Why is it so hard to put on screen protector - ARGH!

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  1. chox99 macrumors regular

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    I did it. I ruined yet another screen film.:mad: I can't get to it work. always mal-aligned and speck of dust under it causing a bubble. Argh!

    My question is if I buy a protector from the Apple store, will employee apply on my 3GS for me?:confused:

    I watched countless youtube instructions and I just can't do it. Now I'm scared to spend more money on screen film. Damn my clumsy hand.
     
  2. tjp888 macrumors regular

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    I heard that BesyBuy will install a screen protector for you. I believe they charge $15 though.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    This is why I don't bother with them. I've used or at least tried to use protective films since back in the palm and wince days. I never once got one on cleanly without bubbles, or dust underneath. I'm waiting for a vaja case that has a flap on it, and that should give me sufficient protection and it looks nice
     
  4. chox99 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ouch. maybe I should try mall kiosk for cheaper deals.
     
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  7. gigapocket1 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes apple store employee will put it on for u.
     
  8. Zimmy68 macrumors 65816

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    Some screen protecters give you something similar with a tape tab, it still is hard.

    One thing someone posted that really helped me the last time...

    Go into your bathroom, turn the shower on really hot and let the whole room fog up.
    This should 100% eliminate the dust problem and gives you room to position the screen protector.
     
  9. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

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    It's not really hard, just takes patience. I mean all you are doing is lifting up a piece of plastic and sticking a piece of tape to a speck of dust. How hard is that?

    Get in a dust free environment, the shower idea works well, lay down the shield so it's perfeclty aligned, then go on a dust hunting mission with scotch tape in hand. Not difficult, and certainly not worth paying someone 15.00 to do.
     
  10. Johnnybrav0 macrumors member

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    Bought a Power Support Anti-glare just put it on my new iphone 3gs with out an problem...just take it easy and don't rush...relax....also...always wash you hand first....
     
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    Suggest applying from left to right rather than top to bottom. Align the entire left side of the protector appropriately then slowly lay down toward right side. Have done a couple of Power Support Crystal Films, and screwed them up when I tried to start by aligning around ear speaker at top. For me at least, left to right seems easier. YMMV
     
  13. dsn112 macrumors member

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    bestskinever.com

    Just did my two phones with them. Its like window tint for cars, use a spray bottle with a light dish soap and water. Slide it around until its in the right spot and then gently squeege it so it sticks.

    Super easy and the soap solution makes the bubles dry out completely.

    Awesome product.
     
  14. mstier09 macrumors regular

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    I bought an Agent 18 privacy screen protector from an apple store a couple days ago, I've never heard of the brand before but it was the only kind they had that did the privacy thing. The thing is pretty much useless though, it doesn't work as advertised on the box at all, you have to be way off to the side for it to start to turn black, and by that point you can't read anything in the first place. On top of that, due to the way its made and how it works, I imagine, there are visible vertical lines on the screen. It's pretty clearly garbage in my opinion, they need to take it off the shelves. :( Do you guys think that apple would give me a refund? or replace it with another screen protector?
     
  15. SeanMcC macrumors regular

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    I botched the application of an InvisibleSHIELD on my 3G S and I'm not too happy about it :(
     
  16. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

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    How bad and how long ago? I have removed and re-applied an Invisibleshield as long as 12 hours after and it was able to re-adhere with no problems. The key is pulling it off caefully, adding a little water underneath to lube it as it comes off.
     
  17. crzy4ifone macrumors newbie

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    Are you serious:eek: That is the biggest rip off ever. I'm surprised Best Buy doesn't charge people a fee just to walk in the door. sheeesh
     
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    I only got the front shield, but thanks for the link. I'll be sure to try that if I ever go with the full body shield.
     
  20. Hbcyclone macrumors newbie

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    If you can thread a needle you can do this.

    The dust part is up to your environment, contamination you are the only one who can control it. The applying screen protector part is easy.

    I laid my phone on its back face up. I used masking tape (2 pcs) stick them diagonal (1 on the home button side and the other on the earphone side) on the screen protector. This way you will have 100% control of the screen protector. Use your earpiece slot to judge the alignment, if the screen protector cut out square with the opening slot you are almost there.

    You want to do this under bright light preferably shine from the top though.

    Give me any brand of the screen protector and two pieces of the masking tape I will put it on for under 20 sec.
     
  21. synagence macrumors 6502a

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    The power support films i've found are excellent ... they provide a pre-film sticky film to lift all dust ... its best to do it either in the kitchen or bathroom ... less dust typically... wash your hands .. clean the screen, use the pre-film... then i align with the home button usually

    The cool thing about the powersupport ones is that even if you have a few bubbles, just leave them ... by next day they'll all be gone ... its great
     

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