Static Screen Protectors

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by Apple321, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. Apple321 macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Hey guys,

    I bought an iClear case for my iPod Touch that came with a static screen protector. I like the screen protector a lot because it is cut to size and keeps me from worrying about the screen scratching from things while it is in my pocket. It was good until I tried to fix an air bubble under the screen and I got a few fingerprints on the clingy side of the protector.

    Does anyone know how to clean fingerprints from this static side of these types of protectors? I've tried rinsing it under water and rubbing it, but the fingerprints oils still remain. Anyone have any ideas on what to do to clean these types of screens? I want to keep using it since it is static and not adhesive but I dont want to set it back down with a ton of prints on it.

    If I just decided to put the protector on even thought it has a few fingerprints on the side that is touching the ipod, will fingerprint oils harm the iPod Touch screen? I know leaving fingerprint oils on some things can harm them and leave permanent fingerprint marks, but I don't know anything about the glass the iPod Touch is made from.

  2. DMC-12 macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I seriously doubt that finger print oils will harm the touch's glass screen.
    Maybe just try a wet cloth to get the prints off. Maybe a dab of rubbing alcohol. Even razor blades are no match for the space-age material Jobs used to make the touch's and iPhone's screens.
  3. Apple321 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Thats what I hoped for, but I wasn't sure if any long-term contact with fingerprint oil and things like that would hurt it at all.
  4. Jasonbot macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2006
    The Rainbow Nation RSA
    I did the same thing with my static cling screen protector, only I tried cleaning it with a cloth and just made the problem worse, now theres all sorts of random dirt under it. I have no idea how to fix it. If there was a way to destaticise the film then I could clean it.
  5. Apple321 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Its probably pretty easy to take the static properties away, but it would be more of a problem of getting it back after you cleaned it.

    Been a while since physics class for me...
  6. Justinerator macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Redondo Beach, CA
    this is exactly my problem too. Any ideas on how to fix it?
  7. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    The iPod Touch's screen is made of glass anyway, so unlike other iPods it is very hard to scratch it in the first place. I've had my Touch for around three months now, and only for the last two weeks I've used a static screen protector (there were no scratches before I put it on, so it was a mere "just in case" thing). It's the back of the iPod that is prone to scratching, so you may want to put a protector on there too (personally I didn't because after all it is just the back and if someone wants to look at the iPod they rarely ever look there anyway).
  8. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2008
  9. stockcerts macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Maybe running it through the rinse cycle in the dishwasher. ;)
  10. delude macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2007
    I've just installed one and had to do the following to clean it:

    *Rub the area with a wet flannel
    *Wait until it dries, or rub it with dry part of flannel
    *Use sellotape to stick and then peel off dirt
  11. angenoir macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2008
    i've had to deal with this seeing as how i managed to put it on upside down the first time...the best way to clean the static side (and the glossy side) is to simply use a peice of clear scotch tape. Put it on the place of the fingerprint and remove so as many times as you need to to get rid of it completely (maybe 2 or three times). Once you apply the protector again it may appear to have tape residue on it but for somereason it literally dissapears in a few minutes. Hope it works :)
  12. delude macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2007
    ^Agreed. My screen looks lovely and glossy with it on now :D Fingerprint seem to instantly disappear and it feels nice to touch. This was the cheapo protector from the site as well.

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