How can I maintain the Oleophobic Coating?

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  1. Johnny Steps macrumors 6502

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    I know eventually the coating wears out and I've looked at third party oleophobic appliers but I've never tried them due to the fear of screwing up my screen.

    Any tips from you guys or that Apple recommends? Thank you.
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Best to just use your phone and not worry about it.

    Clean it with a microfiber cloth when needed and enjoy!
     
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    I've always just cleaned my screen on my pants leg or shirt or kitchen towel or whatever and never had any issues. Just enjoy your phone and don't worry about it.
     
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    I'd use a screen protector. I had the coating wear off on an old iPhone (I forget which model at this point) and since then I put a screen protector on it.

    Keeps the phone in pristine condition for reselling and I avoid that ghosting affect when the coating wears off in any particular spot.
     
  7. Imory, Oct 2, 2014
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    Do you find screen protectors to be necessary nowadays given how tough the displays are? Not to keen on the very slight blurriness it gives.

    What ghosting effect is related to the oleophobic coating?

    OP, just use the phone and clean it off with your t-shirt or anything really made of cotton. Whatever cloth you use (common sense) won't scratch the screen, but the oleophobic coating is supposed to wear off after a couple of years. I bought my 5 after two months of its release and I can't really say I've noticed the coating has worn out (I regularly clean my screen with my shirt).
     
  8. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    That's one way to protect the oleophobic coating, which reduces finger prints and minimizes the friction between finger and screen.

    Just cover it up and never get the benefit.
     
  9. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Yep, this is what I do.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    I use the screen protector, to guard against scratches, i.e., in your pocket and drop keys/coins in by mistake and protecting the coating.

    The ghosting, was maybe a poor choice on my part. Clouding is a more accurate term. When the coating wore off on my iPhone, there was a faint but discernible clouding over the area that where it failed. Enough to irritate me.

    I may opt for the tempered glass for higher protection again drops, though I have never dropped the iPhone. The IP6+ is so big however I wonder if the risk of dropping is higher so I may opt for more protection
     
  11. Asharus macrumors member

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    i havent been using screen protectors on my phones since the iphone 4, and i upgrade yearly and give my old phone to my wife, then she uses that for a year until the next hand-me-down.

    i have never seen the coating wear off, and she's really, REALLY rough on the phone.
     
  12. Imory macrumors 6502a

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    If I'm not mistaken, the only possible materials that can scratch the screen is basically "dust/sand". Metal is softer than the material they use to protect the display.

    Wow, never heard of that. What device did you use and for how long?
     
  13. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    I've never had an issue with the coating wearing off, but I've heard you shouldn't use alcohol wipes to clean the screen as this will speed the process up, I still do it since cell phones can be the most dirty thing you have and its nice knowing my phone is free of nastiness.
     
  14. reverberlayed macrumors regular

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    I used eyeglass alcohol wipes on my iPhone 5 and I think I messed up the coating. The phone always appeared to have a greasy film on it after a while and never seemed clean. Moral of the story, don't use alcohol wipes.
     
  15. mrnoglue macrumors member

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    I use iKlear (you can buy it off of amazon http://www.amazon.com/iKlear-iPod-Cleaning-Apple-Products/dp/B00076N568). It works wonders, even though it's no longer recommended. Keeps the device looking and feeling fresh.

    As for the actual coating... well it's going to wear off. But aftermarket products like iKlear or the dozens of others work really well!:apple:
     
  16. Imory macrumors 6502a

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    Well, at least you know it's something you're not supposed to do. ;)

    It acts like a solvent in your case and will eventually wear off the coating. I do however understand your reason for doing it, but seeing as I frequently wipe the screen with my clothes (gets washed) I don't really worry about it.

    Ah, well there it is.
     
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    I have a huge bottle of iKlear. Love this stuff. I heard mixed things though that it does take the coating off, or it doesn't take the coating off. I'm not sure who to believe and I'm a little apprehensive on using iKlear on my 6 Plus!

    I wonder why Apple stopped selling iKlear, or why they stopped "recommending" it.
     
  19. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah I did it on my iPhone 4 allot but my iPhone 5c currently has a case on it so the case gets the real washing :p I'll likely only wash my iPhone 6 with alcohol wipes once I have a screen protector on.

    Smart ass eh?:D:p
     

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