360 v2 Screen Protector

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  1. PereDroid

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    My scratched up Moto 360 v2 looks like new again thanks to this:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01317DTGU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I know some people swear by glass but I personally am not a big fan of glass. On a phone, either.
    I really like these films. It totally covered the scratches on my watch. Comes with 6 and uses the wet application method, which I really like. The "feel" is perfect, almost glass like. On a scale of 1 to 10 and 10 being "glass" this would be a 9.5. Seriously. If I didn't tell you it wasn't glass, you wouldn't know by touch alone.
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    Thanks for the info Pere. based on your recommendation (9.5 out of 10...:)) I ordered a pack for my 360 Sport. I have not scratched it yet, but based on what I have read (including from you) these screens scratch easier than others. It took over a year to put the first real scratch on my G Watch.
     
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    Could not be more impressed. I do have one tiny bubble that you can really only see from this angle. I didn't really take my time or clean my work area at all. I still have 5 more though!
    And look! No scratches! Lol

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    It looks like you had great success. applying films or glass screen protectors and getting a professional and undetectable application is not as easy as some may think. I know that wet application is widely used as perhaps the easiest way to do this, but I do a hybrid technique I developed which for me has proven it yields even better results than just water, with near perfect adhesion and zero trapped sediment or air.

    First, a clean work environment is certainly recommended since any dirt trapped under the film will yield a bump or raised area in the film which not only detracts from the smoothness but also traps air surrounding the tiny particle resulting in a dot of black where the display's light is blocked from view, which then surrounded by a halo from the air pocket it creates by preventing direct adhesion at that exact spot. Even the smallest airborne dust can result in disappointing results.

    I start by running hot water in the shower of the bathroom with the door closed. This causes steam to fill the air and this acts as a huge filter with the airborne water particles attaching themselves any airborne dust which then eventually falls to the ground. I wait till the steam has subsided and then begin the process of preparing to clean the glass surface of the device by aggressively washing and scrubbing my hands with soap and water.

    Then I do a deep cleaning of the glass surface where the film will be applied. Often these films come with a small alcohol cleaning pad in a tear-open package. This is used as a last step in cleaning preceded by a damp cloth and a tiny amount of Dawn dishwashing detergent. For any really tough marks I use GooGone. As mentioned I then use an alcohol swab to remove any remaining reside and finally use a damp microfiber lens cleaner to pick up any remaining microscopic dust or fibers.

    Finally, upon removing the film from its protective sheet I wet it, and then taking my finger tip I dab just a miniscule amount of Dawn onto the wet surface and smear it to cover the film's adhesive side completely. I try to use the tiniest amount of soap, whatever may be on the top of the soap dispenser, to only break the surface tension of the water and allow it to fully coat the film.

    Applying soap in this added step does three things. First it assures that there will be no areas of the film that will not be wet, critical in getting trapped air out. Second, it acts as a lubricant to allow very easy and precise repositioning of the film after initial application so removal and reapplication is not necessary. Third, it allows for much less work when squeegeeing film to remove the water and air bubbles since the film remains somewhat lose making it easier for the soapy water to move under the film and find its way to the edges.

    The film will move initially with even the slightest touch so once I've positioned and centered it where it belongs, I press firmly in the middle with one finger tip and then use a rubber squeegee (often also supplied but a credit card can be substituted if you do not have one), and begin squeezing out the slightly soapy water from the center towards the edges to begin the adhesion. As I move the slightly sudsy water out, it leaves behind a virtually flawless adhesion.

    Once I have the film tacked down sufficiently with the squeegee to prevent it from moving I remove my finger and finish squeegeeing across the entire film surface to remove any remaining water and tiny air bubbles. If the film has moved while initially squeegeeing it can still be nudged into alignment with sideways pressure from my fingers very slowly to perfect it's position. Then I wipe it off completely with a damp lens cleaner and let it continue to firm up its adhesion on its own.

    I've used this same technique to remove and reuse glass screen protectors as well, and to assure the adhesive was free of particulates I wash the adhesive with the Dawn soap and rinse it well before starting the reapplication.



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    Good stuff @FoxKat! I may have to try that next time, since I always end up with at least one tiny dust particle causing a bubble every time.

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    It took him longer to wrote the response, than it will for you to put it on.
     
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    If you can, look very closely at that tiny bubble and you should see a speck of dirt or fiber fragment in the center. Trapped air is virtually always due to some particulate getting trapped and creating the void that then traps air.

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    Your first write up should really be its own thread.

    I will try the in the shower method. But these particular ones (and in fact, all the film ones I have used) come with a little spray bottle of not quite water that does what your soap idea suggests. So, directly to Sajo, I don't think you need the soap with this particular kit. The solution they send does exactly what FK's soap does, allowing you to move it and align it perfectly before doing the squeege...

    And yea, Foxy, I've seen enough bubbles to know exactly what they are. lol I've never been great at this but I am improving.
     
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    Cool, thanks. Should be here in a few days and I'll see how it works with the provided kit. The soap & water idea will come in handy when the kids get new phones and need screen protectors

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    An alternative to the shower method (creating a pseudo clean-room), is to do it outside after a rain storm... the rain creates a clean, high negative ion environment which reduces airborne particulates to some of the lowest PPM readings you'll ever experience.

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    I ordered this one for my screen protector. I will put it on as soon as I take it out of the box!!!

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