Strange worked for me sorry it did not work for you least you got 20% offOriginally Posted by LifeIsABeach
Even tho they say they use gorilla glass I still thank its different then what Moto uses. I work in a machine shop and my OG Droid and Bionic has seen my work up in down and country life of being in the dirt all the time and have yet to scratch either but when I had the Nexus for a bit I put a fine scratch on it in no time.
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(Revised) The glass primarily consists of normal glass but is transformed at the surface by a "doping process", where one molecule, atom or ion of a particular substance is exchanged for another. In the Gorilla Glass's case, it's the ions of Sodium (which are one specific physical size), are exchanged for potassium ions (which are larger specific size), and technically fill in the voids between the nearby atoms of the silicon, or more accurately sodium silicate (the primary element of glass), both making the matrix of atoms tighter and also leaving fewer and smaller indentations in the glass from which scratches start.
In thoery, if the surface of the glass were 100% perfectly free of any voids, then it would be nearly impossible to "scratch" since without an edge to catch the scratching abrasive and start the scratch process, the abrasive would instead simply slide across the surface like a wet foot on ice.
From Wikipedia (Gorilla Glass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The glass is toughened by ion exchange. It is placed in a hot bath of molten potassium salt at a temperature of approximately 400 °C (~750 °F). Smaller sodium ions leave the glass, and larger potassium ions from the salt bath replace them. These larger ions take up more room and are pressed together when the glass cools, producing a layer of compressive stress on the surface of the glass. Gorilla Glass's special composition enables the potassium ions to diffuse far into the surface, creating high compressive stress deep into the glass. This layer of compression creates a surface that is more resistant to damage from everyday use. Like all glass, Gorilla Glass can be recycled.
Corning manufactures Gorilla Glass in Harrodsburg, Kentucky (USA) and in Shizuoka (Japan).
So you see, what makes Gorilla Glass into its trademarked product isn't really a coating or coatings but instead becomes a physical and chemical part of the composition of the glass at the surface. This surface layer transformation is deep into the glass (relatively speaking), so even surface scratches may not break through it into the unprotected glass substrate. Unfortunately any attempts to "buff out" or "polish out" surface scratches may remove enough of the transformed surface glass to leave a portion of the surface unprotected.
There is on most cellular phones with Gorilla Glass (as bsweetness has advised me), a "wear-resistant coating" to make the glass "Easy to clean", and this coating can be scratched, which would show up as a microfine line that might only be seen with directional light cast across the glass at the right angle like sunlight. A relatively good way to determine if the scratch is only in the coating or has made it into the glass is to run your fingernail across the scratch, if you feel the scratch there's a good probability it's through the coatings and into the glass surface. Either way, whether it is only in the coatings or in the actual Gorilla Glass, my advice is the same...
You are best to leave any scratches alone, or at most apply a polymer based scratch "filler", usually in the form of a light tan paste, which leaves a hardened residue of optical grade plastic in the crack and minimizes (sometimes even completely disguises) the scratch. This scratch repair paste is most commonly sold as a CD Repair Kit (available at Radio Shack), and works amazingly well, but most importantly is NOT ABRASIVE, so as to not do additional damage to the surface of the glass.
Finally, if a phone is scratched by you, do the right thing...suck it up and deal with it. Taking it back and claiming it was there all along in order to get it replaced free is dishonest and is frowned upon by the forum.
It also results in several repercussions, including higher prices for future products due to reduced profitability or higher warranty insurance costs, stricter return policies as these dishonest methods (loopholes) of skirting the system are discovered by the retailer or manufacturer and closed off (which then hurts those who are returning items with honest and legitimate claims), and can ultimately result in someone at the customer service counter losing their job for making an executive decision under pressure and without proper authority.
Last edited by FoxKat; 07-26-2012 at 12:43 PM.
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