratch, I'm confident i won't have any issues with my space gray X.
    11-18-2017 08:23 PM
  10. Lyall Demorrow's Avatar
    Ughg...that's a very good point too. I am hoping that it is more like the Apple Watch, black stainless.
    The iPhone X does not have the same coating as the black stainless Apple Watch. The Apple Watch has a DLC coating (diamond like carbon). The iPhone X uses a PVD finish (physical vapor deposition). You can Google PVD vs DLC for more info. I am interested to see how the PVD on the iPhone X holds up. I have the Silver IPhone X and almost returned it for the space grey, because mine already has a few micro scratches. But like others have said, I can polish the scratches out of the silver stainless.
    11-18-2017 08:49 PM
  11. robertk328's Avatar
    It's probably similar to the stainless Apple watches... over time they develop micro scratches... not much to do about it.
    Except polish it.

    The micro scratches come right out.
    11-19-2017 08:26 AM
  12. dejanh's Avatar
    The iPhone X does not have the same coating as the black stainless Apple Watch. The Apple Watch has a DLC coating (diamond like carbon). The iPhone X uses a PVD finish (physical vapor deposition). You can Google PVD vs DLC for more info. I am interested to see how the PVD on the iPhone X holds up. I have the Silver IPhone X and almost returned it for the space grey, because mine already has a few micro scratches. But like others have said, I can polish the scratches out of the silver stainless.
    Apparently it does not hold up very well. I know that the store display devices get handled kind of rough, but after one week from release, most space gray devices in my local Apple store literally have flakes of the coating missing. It looks terrible, way worse than scratches on the silver. I actually think now that the space gray is a much worse finish. The DLC coating on the watch is excellent. Clearly, PVD on the SG iPhone X not so much. The flakes that came off are much like what was shown in this thread. Really bad.
    11-19-2017 10:11 PM
  13. falconeight's Avatar
    I saw my first spider web mark on my silver and it polished out flawlessly in about 30 seconds.
    11-20-2017 10:42 AM
  14. dejanh's Avatar
    I saw my first spider web mark on my silver and it polished out flawlessly in about 30 seconds.
    What did you use if you don't mind me asking? I'd like to be prepared to do this as well since I will for sure have to deal with this while I own the phone. If you don't mind posting the product and procedure you follow it would be great. I think everyone would benefit from this.
    11-20-2017 02:11 PM
  15. falconeight's Avatar
    What did you use if you don't mind me asking? I'd like to be prepared to do this as well since I will for sure have to deal with this while I own the phone. If you don't mind posting the product and procedure you follow it would be great. I think everyone would benefit from this.
    I cleaned it with vinegar and a sponge. I let it dry then used the same sponge and arm and hammer toothpaste. I went the direction of the tiny scratch. There are other products to polish stainless but it was so fine that I knew toothpaste would work. We use to use it in the army to polish metal.
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    11-20-2017 02:50 PM
  16. dejanh's Avatar
    I cleaned it with vinegar and a sponge. I let it dry then used the same sponge and arm and hammer toothpaste. I went the direction of the tiny scratch. There are other products to polish stainless but it was so fine that I knew toothpaste would work. We use to use it in the army to polish metal.
    Does that really provide the same factory polished finish? I heard of people using toothpaste/baking soda for polishing but I was under the impression that this will just remove scratches, not get it back to the mirror like polished finish.
    11-20-2017 02:56 PM
  17. falconeight's Avatar
    Does that really provide the same factory polished finish? I heard of people using toothpaste/baking soda for polishing but I was under the impression that this will just remove scratches, not get it back to the mirror like polished finish.
    I can't tell a difference. If they are deep scratches you would need a buffing cloth and more elbow grease. I use ti use a dremel and soft cloth attachment.
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    11-20-2017 03:48 PM
  18. dejanh's Avatar
    I can't tell a difference. If they are deep scratches you would need a buffing cloth and more elbow grease. I use ti use a dremel and soft cloth attachment.
    Thanks. This helps
    11-20-2017 04:02 PM
  19. robertk328's Avatar
    What did you use if you don't mind me asking?
    Get yourself some Cape Cod wipes from Amazon. I have these:

    https://www.amazon.com/Cape-Cod-Poli...mUvbUpU3016547
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    11-20-2017 06:31 PM
  20. sfarey1's Avatar
    I’ve had my silver iPhone X since launch day in a fully encased TPU Case. I clean my phone fairly frequently and still have tiny scratches that can only be seen in DIRECT light. I just used microfiber to clean off my finger prints and put the case back on. Who’s going to be looking that closely anyway? No one can tell you have a near invisible scratch. I realize some people pay outright for their devices, but still. I generally trade mine after a year anyhow. It literally came from
    The factory with tiny scratches. It’s a negligible issue. The device itself functions beautifully so.....
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    11-21-2017 09:43 AM
  21. jlczl's Avatar
    I’ve had my SG since release and I see absolutely no scratching, flaking, or any marks on it. I swap out cases almost daily.
    11-21-2017 06:46 PM
  22. TripleOne's Avatar
    I’ve had my SG since release and I see absolutely no scratching, flaking, or any marks on it. I swap out cases almost daily.
    2 weeks in, and no scratches on my SG either.
    11-21-2017 08:21 PM
  23. zenjen's Avatar
    I’ve been using my Apple cases and I’ve been worrying about the open bottom and exposure of the Silver SS. So I just put a Naked Wrap from SlikWraps on my phone. Makes the Apple Saddle leather case a tad snug, but it is fine. Now I’m much less worried about scratches.
    11-21-2017 08:39 PM
  24. TripleOne's Avatar
    I’ve been using my Apple cases and I’ve been worrying about the open bottom and exposure of the Silver SS. So I just put a Naked Wrap from SlikWraps on my phone. Makes the Apple Saddle leather case a tad snug, but it is fine. Now I’m much less worried about scratches.
    That’s brilliant.
    I personally wouldn’t worry too much about scratches, it adds some character to it
    11-21-2017 08:44 PM
  25. anon(10234384)'s Avatar
    it also happens to me actually. I put a case on my silver on the very first moment. After seven days and it's scratched the silver band. I am believing it will get out.
    11-22-2017 01:23 AM
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