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  1. Jazmac's Avatar
    You can't do a whole lot about the existing scratches but you can do something about getting more of them with a skin, a sleeve and common sense.

    When I read the topic, I thought it was about a scratch on the screen. Yikes.
    09-16-2014 08:46 AM
  2. iamstevie's Avatar
    Out of interest... has anyone experienced sticker skins causing the SP paint to wear off? Slightly concerned by this amazon review for the SP2 model (Chen Chen, 11 Nov 2013):

    Very hard to install. Paint was peeled off when removed the film!!! This is the worst screen protector I have ever bought.
    09-16-2014 05:54 PM
  3. onysi's Avatar
    my screen is scratched. not by me, but it came lightly scratched. I thought it was stain, but its manufacturers fault. I did not notice this until at the end of the month because when the screen is lit, you don't notice it. It only bothers me when the screen is off.
    09-16-2014 06:08 PM
  4. MBytes's Avatar
    my screen is scratched. not by me, but it came lightly scratched. I thought it was stain, but its manufacturers fault. I did not notice this until at the end of the month because when the screen is lit, you don't notice it. It only bothers me when the screen is off.
    Are you sure you didn't get it scratch. It's hard to miss a scratch on the screen. You should have noticed it the moment you opened it on the box.
    If you plan to use the pen, a screen protector is what I recommend.

    I recommend Phantom Glass, because among the many brands I tried, it is the only that is a serious product. It's literally a Gorilla Glass that you put on your surface pro, and it's very thin (thinnest I found). So your pen and touch experience is identical to the one of the Surface Pro.
    09-16-2014 07:00 PM
  5. onlysublime's Avatar
    Out of interest... has anyone experienced sticker skins causing the SP paint to wear off? Slightly concerned by this amazon review for the SP2 model (Chen Chen, 11 Nov 2013):

    Very hard to install. Paint was peeled off when removed the film!!! This is the worst screen protector I have ever bought.
    why would you put the skinomi on the metal??? it's meant for the glass..

    by the way, i don't recommend the skinomi techskin at all!!! I used it on my Icon. applied on perfectly. 3 weeks later, it was a hot summer day, there was also a runaway app on the Icon making it really hot, some business cards were in my pocket as well. The heat caused the skin to really soften. A corner of the skin came off, stuck to the a business card, tore the paper off the business card, impossible to clean. Contacted Skinomi twice with no reply. warranty, my a$$.
    09-17-2014 12:14 AM
  6. onlysublime's Avatar
    isn't gorilla glass on top of gorilla glass kind of weird?

    Are you sure you didn't get it scratch. It's hard to miss a scratch on the screen. You should have noticed it the moment you opened it on the box.
    If you plan to use the pen, a screen protector is what I recommend.

    I recommend Phantom Glass, because among the many brands I tried, it is the only that is a serious product. It's literally a Gorilla Glass that you put on your surface pro, and it's very thin (thinnest I found). So your pen and touch experience is identical to the one of the Surface Pro.
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    09-17-2014 12:14 AM
  7. iamstevie's Avatar
    why would you put the skinomi on the metal??? it's meant for the glass..

    by the way, i don't recommend the skinomi techskin at all!!! I used it on my Icon. applied on perfectly. 3 weeks later, it was a hot summer day, there was also a runaway app on the Icon making it really hot, some business cards were in my pocket as well. The heat caused the skin to really soften. A corner of the skin came off, stuck to the a business card, tore the paper off the business card, impossible to clean. Contacted Skinomi twice with no reply. warranty, my a$$.
    Doesn't sound great! Actually I'm not planning on putting a screen protector on the SP3 (its gorilla glass anyway as you say, and when its not in use I'll keep it in the touch cover). You can actually buy Skinomi type products for the whole body not just screen, to provide the same protection from scratches etc.

    If it was a standard metal or plastic casing I wouldn't bother as they're pretty robust materials against standard use. But the magnesium apparently scratches like a mofo (I presume it is paint that is scratching) so I feel like I need to add some cover to the body, But if the skin may peel off the paint then that really would defeat the point!
    09-17-2014 05:31 AM
  8. BaritoneGuy's Avatar
    Doh, sorry... just reread the part where you said you didn't install the screen cover :) I'm more interested in the back and side covers anyway. I'm the second owner of an SP2 that was "well used," so while the screen is great, the sides and back have some scratching. I think I'll pick one of these up and go without the front piece as well.
    According to some post on another site the edge swiping is fully functional with the skin installed for the front of the device.
    09-17-2014 10:24 AM
  9. onysi's Avatar
    Are you sure you didn't get it scratch. It's hard to miss a scratch on the screen. You should have noticed it the moment you opened it on the box.
    If you plan to use the pen, a screen protector is what I recommend.

    I recommend Phantom Glass, because among the many brands I tried, it is the only that is a serious product. It's literally a Gorilla Glass that you put on your surface pro, and it's very thin (thinnest I found). So your pen and touch experience is identical to the one of the Surface Pro.
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    notice in the middle, is my fingerprint slid across the line. It hides when it is wiped at a certain way. Its a really weird scratch. You can't even feel it if you put your finger on it. Its not as deep, but it is there.
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    09-17-2014 01:20 PM
  10. onlysublime's Avatar
    If it was a standard metal or plastic casing I wouldn't bother as they're pretty robust materials against standard use. But the magnesium apparently scratches like a mofo (I presume it is paint that is scratching) so I feel like I need to add some cover to the body, But if the skin may peel off the paint then that really would defeat the point!
    yeah, the scratching off of the paint on the magnesium on my SP2 makes it look really ugly and cheap (especially since it's a charcoal black/gray). that's why i'm getting a skinit skin for it. I have skinit for my 360 and it looks great. I'm just waiting for a nice sale. I missed the 40% labor day sale.

    here's the skin on my 360:

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    And here's my skin for my SP2 (I'll order when there's another major sale):

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    I already measured. the Windows logo and the UCLA logos will fit on the kickstand
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    09-18-2014 01:08 AM
  11. rdubmu's Avatar
    The corners of my sp1 worn off. I haven't seen any damage to my sp3 yet, damage as in wear and tear.
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    09-18-2014 04:38 PM
  12. strollin's Avatar
    I have a "Brushed Graphite" skin from stickerboy.net and think it not only protects my SP3 but makes it look better as well.
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    Not cheap though, $40 for front, back and sides. You can get a skin for just the back for $20.

    I also have a sleeve that I put the SP3 in for traveling.
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    09-19-2014 08:27 AM
  13. Bill Mitchell's Avatar
    Two easy and cheap ways to avoid this. Get a sleeve for your SP3 or go to somewhere like StickerBoy and get a skin. The SP3 is awesome but you can't bang it around like a big old laptop with a plastic lid. Also be careful with the glass. It will shatter if too much pressure is put on it.
    09-21-2014 04:45 PM
  14. switch side method's Avatar
    Would T-cut work do you think?
    09-21-2014 04:58 PM
  15. MBytes's Avatar
    Would T-cut work do you think?
    T-Cut basically is a product that act like sand paper, it is a mildly abrasive solution which remove the surround paint to hide the light scratches, and replaces with it's own filler color. So the buying the correct color is important.

    The product is deigned for cars, where the paint work is usually thick, and/or multi-layered, and features a clear coating on it. Consumer products aren't painted the same way. So I have a feeling the results will be ugly.

    If you are willing to take a chance, be sure the device is perfectly clean with no soap or cleaning product left over (in other words, use a clean damp cloth and clean over the area you'll work, after you cleaned your Surface Pro, to make sure there is no left over cleaning solution. This is what the company recommends when using their product, and using a very soft cloth as else it can damage on its own.
    09-21-2014 05:21 PM
  16. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    I just bought the black brushed aluminum skin (back only) to hide my scratches. I'm looking forward to its Stormtrooper look. Then BAM! bright cyan type cover.
    09-21-2014 07:21 PM
  17. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    To add to this, I got my skin last week, and it looks great and was super easy to install perfectly! Highly recommended.
    09-28-2014 07:15 PM
  18. bassoprofundo's Avatar
    According to some post on another site the edge swiping is fully functional with the skin installed for the front of the device.

    Update from my side... I ordered and installed the Stickerboy black leather skin on my sp2 the other day, and I love it. It covers most of the imperfections and feels great. I didn't install the screen one because I like the look as-is. I'll try and capture some pics of the install and upload them.
    09-28-2014 09:02 PM
  19. enthuz's Avatar
    I purchased a skin kit from stickerboy.net. Really, really happy with it. Adds pretty much nothing to the size and provides protection from the type of scratching you have. They sell many varieties to please most people. I have the black leather. I got the kit with all of them as I wanted the bottom of my type cover to match. I didn't install the screen cover or the bits for the top of the type cover.

    Sometimes when I take it into a meeting people are amazed when I open it up to use as they thought it was a paper notepad in a leather case.
    What is the direct link for this particular skin? Also does it feel and really look like leather or are people just easily fooled?
    10-13-2014 10:30 AM
  20. bassoprofundo's Avatar
    What is the direct link for this particular skin? Also does it feel and really look like leather or are people just easily fooled?
    Stickerboy €” Black Leather - Microsoft Surface Pro Skins

    Here are a few quick pics of mine. I think the look and feel are definitely good enough to cause a double-take from folks picking it up. I'm not sure any techie worth his/her salt would really think you have a leatherbound tablet, though, but I don't think that's due to the quality of the skin.

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    10-13-2014 10:49 AM
  21. enthuz's Avatar
    Wow! That made me take a second look too. Since mine is coming with a black keyboard, I think I'm sold on the black leather too. You did a great job of putting that skin on. It looks as if it came with it. Thanks for the link.
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    10-13-2014 06:36 PM
  22. bassoprofundo's Avatar
    They have a video tutorial online with a few tips, so give it a watch first if you decide to go with one of these. I don't consider myself a particularly steady hand, and this one was a snap.
    10-13-2014 07:23 PM
  23. BaritoneGuy's Avatar
    They have a video tutorial online with a few tips, so give it a watch first if you decide to go with one of these. I don't consider myself a particularly steady hand, and this one was a snap.
    Thanks for responding with the link. I also recommend watching the videos before applying. I also agree that not many would really think it was leather although I have had several folks not realize that was a tablet and not a paper notepad inside a folio.
    10-14-2014 08:53 AM
  24. viciouzone's Avatar
    10-14-2014 09:34 AM
  25. enthuz's Avatar
    That is a little too "rugged" for my conference room use. However I would recommend it for those appropriate use cases after reading many reviews on it.
    10-14-2014 11:18 AM
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