Advise against wet application screen protectorsTips

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  1. ikefox

    ikefox Member

    Yeah, so...

    I'm not sure if I'm the first one on this board or not to admit that I may have water damage to my S3, but sadly, it has happened.

    I had a wet application screen protector to put on the phone. I didn't overdo it, as I have applied many a screen protector by this method. Everything was fine and dandy, no dust or bubbles present and minimal water squeezed out the edges. After about two hours, I started to have an issue with my headphone jack "initializing" and not allowing sound through the phone speaker. About five hours after screen protector installation, the screen started to violently flicker. Right now, it flickers about once per half-second/second constantly. The touch screen is completely useable and functional, everything else works just fine. I have tried all the settings I could think of, a hard reset, and factory reset with no change.

    I disassembled the phone with the help of a few teardown videos, just for my own amusement and noticed that the moisture sensors have been tripped. There is a thin layer of moisture around the inner edge of the phone. Because the screen is merged with the front half of the casing, there is no real way for me to determine how bad the damage is.

    Moral of the story, probably a better idea to go with a naked screen or dry application screen protector. I used a minimal amount of water along with the "steamroom" method and I ended up with a major problem.

    If I can, I'll post a video later of what it's doing.

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  2. hal1

    hal1 Well-Known Member

    I would have thought that there's be of ton of Zagg, or similar, installs ny now.
  3. treb1797

    treb1797 Well-Known Member

    ZAGG has been on since Friday & no problems what so ever.
  4. nseriessaga

    nseriessaga Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear.. but was it a zagg purchased from a local retail store? Possibly at the same store u purchased the phone? Maybe they can help u out... since they "stand by the products they sell". It sucks one way or another but if u just let it completely dry out and turn it off for the night, I'm pretty sure the phone will function fine, even though the warranty is done...
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  5. nseriessaga

    nseriessaga Well-Known Member

    I've actually jumped into a lake with my phone in my pants and it worked like new the next day.. I would just recommend leaving it off and letting it completely dry?
  6. treb1797

    treb1797 Well-Known Member

    Try putting it in rice to absorb the moisture.
  7. triumphcyan

    triumphcyan Member

    Man that sucks, sorry for your troubles. Thanks for the warning, I have two Skinomis on my desk waiting for their phones, and based on this I won't take a chance. Maybe this is why they had discounted them to 99 cents a coupe of weeks ago.
    I've used Skinomi on a lot of devices without damage, but none had the design of the gs3.
    Out of curiosity, where are the humidity sensors located?
  8. ikefox

    ikefox Member

    I would have thought so too, but I couldn't find any information about water damage for the S3 specifically. Maybe I'm just an idiot and messed something up somewhere, but I haven't had any problems with any of my other devices with my wet application method.

    Maybe I have a defective unit with the screen not flush against the edge or something, but I'd still advise against a wet application solely for the fact that you can't separate the screen if you need to.
  9. ikefox

    ikefox Member

    To everyone suggesting drying methods, thank you. I have the phone currently separated out and in rice. Hopefully the moisture will wick out and there won't be any permanent damage.
  10. treb1797

    treb1797 Well-Known Member

  11. shotinthenads

    shotinthenads Well-Known Member

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  12. akita

    akita Well-Known Member

    Put some salt on it too for flavor
  13. gnexowner

    gnexowner Well-Known Member

    I don't get why ppl buy screen protectors now days for anyways. I mean unless you work in place you mite drop it or something or clumsy, Cause most screens don't really need them.
  14. danben7

    danben7 Member

    As long as you pull the battery and let it dry thoroughly, it should work fine.
  15. ikefox

    ikefox Member

    I work in a warehouse that leaves me with plenty of dirt and sand in my pockets by the end of the day. I regret the day I took my screen protector off of my DX, it looks like I took steel wool or a metal file against it. Really, small particles of hard material in my pocket is the reason I need one.
  16. hal1

    hal1 Well-Known Member

    I asked/mentioned in other threads - My concern about this phone as opposed to my Rezound, T-bolt, and incredible, was the possibility of water getting in by the physical home button.
  17. ikefox

    ikefox Member

    I can't really tell where the point of entrance was for the water. I suppose the home button is as good as a possiblilty as anything else, there is a gap. My only finding was around the edges inside the casing of the phone itself and possibly between the inseparable screen and inner chassis. Not really any reason to risk it if you don't have to.
  18. hal1

    hal1 Well-Known Member

    Really bummed. I may still risk it depending on how I like my Steinheil Nano.

    I know many hate the feel, and even the best still have *that* feel, but I love the sense of protection that the rubbery/stretchy/cushion-y "military grade" (haha) material seems to give.
  19. kennyyu

    kennyyu Well-Known Member

    I don't like the orangepeel effect of the invisible shield. I used SkinPea and it has virtually no orangepeel. Same wet application, same feel as zagg. Had it on since 2 days ago when I got my phone, No problems here
  20. SamMax

    SamMax Well-Known Member

    The best way to dry out a phone is to place in a zip lock bag with a bunch of silica gel packets with the back and battery removed for a couple days.
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  21. jsl262

    jsl262 Member

    I dont't know what to believe is it the screen protector i applied to my samsung galaxy 3, which i have had for two months the culprit.. I was told by a phone store employee that it was water damaged. I never opened back of cell until it would not shut off but would not work. It was severely overheating. I went to a second store and was told that my new phone would be replaced free of charge.
    After googling the overheating issue i discovered many complaints. I'd like to find a way of getting out of my contract and return to a voice/text phone.
  22. sdnative

    sdnative Member

    If anyone gets their product damaged but a wet screen protector installation, always remove it to try getting the unit replaced. If the warranty/returns dept. know you've had a wet protector on, they won't help you.

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