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Applying the included screen protector film correctly

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As i just ran into trouble while applying the screen protector that came with the Pro1, i would like to discuss a safe way to do it.
There where no instructions included with my protector.
Since there are many different types of protective films, first of all it helps to know that the one supplied is of the variety consisting of 3 layers, 2 protective layers sandwiching a very thin rubbery actual protective film that wraps around the curved screen when all is done.
Had i know that, i would have not tried to peel that tiny white sticker off the upper protective layer which i assumed to be the real deal already.
By doing that i disrupted the thin protective film in a way that it developed awkward air includes that i could not get rid off anymore.

For you to do better, here is the way i would have done it if i knew which type of "system" i am dealing with.

  1. Clean device from grease and dust, preferably with microfiber cloth.
  2. Remove a bit from the lower 1st layer, beginning at the speaker/cam cut outs and bend it back so a bit of the 2nd actual film layer is exposed.
  3. Center this 2nd layer foil to the speaker and camera and align it to the top of the screen. The less you apply the better you can still move it.
  4. Put a Credit Card along the correctly aligned top and use it to guide the exposed protective film while you pull the lower 1st layer continuously.
  5. Ignore the curves for now, it is the time to move eventual bubbles from the center to the sides using the CC.
  6. When all is bubble free, begin to wrap the curves starting from center up and down.
  7. The 3rd top protective layer will get scratched in the (CC) process and lift itself from the outer curves eventually, ignore that. ( I did not and made it worse by lifting parts of 3rd layer).
  8. Wait until the harder 3rd top layer has completely lifted itself from the curves back to being flat.
  9. Now you can gently remove the top layer safely using the tiny white sticker and are hopefully left with a bubble free experience.

    UPDATE
  10. If you have tiny air includes left like i had, not all is lost. From uneven application i had a field of foggy includes next to the camera. This all disappeared over night! Image attached.

Corrections and additions welcome!

Is already known which 3rd Party protectors would fit the Pro1?
I am keen to order some and try again.

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I have not tried on this, but on other devices spraying some de-mineralised water on the screen before applying can solve the bubble problem, as it is easier to squeeze out the water than air (as air compresses when you try to push a bubble away). With a device like this, water should be used with the screen facing downwards. (That is why I was lazy and did not do it) 

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4 hours ago, EskeRahn said:

I have not tried on this, but on other devices spraying some de-mineralised water on the screen before applying can solve the bubble problem, as it is easier to squeeze out the water than air (as air compresses when you try to push a bubble away). With a device like this, water should be used with the screen facing downwards. (That is why I was lazy and did not do it) 

I applied vinyl stickers to some car once and the trick they showed me is to use Windex or some other window cleaner instead of water.

i was able to adjust the vinyl after applying and used a creditcard to squeeze it out from under the sticker. It left no bubbles and the Windex dissolved quickly.

It might work on a phone as well, but I never tried it.

 

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1 minute ago, Shilor said:

I applied vinyl stickers to some car once and the trick they showed me is to use Windex or some other window cleaner instead of water.

i was able to adjust the vinyl after applying and used a creditcard to square it out under the sticker and t left no "air" bubbles and the Windex dissolved quickly.

It might work on a phone as well, but I never tried id.

 

I have used the method on other devices, so would almost certainly work here as well.

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Update in first post with image.
All bubbles and fog from my wrong application are gone over night.

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15 hours ago, mosen said:


Is already known which 3rd Party protectors would fit the Pro1?

There are several out there, and of different types. See the thread on screen protectors(!) and have a look at ebay and/or aliexpress. I'm currently using these ones

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I put mine on really badly, but still all but about 3 or 4 air bubbles disappeared over a few days.  But as soon as I did it I was pretty annoyed with myself and bought some replacements straight away.  I found these specifically for the Pro1, if anyone's interested (they also have an eBay store).  If only I had waited a few days; they just emailed me with 15% for Black Friday (if anyone's interested, use the code BLACK15).  That page also has a very detailed instruction video (if only I saw it beforehand there wouldn't be dust particles trapped inside).

As far as using Windex or harsh cleaners, I thought that was bad for any anti-glare coating on the screen?  Or is that just for old LCD screens?

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First thing I do recommend before applying a protector is taking a nice hot shower.

Then after getting dressed you have a nice humid room to work in with almost no dust particles left in the air.

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1 hour ago, Noob said:

I put mine on really badly, but still all but about 3 or 4 air bubbles disappeared over a few days.  But as soon as I did it I was pretty annoyed with myself and bought some replacements straight away.  I found these specifically for the Pro1, if anyone's interested (they also have an eBay store).  If only I had waited a few days; they just emailed me with 15% for Black Friday (if anyone's interested, use the code BLACK15).  That page also has a very detailed instruction video (if only I saw it beforehand there wouldn't be dust particles trapped inside).

As far as using Windex or harsh cleaners, I thought that was bad for any anti-glare coating on the screen?  Or is that just for old LCD screens?

I tried brotect once on my N900, it's garbage, my touchscreen stopped working correctly after applying.

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I have brotect on Jolla Phones, Jolla Tablet, intex aquafish, Xperia X and XA2 since years and all is good.
The Xperia X is most comparable to Pro1 curved screen from the devices i have and brotect sticks really good to the curved edges.
Also i think it is a move worth to support that protectionfilm24 listed Fxtec Pro1 by name already. Will buy some.
Maybe the resistive screen of N900 has other needs than capacitive ones.
I have a very cheap 2€ for 6pc foils on my N900 which work perfectly but still like brotect on glass screens.

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