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Screen Protector Bubbles & Dust: normal?!

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By Kensai, Guest on 3rd November 2005, 06:16 PM
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Although I paid the outmost attention while I was installing it, my Boxwave Crystal got some dust and bubbles (especially in the edges). I noticed that these imperfections cannot be seen when the screen is on, but for the heck of it, I want to ask: is it normal or am I simply incompetent?! :?
3rd November 2005, 07:59 PM |#2  
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After getting a fine scratch on my (then) new 3970 I put on a PPC Techs protector and had the same trouble as you.

When I replaced the 3970 with a 4700 earlier this year, I had the screen protector waiting before I unpacked the iPAQ... Same tiny fluff and bubbles.

Now, after putting them on the two 9100's we have, I still can't get them perfect

Guess that just means we're both hopeless

3rd November 2005, 10:36 PM |#3  
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I don't think anyone can get them perfect.

put mine on today. thought it was perfect but still bloody dust under it. sigh.

3rd November 2005, 11:04 PM |#4  
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It's a pain to do I must admit but I've managed to get mine almost "perfect" over about 99% of the screen. It's just around the extreme edges that I've got some bubbles and issues where I'd forced it to go down onto the screen but the rim of the case was just in the way.

If you find that you can't do it first time, then get some sticky tape and put that on the side that sticks to the screen. make sure the tape on one of the edges is right up to the end of the screen protector and the other end of the tape folded over so you've got something to pull the tape off of the screen with when applying.

The tape magically takes off the dust so that when you're applying it to the screenal you need to do is try to make sure no dust particles exist.

You could always try hiring out a chip fabrication unit where they're hermatically sealed too...
4th November 2005, 12:27 AM |#5  
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I've done a few Ultraclear versions and got it down to a fine art.

1. Be calm. Allow youself plenty of time. If you make a mistake, take a deep breath and start again. Don't rush or you'll end up ruining the film. Even though I've done this several times, I still allow myself half an hour.

2. Trim the narrow edge off an old credit card so it has a straight edge with sharp corners, and get some screenwipes or lint free cloth.

3. Do the fitting in a steamy room. I use the bathroom with the hot shower going. This drops all the dust particles in the air and elimates static which attracts dust/fluff to the protector.

4. Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly to remove all grease and soap.

5. Clean the PPC screen with a screenwipe then barely damp cloth. The humidity from the steam will help you to get a mirror finish.

6. Wash the protector under a warm running tap until thoroughly clean. Hold by the edges to avoid fingerprints and flick several times to remove excess water. You will end up with a few tiny droplets of water left that you can't shift. Don't worry as these help the sealing process. Don't wipe them off as this will just load it up with fibres!

7. Apply to PPC screen middle first. Immediatley wipe out bubbles by sweeping you finger from the middle to the edges. Smooth out firmly but lightly with the credit card using the sharp corners to expel air and water from the extreme edges.

8. If the protector is not straight, so the screen surround is fouling the edges, DON'T force them down - you'll just permanently distort the film so the edges will never lie flat on the screen. The tiny water droplets trapped under the protector may allow you to slide the film slightly so it pops in place - if not, peel off gently taking care not to bend the film, and start from scratch again - that means right back to the cleaning stage.

9. Once you've got it lying flat, smooth any small bubbles out with the credit card. Don't apply too much pressure as this could scratch or cause the film to move. Instead, use light, repeated strokes.

10. Wipe gently round the edges with the cloth to remove any excess expelled water so it doesn't find it's way into the device.

10. The little bit of moisture under the card will dry out within 24 hours. Resmooth the film regularly in that period with the credit card, to eliminate any small bubbles, or lifting of the edges, that appear as it dries. If you have to use the device, carry the credit card with you for the first couple of days so you can smooth it immediatley before any dust gets under the edges.

11. Keep the backing films in a safe place. You'll need these to gently slide under the protector shoud you ever need to remove it and re-apply.

Result - perfectly clear protector that is virtually invisible.
4th November 2005, 03:07 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by Ineedtoys

3. Do the fitting in a steamy room. I use the bathroom with the hot shower going. This drops all the dust particles in the air and elimates static which attracts dust/fluff to the protector.

I also use the bathroom but hadn't thought of the steam - nice idea.

I find it easier to handle the protector by creating a 'T' of adhesive tape which I place on the centre of the protector before removing the backing, that way I can hold it without touching the edges - the opaque scotch tape is the best and can be used to remove the protector too.
4th November 2005, 06:29 PM |#7  
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Great ideas everyone. Thank you for your feedback!

After trying some more times I got it right with slight dust, hair, bubbles. I'm pleased.
4th November 2005, 08:46 PM |#8  
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thank you guys for cool advice, i'll try it soon ..
30th March 2010, 02:59 PM |#9  
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Originally Posted by NinjaDonkey

The tape magically takes off the dust so that when you're applying it to the screenal you need to do is try to make sure no dust particles exist.

I can confirm after numerous efforts to get rid of the dust, this is by far the best and most crucial solution-step! I managed a 90-95% success with the protector leaving some openings only at the edges, but in the middle nothing. Thanks for the info!!!
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