Rain-x on iPhone screen

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  1. frikfrak macrumors regular

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    Wonder if it'd reduce friction on the screen and/or make fingerprints easier to wipe off. Anybody tried it? Search revealed only one post with no specifics.
     
  2. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    That sounds like a horrible idea.

    I'm pretty sure google yields no search results because in the 3+ years the iPhone has been out, I doubt anyone was with a fully functional brain has tried this.
     
  3. frikfrak thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. Brandonsc macrumors member

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    Yeah, I don't think its a bad idea. I would try it, why not?
     
  5. frikfrak thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. eTip macrumors 6502

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    I tried it on my old iPhone (2g) as well as my iPad (haven't tried it on my iP4). It's not clear to me that it made much of a difference but has done no harm. Others have done so as well and have posted about it on MR - that is where I learned about it. I don't recall if it was in the iPad or iPhone forums. Googling Iphone & Rain-x also provided some relevant experiences as I recall.
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I'd worry about the Rain-X chemicals stripping the Oleophobic coating off.

    Usually isopropanol is a good way to strip coatings, but mix in mild sulfuric acid, and you are preparing a surface for adhesion and bonding.
     
  8. Stoj macrumors member

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    That would render my tiny windshield wipers useless.
     
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  11. BrokeMyi macrumors newbie

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    I would recomend against dong that, If you go to eaby you can find tons of iPhone screen protectors for very cheap.
     
  12. eTip macrumors 6502

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    True, but in my experience (having tried several on various devices), they don't do anything to reduce friction or fingerprints.
     
  13. concept7 macrumors newbie

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    I would recommend being a maverick/frontier and doing it lol
     
  14. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    It's not going to work. It repels water, not oil. Go ahead and try it though.
     
  15. Consultant macrumors G5

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    No. Read directions important etc.
     

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  16. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    (more specifically) Read the last sentence under IMPORTANT:.

    The oleophobic coating is good enough for me. I tried expensive car wax (Dodo Juice Purple Haze) on my 3G (or iPod touch, i don't remember) and it made the screen EXTREMELY oily and horrible. Some alcohol fixed that, but I wouldn't do it again. Rain-X is basically wax for glass, it repels water, just like wax does. Good waxes applied correctly (I think it put it on too thick on my iPhone screen) make the surface (paint) very glossy and slick (glassy).
     
  17. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    What happened to the "wipe it with a cloth if you gets fingerprints on it" approach.

    OP, the only way to not get visible fingerprints on a smooth surface is to either not touch the surface or wear gloves. Don't put this crap on your phone.
     
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  19. MadMacxxx macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, Z2
     
  20. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Well... now that you mention it. :D I had my phone in the garage while detailing my car and wiped some Zaino Z-6 quick detailing spray on the phone. It did shine it up real nice and remove all the fingerprints, but made the phone slippery as all get out so I got a damp towel and wiped it off.
     
  21. iHeartapple2 macrumors 6502

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    I use iKlear Cleaner / Polish and it does really well. It shines the phone up really nice. It does not prevent finger prints but it does help out some. This was developed for Apple products so it won't harm your phone.
     
  22. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Yeah was late at night. Directions / Important. blarb. =p

    Yup read IMPORTANT.
     
  23. jfyrfytr25 macrumors 6502a

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerprint

    Actually, take a look at the wikipedia page. A few paragraphs in it specifically states that fingers prints are made up of mostly water, not "oil"

    The term oil from our skin is a generic term loosely used also when we describe petroleum. But they do not have any of the same properties.
     
  24. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    This isn't something that I would do, unless I knew exactly what it would do to the screen beforehand.
     
  25. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Rain-X repels large amounts of water and forms beads. It would have no effect on small finger print. I promise. I detail cars and use Rain-X all the time.
     

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