I think I may of removed oleophobic coating

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  1. MacKid1983 macrumors 6502

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    I noticed my iPhone 6 compared to a friends would absorb way more smudges and finger prints. I remember using vinegar spray to clean my screen few weeks ago because I thought it would help remove the fingerprints. I then googled it and read it removes the oleophobic coating, making the smudges more apparent compared to my friends same iPhone. What do I do to get that coating back, am I screwed?

    I also need to make a genius appointment because my home screen button clicks like there is something behind it. Maybe they can replace the phone.
     
  2. Surf Monkey macrumors 68020

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    Once you strip that coating off you can't get it back without replacing the screen, sorry to say. That's why they tell you to use a microfiber cloth and no solvents. Sucks, man. Sorry to hear it.
     
  3. MacKid1983 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just put a screen protector on and forget about it.
     
  5. wxman2003 Suspended

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    You now are a lot less likely to scratch the oleophobic coating! :D
     
  6. tl01 macrumors 65816

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    It rubs off eventually anyway: I wouldn't worry about it. My phone looked smudgy the first day before anything could have removed it.
     
  7. MaskedCarrot macrumors regular

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    At work we just use hand sanitize to clean phone screens, such as Purel.

    It works great, plus is sanitizes. :)
     
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    vinegar spray? are you removing hard water spots?
     
  10. GoingDark macrumors 6502

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    I would just use a screen protector at this point. It's probably cheaper and more reliable than trying to re-coat the screen with some third-party oleophobic liquid.
     
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  13. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    The oleophobic coating is supposed to be a fluoropolymer compound which is generally pretty strong stuff. Few chemicals, including acids dissolve the stuff. Though I suppose whichever variant Apple may be soluble in an acid solution
     
  14. MacKid1983 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is a photo of iPhone after a few minutes of use with clean hands. I touch my friends iPhone 6 and he gets no finger prints. SO i def think something is off. I am making a genius bar appt soon.
     

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  15. maflynn Moderator

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    It certainly looks like the coating was taken off :(

    As the others mentioned put a screen protector on it and it will be fine.

    I usually put a screen protector on my iPhone anyways since I had an iPhone once that had the coating wear off in a spot. Now its automatic, new phone, new screen protector.
     
  16. justindavis098 macrumors member

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    I've had a glass screen protector on since day one. Can't even tell its on. Put one on and move on with life. Also, don't spray your expensive electronics with vinegar.
     
  17. MacKid1983 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do all screen protectors have anti fingerprint coatings? And for the record I didn't spray my entire iPhone with vinegar. I sprayed a towel one time and wiped the screen. ;).
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    I use Ghost Armor, and the product does a great job at preventing fingerprints. I have no idea if its a coating or part of the material. I'd play it safe and avoid the vinegar though :D
     
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It looks like the same material used in antireflective eyeglasses. Avoid rubbing alcohol and hair spray, as well. Use microfiber to clean the screen.
     
  20. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Your definition of "clean hands" is much different than mine.
     
  21. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Not all do, but they do make oleophobic-coated films. Look for one that says oleophobic coating/anti-fingerprint coating/etc.
     
  22. blwade macrumors 6502

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    Mine doesn't look this bad after a few MINUTES of use, but over the course of the day? I have definitely seen it look like that. And I have only ever used a microfiber cloth (and sometimes a shirt) to wipe the screen... no liquids.
     
  23. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

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    Car nuts use vinegar to remove old layers of car wax. It's powerful stuff and I don't doubt for a minute you nuked the oleophobic coating.
     
  24. Gincoma macrumors 6502

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    Why are you making a appointment when its clearly your fault?
     
  25. kilcher macrumors 65816

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    I have Zagg Glass, it's either as good or better (with not showing fingerprints) than not having one on.
     

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