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Davidros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I recently installed one of those three for three dollars cheapo screen protectors from a vendor through amazon. Now that I've removed it, I've noticed that the screen isn't as smooth and easy to glide your finger tips across as it was prior.

I've used Innovera's screen wipes, soft moist paper towels & a lint free microfiber to clean the screen but it's still not glossy and smooth. Makes playing games like Space Invader really difficult. I'm considering applying goo gone to the surface, but I remain hesitant for the time being.

Any suggestions on how to restore the texture of the screen to original condition, or at least recommend a better screen protector?

iPod Touch 2nd Gen 16gb, iPhone OS 3.0.1
  • 1. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    Frank Deale Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I put on the Zagg Invisible Shield. It is more expensive and a bit annoying to get on, but having done it, I'm very pleased with it. Not sure how to deal with the residue from your previous protector.
  • 2. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    the screen is glass. If windex won't remove the residue, try alcohol or goo-gone, followed by windex. don't apply any fluids directly to the screen-apply only to a clean cloth.
  • 3. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    Davidros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Isn't windex or any ammonia based cleaner a big no no for touch digitizers or anything LCD? Similarly, I've always used alcohol-free wipes on my screens.

    It's been emphasized by apple and retailers to never use it on a desktop or laptop's glass display or matte display -- I assume this applies to ipod touches as well? I'm wondering if goo gone would be safer. It's citrus, although the acidic properties could be damaging too?

    I may try some of those iKlear "singles" but I'm not sure if they handle sticky residue.
  • 4. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    injektion Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Cant say ive ever had any problems with windex on my computer monitors, including my laptops LCD.

    Just dont spray it directly onto the screen and you should be fine.... Ive done it with all of my digital camera displays as well, never encountered a problem... If the touch screen is pressure based then as long as no liquid gets UNDER the screen it shouldnt matter.
  • 5. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    Davidros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Actually, the digitizer doesn't operate through pressure response. The glass stores an electrical field that is more or less disrupted by the finger's touch. That interruption or discrepancy in relation to the screen is converted to coordinate data. That said, I don't know why windex would be harmful to glass covered LCDs and Digitizers other than I've read not to use anything ammonia or alcohol.
  • 6. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    injektion Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Ahhh well i didnt know that! haha

    Well windex has their all natural formula and im not sure if that uses ammonia or alcohol.

    Isopropyl is fine to use on LCD screens after some googling, just dont use Ethel Alcohol.
    They say a 50/50 mix of ISO alc and water is a pretty good mixture.
  • 7. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    for gawds sakes! the Touch screen is GLASS. It's not like an LCD monitor screen (unless it's covered in glass). For an LCD screen like on my laptop, I only use Kleer Screen. Don't confuse the Touch screen with "LCD" issues of being damaged by ammonia, etc.
  • 8. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    injektion Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Regardless Windex wont hurt the screen

    seriously it only takes five seconds google it

    Just spray it onto a cloth and clean it, don't douse the thing but put a spray on a cloth and rub it around.
    read on three other mac forums and three other third party websites.
    Its more straightforward than your thinking, i promise. I know apple has screwed up the OS recently but im pretty sure they took into consideration that most people use cleaning products to wipe the screen.
  • 9. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    that's what I've been trying to tell the OP--Windex is FINE for a glass screen. then others come in yapping about LCD's. who cares--what they are cleaning is NOT an LCD screen, per se.
  • 10. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    Davidros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Alright. I've read over and over again not to use windex, that the glass is "different" or treated or sprayed with some coating (what, I don't even know) that ammonia erodes. (Someone once called me crazy for using windex on my own MBP's glass screen).

    Still I haven't found anything to verify why it would be harmful. A lot of people seem to think windex is fine for macbook and ipod glass screens. Regardless, the ipod touch is now sitting in front of me with a coating of goo gone waiting to be wiped off.
  • 11. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    injektion Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    There is no explanation because there is no reason!
    lol

    as long as you dont douse the screen with windex and you make sure to wipe it all off then there wont be any trouble at all.

    The real question is... Whats worse, an odd goo encasing destroying comfort-ability of the touch screen and degrading its functionality or the mysterious coating that nobody seems to be able to verify even existing being rubbed off?
  • 12. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    You did the right thing. the screen will be FINE. It's not even an oleophobic screen such as on the 3GS iPhone.
  • 13. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    Arnie001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Don't use windex or any glass cleaner! The manual for iTouch (which I downloaded from the iTouch site) says to use a simple lint-free cloth, which is slightly damp but not soaking wet. Any chemical cleaner could damage the iTouch
  • 14. Re: Cleaning Screen & Removing Adhesive Residue?
    Zarra Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Try using scotch tape or masking tape and dab at the screen lightly until the sticky residue has been removed.
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