We love the look of glossy gadgets. But that sleek surface comes at a steep price when it's covering a hand-held device: fingerprints. Your oily little identifiers leave ugly smudges—making you wish you'd opted for the matte finish (if you even had a choice). Instead of wasting your time on wishes, grab a buffer pad and get rid of the glossy for good.
If wishes were sit ups, we'd all be The Situation.
Stop wishing that your laptop had a matte finish and take matters into your own hands, like Jason Fitzpatrick at Lifehacker did when he used a scour pad to de-gloss his Asus Eee netbook.
Using nothing more than a rough household cleaning pad (like ulta-fine 000# grade steel wool or 3M Scotch Brite scour pads), he buffed his way to a matte finish—eliminating fingerprints for good:
Take the dry scour pad and work it in wide circles over the glossy part of the case to create a swirling brushed-steel effect. The case will start to look like it has been dusted with white powder as you abrade the surface. After minute of light buffing use a very slightly damp paper towel to wipe the dust away. The case will look temporarily glossy again but will dry in a matter of moments to reveal the matte finish.