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Old December 28th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Screen Protectors that apply with water?

They say you are supposed to leave the device turned off for 24 hours after you install the screen. What if you can't? Is it not going to cure the right way or something?

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Depends. I've used my device before 24 hours is up. I suspect 24 hours is worst case and to allow any excess water that might have entered the device to dry. The main concern is really whether or not the screen protector still slides around IMO.
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I've applied dozens and dozens of skins - all brands (BSE, Zagg, Phantom Skinz, Clearfreak, etc etc). If you know what you're doing, and do it properly, you can safely power on the device within an hour or two.

However, I try to apply the skin in the evenings, where I have the luxury of shutting the phone off for 4-6 hours, and then insert the battery and turn it back on. Always works well and never a problem.

Key is if it's your first or second install, allow for more time to dry out, as you may use a lot more water than necessary. 12 hours is good enough, 24 hours is if you're a newbie to allow for extra safety margin.
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I'm going to try to get as much of the water off as possible when I put it on. I have an incredible and am nervous about getting water in the optical track pad.

What is the best thing to use to clean the screens before putting the protector on?
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I use microfiber towels and regular towels. Just a tiny bit of soap and water solution.
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I think they just want to make sure, and double sure, that your phone is not on and wet. I have seen some people practically dip the phone into water and then apply the skin. I just lightly spray the skin and put it on. I got to the point that i stopped using those because the collected all sorts of dirt/grime on the sides, but I never waited a full 24 hours and all was always well.
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water!!? not heard of this one - does that prevent the air bubbles from the edges of the screen protector?
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water!!? not heard of this one - does that prevent the air bubbles from the edges of the screen protector?
Pretty much. This is for a specific type of shield (Zagg, bestskinsever, etc.), not just any old screen shiled. "Normal" screen shileds are fairly rigid. These guys are very flimsy so they can;t be applied in tradtional ways.
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They say you are supposed to leave the device turned off for 24 hours after you install the screen. What if you can't? Is it not going to cure the right way or something?
I wouldn't trust any water near my device!
Also take into account that the phone manufacturers place small dots inside the phones and around anti tamper markers that change colour when subject to water so they can see if the phone has been dropped in the toilet etc. When they change colour this invalidates your warranty and therefore if an issue cropps up, you pay the bill to get it fixed.

So to be honest, don't mess with screen protectors that you use water to apply, you could end up in tears later!
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Old February 18th, 2011, 02:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I gave up on the damn things cause every one i put on messes up. I've had my shine plus almost 6 months and it hasn't gotten a single scratch on the screen yet
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You don't need water with all screen protectors, in fact, for most, they are applied dry. The films from Zagg, Bodyguardz, etc. are thicker and use a wet application. It's actually a solution of baby shampoo and water in a spray bottle. If you spray just a small amount on your device, it will allow you to slide the film into position, which is nearly impossible without the solution. It dries in less than a day. Unless you spray the entire bottle on, you should be OK.
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I read on a forum many years ago about making your own screen protectors from this clear vinyl sheeting stuff in the walmart fabric dept. (it's the same stuff that protects the display on a new bluray player or clock radio that you peel off, I got enough to make hundreds of protectors for like $2.)

I used water to put those on and never waited. I was maybe a little more careful putting the phone into my pocket the first day after installing so I didn't peel it up, but I never had any problems.

edit: oh hallo old thread.
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I can't believe they even sell these, can someone fill me in on the gag here? You put water on your screen, which then seeps through your mic, your speaker, and your buttons as you squeegee it out. You then have a $500 shorted out smartphone. Seems totally ridiculous to me. I say stay FAR away from water based screen protectors.
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I can't believe they even sell these, can someone fill me in on the gag here? You put water on your screen, which then seeps through your mic, your speaker, and your buttons as you squeegee it out. You then have a $500 shorted out smartphone. Seems totally ridiculous to me. I say stay FAR away from water based screen protectors.
Yeah, I totally agree. If you take good care of your phone, I believe you can get away with a mid brand high rated regular screen protector. Why risk your expensive device with liquids?
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