Do tempered glass protectors remove the oleophobic coating on the original screen?

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  1. arcturuz macrumors member

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    i recently removed the glass protector from my ip6 plus and the original glass seems to become very prone to grease and fingerprints.....
    i suspect the oleophobic coating was removed upon taking off the screen protector..
    has this happened to anyone?
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I don't think it would remove it. If it so happens to remove it just throw another new on there.
     
  3. Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

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    ahhh ... at the Apple Stores ... they do not have any protector glass or plastic.

    In fact they recommend against them ...

    But if you want to waste your money ... go right ahead.

    I am sure some one will be please .. but not you.

    :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  4. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    Actually, at both the Apple stores and online they do sell several different types of screen protectors.
     
  5. kgenova macrumors 6502a

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    I suspect that may be due to the difference in the oleophobic coating on your glass screen protector and the oleophobic coating on your iPhone's screen. The oleophobic coating on the Zagg Glass on my iPhone 6 Plus was extremely aggressive--any smears or smudges wiped away magically. My husband was using his iPhone 6 Plus without any screen protector and his screen would get all smudgy, and seemed harder to de-smudge than my 6 Plus with its Zagg Glass. I recently had to remove my faithful Zagg Glass to review some other screen protectors (sob!) and my bare iPhone screen did seem more smudge prone afterward. But I think that is just the way the original iPhone oleophobic coating is.

    Kristin
     
  6. viewfly, Apr 24, 2015
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    That is a really good question. I doubt that many people (even on line articles) really have a good answer. Including me. I recently removed a glass screen protector and had the same thoughts as you. But I have some reservations...it seems to improve over time.

    No doubt that Apple states clearly that the oleophobic coating will wear off with time and abrasion. However you do have to clean the screen with a cloth, so it is unavoidable.

    I do know this. Nearly all coatings are tested for durability from abrasion to a specific spec (many, many eraser or tape removal tests). I doubt that one installation of a SP, the oleophobic coating will disappear from the adhesive of the SP. Certainly it will not come off evenly. I did notice that a residual adhesive or 'sticky' layer was left behind, but that came off eventually, and the properties of the oleophobic coating returned.

    Now if you cleaned the screen before installation with an alcohol based solvent (a isopropyl cleaner). That WILL begin to remove the coating. And never use Windex.

    So I doubt, done properly, an install will remove the oleophobic coating. Perhaps many installs will, since that is the nature of abrasion or 'durability tests'.

    My screen has improved with time, but at first it appeared that the SP deminished the coating. Seems fine now.

    I guess the beauty of SP is that you can replace them when the oleophobic coating of the SP diminishes too. There are some liquid after market oleophobic sprays that can be reapplied to the iphone, but I would do that as a last resort.
     
  7. scjr macrumors 68000

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    Excellent post! ##

    You mentioned that an alcohol based cleaner may start to remove the coating. I'm wondering if the cleaning packs included with screen protector installs are alcohol based?
     
  8. kgenova macrumors 6502a

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    I think they are...

    Kind of concerning, if so!

    Kristin
     
  9. viewfly macrumors 65816

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    Thanks!

    Some are and some are not alcohol based. I couldn't tell from the Benks package so I didn't use it. Apple sells a brand that is not alcohol based, but many sprays and towelettes sold in drug stores are fine. Read the package labels.
     
  10. scjr macrumors 68000

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    Very smart!

    I use ROGGE DUO cleaner. I was looking at Whoosh, sold through Apple, but this seemed to be a better value and the reviews on Amazon are great.

    http://www.amazon.com/ROGGE-DUO-Clean-Screen-Cleaner-Professional/dp/B0029ZDRSQ

    It's a terrific cleaner, no alcohol and safe. You still have to clean your iPad and iPhone screens every so often, but this keeps them cleaner longer and it's very easy to use. Plus, it's a nice sized bottle and comes with a microfiber towel.
     
  11. kgenova macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the tip!

    Kristin
     
  12. scjr macrumors 68000

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    You're welcome, Kristin!

    I believe you would like it. High quality product, imo.
     
  13. Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

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    Not my apple store in silicone valley where Apple HQ is ...

    :eek::eek::eek:
     
  14. viewfly macrumors 65816

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    The iKlear line of product is what Apple sells. Just spray on a micro fiber and use. Also sold in towelettes.

    http://www.amazon.com/iKlear-8-oz-S...qid=1429893420&sr=1-2&keywords=iclear+cleaner
     
  15. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    http://store.apple.com/us/iphone/iphone-accessories/cases

    Multiple screen savers on their website. My new Apple store in NH also sells at least one variety.
     
  16. arcturuz thread starter macrumors member

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    ah i think so too

    when i first installed my first glass sp, it seems to be more smudge resistant than the original apple screen.

    anyway i have installed a new full coverage glass sp and no more fingerprints and smudges again :D
     
  17. smorrissey macrumors 6502a

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    Don't use one and welcome scratches.
     
  18. kgenova macrumors 6502a

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    Which full coverage glass sp are you using?
     
  19. a.guillermo macrumors regular

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    I don't think that it would remove it... but just put another screen protector ontop of it, and tah-dah! Your problem is taken care of.
     

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