Otterbox Oil Spots

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by spaghetti head, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. spaghetti head macrumors member

    May 5, 2011
    I recently put another Otterbox Defender on my 4. The first one never had an oil spot problem. This one is terrible. I've tried with and without a screen protector and it doesn't change. Otterbox's recommended fix is to very lightly dust the inside screen with baby powder. Needless to say, I'm not too excited about doing that.

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  2. daemonite macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
    i washed my otterbox out with water, light soap, dried it and then wiped my iphone screen with alcohol. No oil spots.
  3. spaghetti head thread starter macrumors member

    May 5, 2011
    But did you have oil spots originally?

    I never had them on my first O Box Defender.
  4. daemonite macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
    i got them after a really sweaty hot day of 102f and my phone was in my pocket.
  5. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    Yeah I've had it on the ones I've had which is part of the reason why I no longer use the case.
  6. kermitshdy macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2013
    Hey all! So I got my first iPhone today and the oil spots were pissing me off soooo much. After trying everything I found online (baby powder, glasses cleaner stuff, windex and baby powder etc.) I finally gave up. I couldn't get all the dust and lint etc off my screen or the screen protector so I used a damp towel to clean off both. I gently dried them both off and put the case back together and then I noticed there was absolutely no oils on the screen. There were some smudges so I took it off again and wiped it off with a damp towel and then lightly dried it again. And voila, no oil spots. It was the first time I was happy with my otterbox. I hope this helps! And btw, this is on the iPhone 5 but I'd think it would also work with 4/4S, 3G etc.
  7. koa macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2005
    Otterbox sent me a new case for my Mini when it started developing screen spots. They have very good customer service.

    I could get the spots to go away by cutting thin strips of vinyl tape (3M electrical tape) and putting them on the edges of the case screen on the inside where they couldn't be seen. This lifts the screen a bit, I used two layers before the spots disappeared. It will make the touch screen less sensitive. You have to push the screen a bit harder. It might work as a temporary fix until they send you a new case.

    Washing helps. Just don't use hot water and make sure you get all the soap residue off with lots of rinsing. Then make sure the case is completely dry before putting the phone back in. I use the air in a can to blow out all the water then dry.

    You could also just buy another case from Best Buy and then return the old case.
  8. kermitshdy macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2013
    I attempted this a second time and it didn't work. So then, I put some baby powder on and THEN wiped it down with a damp towel. I think this is the only thing that has worked for me, so I'm unhappy that I've gone through all this, but I'm happy I found a way to fix it.
  9. Mellisaray macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2013
    maybe you can choose another kind of case, like leather.:D
  10. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    Where did you buy that OB from? Is that an iPhone 5?

    I had to clean mine every 3-4 days but I never had anything that bad.
  11. ipadfreak macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2010
    Use lense cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe both the inside of the otter box screen and your iphone screen. Then go in the bathroom, lay out a towel on the counter. Turn your shower on hot, and come back in 3-4 minutes, making sure the door is close.. When you come back, the room should be full of steam. Now on the towel on the counter, and put the case on.

    Not only will there be no oil slicks, but there will be NO dust or particles under the screen. I suggest this when you are applying any screen protector!
  12. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    Eye glass cleaner worked for me, clean inside the case and the phone.

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