Is there such thing as a soft tip screw driver that won't hurt painted screw tips?

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In researching your question I came across several jeweller sites that claim that with proper technique you should be able to remove the screws without damage.

However I found this unsatisfactory, so I dug deeper, and the answer is yes, there exists nylon bladed screw drivers

  • Not sure those will work - they seem designed for rimless glasses. I don't know that much about them, but it looks like they only come in incredibly small sizes...
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 16:58
  • @Jaydles the OP didn't specify a size; but if they had, I'm sure I could use google to find a nylon screwdriver for it.
    – virtualxtc
    Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 19:16

I put a bit of masking tape over the tip of the screwdriver to provide a bit of cushion and edge protection. I usually run into this when installing wall plates for switches and outlets. A standard screwdriver can scrape the paint off the screw pretty easily, but the tape works for me.

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