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Quick and cheap anti-fingerprint trick

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid' started by Sarreq Teryx, Jan 8, 2010.

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    hate fingerprints all over your new Droid's face? don't want to spent the money or time for having a quality anti-fingerprint film shipped to you? go to local hardware store and pick up some Jig-a-Loo (orange can, with the rest of the spray lubes)

    I was lubing up my door hinge and accidentally sprayed my phone (my desk is directly next to the door, before you ask), and after I wiped it up the spots with jig-a-loo on it did not take fingerprints nearly as well as the un-sprayed parts. so I tried taking it all the way.

    firstly, Jig-a-Loo is "dry silicone-based lubricant that, unlike any other lubricant, contains no oil, grease, wax, petroleum distillates or detergent", so there's no chance of circuit damage, or post application ickyness.

    here's what you do:

    • make sure your screen is clean, get your favorite microfiber cloth, and rub thoroughly (nyuk-nyuk)
    • shut the phone off
    • spray away, pointing the straw at an angle
    • allow to dry for a minute, then wipe with that microfiber cloth again until you only see clear screen (and around the screen where drippage may have gone)
    • allow to dry for and additional 5 or 10 minutes, in case any drops went inside the casing. the spray will not damage anything, but the touchscreen may go unresponsive until it's fully dried. if you'd like to avoid that completely, just get some painter's tape and mask the screen off
    • start it back up and try it out. it's not a perfect anti-fingerprint coating, and won't protect against scratches (though the Gorilla Glass seems to be just fine on that, itself), but it's far FAR better that the raw screen, and I've also noticed my fingers glide easier (especially using Swype)
    any brave souls out there? let me know how it works for you
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2010
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    Interesting idea... I think I'll give it a try. Thanks!
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    sounds good...but also sounds risky
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    does it work like rain-x on a windsheild?
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    sounds like rain-x could work too i supposed since the screen is glass as well
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    I actually googled rain x on touchscreen phones and i found this entry someone made in a samsung instinct forum:

    Smudge Proof Your Display Screen!

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    Since I got my Instinct about a year ago or so, I have had to constantly clean the screen after almost every use because of fingerprints and smudging (with or without the screen protector).

    Yesterday I was applying my yearly Rain-X protection to my truck's windshield. Just for the heck of it, I sprayed my Instinct display with the Rain-X. Since then, NO MORE fingerprints or smudges. I used the Rain-X 2-in-1 Window Cleaning & Treatment spray ($5 at WalMart), but the regular treatment should also work. It made the screen super smooth, and did not affect the functionality of the touch screen. I think this will work for almost any phone. I wish I had discovered this trick a year ago!



    Reference: Rain-X® Original Glass Treatment?The Invisible Windshield Wiper


    so maybe rain x might work
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    Spray rag then rub on screen.


    HB
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    exactly.. that's how you do car wax, the same will apply here. do NOT spray anything near the mic or speaker, you WILL regret it. taping off the screen will work if you must spray the phone directly, but i recommend the aforementioned stuff-->rag/cloth-->screen method.
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    This is what I'm curious about. That stuff makes glass super slick. I don't have the balls to try it though.
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    someone try it out and give us some feedback lol
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    I just applied some Rain-x on mine. The screen is super super slick. Hopefully it helps with the smudges and fingerprints.
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    well..............
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    Well when I wrote my last post I wrote it from my Droid. I have been browsing the forum for a few minutes and I see zero smudges and its still super slick. Seems to be working good. Will report back later, we'll see how long it lasts.

    I sprayed some onto a paper towel like the bottle says and then buffed it off a minute later. Never sprayed anything on the phone itself, no need to.
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    wow what a great tip!! when it gets daylight i'm going out to the garage to find some!! thanks!
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    I'm going to pick some up today and give it a try... I'll post back with my results.
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    Well after a day its still working, but not as good as when I first applied it. The screen still feels kinda slick but the screen is still showing some smudges and fingerprints.
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    I had exactly the same experience... I was expecting better results - oh well.
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    I have been using Rain-X since the first week the DROID Came out, I Love it. Sure, it shows signs of our greasy finger prints in time. It takes longer for this to happen too. But it cleans off faster, wipe it on your shirt, a towel, any cloth. The screen is super slick too. Hasn't hurt it's functionality at all either.

    This is not the first thread this has been brought up in either here. I recommend it personally to anyone who wants to listen. I apply it biweekly. I got rid of the screen protector VZW sold me, it came off in a few days.
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