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    How to remove adhesive residue from screen protector?

    I decided to pull my screen protector off my iPhone and some of the screen protector residue has stayed behind on the screen. The screen is now a finger print magnet showing marks wherever the residue is.

    I am worried chemicals might damage the screen. Anyone got any advice how to remove it safely?


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    Hmm your screen protector shouldn't have had adhesive.. Which screen protector were you using?

    Normally Isopropyl alcohol would be fine to clean the screen, HOWEVER, newwer iDevices (starting from the 3GS afaik), have an oleophobic coating on the screen which is meant to repel fingerprints to some extent. I would personally only use water and a micro fiber cloth in fear of taking this layer off..
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man View Post
    Hmm your screen protector shouldn't have had adhesive.. Which screen protector were you using?

    Normally Isopropyl alcohol would be fine to clean the screen, HOWEVER, newwer iDevices (starting from the 3GS afaik), have an oleophobic coating on the screen which is meant to repel fingerprints to some extent. I would personally only use water and a micro fiber cloth in fear of taking this layer off..
    Don't know what screen protector it was as I got the phone second hand. I've tried water with a micro fiber cloth with no luck.


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    Depending on how bad it is, you can use a milder alcohol solution and risk removing the oleophobic layer (not like it's doing any good as it is now..). And then re-apply a screen protector if needs be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man View Post
    Depending on how bad it is, you can use a milder alcohol solution and risk removing the oleophobic layer (not like it's doing any good as it is now..). And then re-apply a screen protector if needs be.
    Maybe I could win one somewhere.... Cough...hint

    Jokes aside, thanks for the advice I will try a mild alcohol solution.


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    When i was in gateway, there was a place that was installing screen protectors, they were using lighter fluid to clean the screens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtayob View Post
    When i was in gateway, there was a place that was installing screen protectors, they were using lighter fluid to clean the screens.
    Wow really?

    I would first do my research into whether that could damage the Oleophobic coating before trying it though.

    ..Chances are it could.
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    Do you think surgical spirits would be too harsh?


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    I'd just use a bit of deodorant. Not the antiperspirant kind. It has bit of alcohol in it and i've used it to clean sticky sticker residue and other marks off various surfaces without any problems.

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