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    Everytime i install a screen protector it always gets a speck or 2 of dust under it and it drives me crazy. Any way to prevent that?
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    Compressed air?
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    I used a microfiber cloth and was very careful.
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    Back in the day when I used them I would run the shower in the bathroom on hot to steam up the bathroom as much as possible. The moisture in the air catches the dust particles floating around and creates a temporary clean room. Allow the moisture to settle, wipe down the glass with a lint free cloth, I used alcohol wipes packets, the mild type used for cleaning LCD monitors. Apply protective cover.
    No more dust.

    With Gorilla Glass you dont really need a protector though.

    Forgot to add that you and your phone do not need to be in there while it is turning into a sana in there. Just try to keep the door closed as much as possible and turn off the central a/c for the 15 minutes this takes. After you turn the water off wait some time for the moisture to settle then do your work.

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    All of the above is very good advice, plus I thoroughly vacuumed the dust gathering surfaces, corners, mirror tops, counters, using our full house vac, so it wasn't blowing dust back into the room, and then mopped the floor.

    The screen went on flawlessly - not a molecule of dust anywhere in it or on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberte1342 View Post
    Back in the day when I used them I would run the shower in the bathroom on hot to steam up the bathroom as much as possible. The moisture in the air catches the dust particles floating around and creates a temporary clean room. Allow the moisture to settle, wipe down the glass with a lint free cloth, I used alcohol wipes packets, the mild type used for cleaning LCD monitors. Apply protective cover.
    No more dust.

    With Gorilla Glass you dont really need a protector though.

    Forgot to add that you and your phone do not need to be in there while it is turning into a sana in there. Just try to keep the door closed as much as possible and turn off the central a/c for the 15 minutes this takes. After you turn the water off wait some time for the moisture to settle then do your work.

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    There are still many things that can and will scratch gorilla glass. And I for one would rather have that scratch on a screen protector than than the phone.
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    All great advice. I have struggled too with dust, etc. and I am so anal retentive that nothing less than perfect will do.
    I quit using the wet versions because I toasted an X...DOH! So now I use the dry protectors and they are subject to dust more than the wet. I found the best thing for me is not to use clear but anti-glare or mirrored because you can be a little less than perfect. The mirrored ones are very cool looking but not that practical...lots of glare. Still get by with it though.

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    Great job, i would use anti glare but it totally detracts from the screen .
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    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    Great job, i would use anti glare but it totally detracts from the screen .
    I use the anti glare and agree, but I like the feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty_82 View Post
    I use the anti glare and agree, but I like the feel.
    It doesnt fly with a galaxy phone may aswell not have an SAMOLED phone
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    You are absolutely correct, it is definitely a compromise.



    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    Great job, i would use anti glare but it totally detracts from the screen .
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    The bottom edge is going to give you problems, I can tell right now.

    How did you toast your X? did you dunk it in solution?
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    No, after soaking it in boiling water (wanted it real clean) it quit working.
    LOL

    Actually one very tiny drop dripped off the protector and immediately rolled to the edge....it clearly seeped in between the screen and body and I knew I was in trouble.
    Sure enough, waited till the next morning and turned it on and "blip" the screen went blank. Phone was on but the screen was no longer working.

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    The bottom edge is going to give you problems, I can tell right now.

    How did you toast your X? did you dunk it in solution?
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    Actually this one has been on for over a month, no issues with any edges.



    Quote Originally Posted by seattle View Post
    No, after soaking it in boiling water (wanted it real clean) it quit working.
    LOL

    Actually one very tiny drop dripped off the protector and immediately rolled to the edge....it clearly seeped in between the screen and body and I knew I was in trouble.
    Sure enough, waited till the next morning and turned it on and "blip" the screen went blank. Phone was on but the screen was no longer working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0pusX View Post
    Everytime i install a screen protector it always gets a speck or 2 of dust under it and it drives me crazy. Any way to prevent that?
    Microfiber cloth or dust spray....or both. Be careful where you place the protector and phone when you're getting ready to apply it....look for any specs. Some protectors go on better then others...I've gone through some where you get that tiny little bubble that wont come out or the edge gets screwed up...drives me crazy. I just removed my screen protector today but it was one of the better jobs that I've done when i first put it on..came out perfect...no bubbles..nothing.
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    Lots of good info here. Humidity kills dust. I use compressed air to clear my phone and surface, but the trick is to wait "until the dust settles" then wash your hands and forearms like you are scrubbing in for surgery. Then make sure and have a sharp ridged card to work from the center out, clearing air bubbles. Don't worry about that during placement though, as that is step number 5 or whatever after you have prepped well. Practice helps, and almost always those of us that have done this ten times are pros.
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    I too am very anal about these things... iphone perfect, eris perfect, BB Storm 2 perfect but this DX... is a whole other level of screen size lol.

    I bought a 3 pack from Verizon and I totally messed up the first. I have never actually tried compressed air, I usually wipe with micro, wait for settling and then go. I got the second one on OK but not perfect...one side has a small...tiny spec of dust and its laughing at me... Ill have to try again.
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    I paid dude at best buy like 4$ I think they installed it and perfect no dust, bubbles, or anything I know I would have screwed it up

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    I use a microfiber cloth to clean the screen, then wait for dust to settle then see if there are still specs of dust after everything settle, then I clean it again by wiping the cloth over it but never lifting the cloth up, like a continuous motion if the phone was like a foot long and set the cloth on the table. Then I peal the screen protector with sticky side down and put one side on the screen. I take a credit card or license and scrape it from one side to the other. Works for me every time.
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