How resistant is the oleophobic coating?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Vidd, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Vidd macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    I'd been using windolene screen wipes for my iPad (which contains vinegar) and I've just found out that using products on the glass can actually remove the oleophobic coating.
    I'm just wondering: how resistant is the coating on the iPad's screen?

    I'd hate to think I've only just got it and have damaged it. :(
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    here's an article that was posted last year on iLounge. as far as I know, this has never been verified to be true.
  3. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
  4. xSPRINTERx macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2009
    Don't think you should be using any chemicals on it. Slightly damp microfiber cloth brings it up a treat.
  5. Vidd thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    Wow, thanks for posting that.
    I haven't noticed anything that bad and it's the first time I've seen a story like that.

  6. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    I find the 3GS far less scratch resistant than my first generation iPhone. I don't know weather this is to do with the oleophobic coating or just bad luck on my part. I have also found that wearing polarised sunglasses whilst using my 3GS distorts the colours and can give me headaches, i presume this is down to the oleophobic coating too.
  7. Macmangulpgulp macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2010
    I noticed on my iPhone that, over time, the screen got more oily - with much less usage. I'm guessing the oleophobic polymers they used become degraded over time, which led me to think maybe I shouldn't use those screen cleaners so much anymore. Just some water and microfiber cloth would do.
  8. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I'd like to know if there is a product you can put ON the screen perhaps once a week, as a clean/maintenance kind of thing, to make things last, and also keep things shiny and slippery.

    If only I had enough money to experiment with :)

    I'm thinking like you put quality wax's with Carnauba Wax onto car bodywork to add a really hard coating on top of the paintwork.

    There must be some products that are safe to use and put ON a protective film rather than wear anything away.

    I'd like to try Rain-X as I used to use this on my Palm PDA and Pocket PC (although they were different screens and used a stylus) but they made the surface super slippery and got rid of loads of friction.

    Fingers can wear metal away over time, so anything we can use to protect would be good.
  9. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    Using acid solutions on coatings is never a good idea according to my optician. Almost all coatings are sensitive to acids. But, he thought that if I used it twice every day my glasses might show damage after a year or two. If I used it weekly it might never show.
  10. Vidd thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    Ah thanks.
    Hopefully I haven't done too much damage. :)

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