Best Buy invisibleSHIELD install.

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by UserLain, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey guy, I have been reading the forums for a while now and finally decided to post. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with Best Buy installing an InvisibleSHIELD. I want to get it put on my 3g on day one, and I have had some trouble installing one myself in the past.

    So should I just install it myself, Or are the people at Best Buy going to do a better job?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    I can't speak for every bestbuy but my brother works at one and he spends a long time, he's told me, on doing the installs. Like 30mins making sure its perfect.
     
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    bruinsrme

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    if you can use and iphone you can install an invisible shield.

    The directions are
    Clean the glass
    spray
    apply shield and align
    squeegee
    let sit for 15 minute
    24 hours to fully dry.

    1 recommendation
    turn your shower on hot and steam the bathrrom up. wait about 5 minutes, then start the clean and apply. the steam removes the lint/dust floating in the air.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well its not really the front I'm worried about, I know i can do that one. Its the back that was tricky for me the last time. I just don't want the corners and such to come up later on. I heard somewhere that you can use Windex instead of the spray that comes with it. Is that true?
     
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    Unspoken Demise

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    The guy at Best Buy is doing my front Zagg screen on the 19th when I pick up my iPhone. They did it with my 3g as well. I'm sure they will take care of it for you. From what I understand, they do it often. Its usually how they get people to buy it: they offer to install it.
     
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    bruinsrme

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    it depends on what type of windex, which I personal would not use.
    Ammonia and vinegar hmmmm

    I had the back on it but I opted for a case and after the phones first tuck and roll I ahvent been without a case
     
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    patrickdunn

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    Then sit back and watch your moisture indicators turn pink!! :D
     
  8. macrumors member

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    The spray that comes with the InvisibleSHIELD scares me.

    Is it okay to let it go into the earpiece and home button?

    Does it evaporate?
     
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    Unspoken Demise

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    When you squeegee the liquid out from under the screen, you push it away from all open ports. You DO NOT spray the iPhone directly. Follow directions TO THE "T." You will be very sorry if you dont. I had the Invisible Shield, and Im getting it again. Its amazing when properly installed.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    Does BB charge extra for installing the shield?
     
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    bruinsrme

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    1/2 hour of labor
     
  12. macrumors member

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    And how much is that?
     
  13. macrumors member

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    Despite being on my 3rd generation of iPhone (2g; 3g; 3gS) and loving the 'naked' look, I just did my first back-side INVISIBLE SHIELD install last night on the 3gS.

    Took maybe 10 minutes.

    - Removed all items from package.
    - Pulled cut-outs from back piece.
    - Washed and sprayed hands.
    - Peeled back piece from backing and sprayed it as I took it off.
    - Sprayed the adhesive side liberally again after full exposed.
    - Placed film on phone, using camera hole and headphone 'inlet' as guides; took maybe 3 times ot get it just right.
    - Used Squeegy for removal of water.
    - Place corner flaps, but they were too wet. Dried phone and waited 2 minutes, they were amply tacky and stayed right where I put them.

    DONE.

    And it looked like CRAP. Bubbles and Orange Peel seemed to come out of nowhere, but I took faith that the internets were right and that it would smooth out.

    Woke up this morning and it still looked rough. Spent time using Squeegy to push out obvious air bubbles. polished, pushed some more. Maybe 20 minutes.

    And now, it's near perfect and I'm loving it.
     
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    frozencarbonite

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    Take a look at this video that a guy made about his experience with Best Buy's installation of an invisibleSHIELD.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0sF1DKcNd8

    No offense to anyone that may work at Best Buy. I'm just posting this because it's good for people to know.
     
  15. J71
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    When I was at Best Buy yesterday getting my iPhone 3G S and waiting on the number transfer, I watched someone applying the invisible shield to a 3G model I believe and he really did take his time with it. So I would say let BB install it if you want one.

    I haven't decided if I want a screen shield but I would recommend at least a case.
     
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    frozencarbonite

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    I just installed the invisibleSHIELD back on my iPhone 3GS. It looks good. I'm letting it set overnight like the instructions say. I think I'm gonna put a Power Support Crystal Film on the front. I like the way that one looks & feels as opposed to the "grippyness" of the invisible shield. Problem is, I have to order it. There aren't any stores around here that carry it.
     
  17. macrumors 65816

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    it's not hard to install these things. it took me about 5 mins. u don't need the spray, just apply water to the sticky surface with your clean fingers and slowly apply to the phone. if u screw up the position, just peel it off and redo it.
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    I had no problems installing mine, and I'm about as patience-challenged as they come. Just take your time, dry the spray as you go, and you'll be fine.

    There is only one spot that bothers me about the job I did: there was a small ripple by one corner of the camera cutout. Unfortunately, I didn't notice it until it had mostly dried, and I didn't want to risk damaging the rest of the finish to fix it. Conveniently enough though, my iPhone developed a random rattle today, and on closer inspection, a screw fell out of the SIM slot! Apple is going to swap the handset for me, and ZAGG is giving me another shield under warranty, so I'll have the chance to correct that mistake.
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking at my sim slot right now, and I can't help but think that some people might mistake that hole you use to pop the SIM tray out, as a potential screw spot. Sorry if that actually wasn't the case, just want to satisfy my own curiosity, it's just that I didn't know that a screw existed anywhere around the SIM slot area.
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    In that video, the guy says that one of his speakers is broken... Hmmm... I wonder if he knows that there is only one speaker at the bottom. The other one is a mic.
     
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    micsaund

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    I'd have WorstBuy install it with no questions asked. IMO, installing a skin like this can be stressful due to bubbles, dust, and other stuff. Let them worry about the problems and complain if it's not totally perfect. Best case, you get a flawless install, worst case, you don't pay for it and leave.
     

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