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By heretic, Senior Member on 13th April 2013, 07:33 AM
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As some of fellow SXZ owners I have removed both front and back factory antishatter films as they were dust and scratch magnets. I was enjoying the improved clarity of the screen and premium look of the phone, but the only thing I was missing was the oleophobic coating. Well, I have ordered GLAS.t Slim, but it it will take some time to arrive, so I decided to experiment. While in the supermarket, I just sprayed a coat of some random nanotech spray car wax on the screen and buffed it with a microfiber cloth. Also I have cleaned the screen first with some glass cleaner. Well, guess what. I now have an oleophobic coating on my naked SXZ! Finger glides perfectly on the screen, prints are very easy to wipe even on jeans and smudges don't appear as easy. So I would suggest the following procedure to get a fully working durable oleophobic coating on our SXZs:
1. Use a good glass cleaner spray to thoroughly clean the screen
2. Spray a coat of nanotech car wax (comes in a spray bottle and advertises a protective coating), buff with a microfiber cloth while it's wet. Repeat 3-5 times.
3. Enjoy!

Will have yet to figure the best car wax brand for the purpose of creating a lasting and durable oleophobic coating, but for now this random stuff works wonders. Will probably buy a bottle next time I'm in the store. Will use it on my car too. It's like $3 smth.

Please post what had worked best for you.

Oh, and DISCLAIMER: I will not be held responsible for any damages you do to your phone while trying this suggested method. Proceed with caution AT YOUR OWN RISK!
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13th April 2013, 08:08 AM |#2  
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Glad to see a post about this!

Today I got some turtle wax Ice liquid polish - same results as you, screen is super, super smooth - and no fingerprints. It's like having an oleophobic coating applied.
I'm impressed. I was going to get a glas.t - but now I'm not so sure I need it.

The front glass is dragontrail - not exactly easy to scratch / smash.
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13th April 2013, 12:50 PM |#3  
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Aha! As a car geek I have TONS of this stuff in the garage! Going to give it a try later.

I will, however, try it on top of the screen protector - no amount of spray wax will stop scratches.
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13th April 2013, 01:05 PM |#4  
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Good luck trying to scratch dragon trail or gorilla glass unless you're really trying to!

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13th April 2013, 01:19 PM |#5  
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I quite like the SONY logo on the screen, so don't really want to peel of the shatterproof protector.
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Rainex anyone :thumbup:
Great stuff too for car windshields and phone

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14th April 2013, 09:10 AM |#7  
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Two questions about this:
- did you protect the mic/loudspeaker holes while applying it?
- does your phone feels slippery now, for instance when you trying to get it out of your pocket?

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14th April 2013, 10:10 AM |#8  
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No and No. I didn't spray it all over, though. Just the center of the screen. So I guess you should use caution.
14th April 2013, 11:33 AM |#9  
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Originally Posted by adamsweeting

Good luck trying to scratch dragon trail or gorilla glass unless you're really trying to!

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It's very easy to scratch Gorilla Glass mate... what it takes is a single grain of sand in your pocket, you won't even know you scratched it. It's not that scratch resistant...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by alexpraga

Two questions about this:
- did you protect the mic/loudspeaker holes while applying it?
- does your phone feels slippery now, for instance when you trying to get it out of your pocket?

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As heretic said....

No & No.

Only applied the wax to the screen. It makes such a difference.
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Hi guys, thanks for the tip! Can you post a link or photo of an example of the spray you used for this purpose?
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