Rain-x on iPhone screen

frikfrak

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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.
 

Statusnone88

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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.
 
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eTip

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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.
 

Sun Baked

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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.
 
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Stoj

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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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BrokeMyi

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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.
 

eTip

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

Hellishness

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No. Read directions.
(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).
 

eawmp1

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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.
 

Weaselboy

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Forget Rain-X. Has anyone Zainoed their iPhone :D
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.
 

iHeartapple2

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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.
 

jfyrfytr25

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

Irish Rose

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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.
 

uiop.

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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.
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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