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Introduction

Use this guide along with an oleophobic coating kit to restore the oleophobic coating on your device, or to add an oleophobic coating to your screen or screen protector. These kits can also be used to treat other glass surfaces, such as eye glasses, watches, smartwatches, and more.

The coating requires 8-12 hours to set, so it’s best to perform this procedure before bedtime.

What is an oleophobic coating?

Modern smartphones feature an oleophobic (oil-repellent) coating that protects the screen, improves smoothness, and reduces fingerprints. This coating consists of a thin layer of fluoropolymer-based solids (similar to Teflon) that is bonded to the glass.

Over time and use, this coating will wear off, and you may notice parts of the screen getting greasy or dirty with fingerprints more easily.

  1. How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Clean the surface: step 1, image 1 of 2 How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Clean the surface: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Use isopropyl alcohol to thoroughly clean the surface you are planning to apply the coating to.

    • Wipe the screen dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

  2. How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Prepare a wiping finger: step 2, image 1 of 3 How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Prepare a wiping finger: step 2, image 2 of 3 How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Prepare a wiping finger: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Read the next three steps before you attempt the procedure. The oleophobic coating's liquid solvent evaporates very quickly when applied, so you'll need to work quickly.

    • Wrap one finger in a bit of plastic. You can use a sandwich bag or some plastic wrap.

    • You will use this covered finger to rub the coating liquid onto the screen. This will prevent your finger from absorbing the liquid.

    wonder if rubber or latex finger protectors will work

    SZCthebandit ‖ - Reply

    What happens if your finger absorbs it?

    Ciabbale - Reply

  3. How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Apply the coating to the surface: step 3, image 1 of 3 How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Apply the coating to the surface: step 3, image 2 of 3 How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Apply the coating to the surface: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Apply 10-15 drops of the oleophobic coating liquid onto the surface.

    • If you are coating a large surface such as a large phone or tablet, apply ten drops to a portion of the screen, and work on one portion at a time.

    Where can I purchase this coating?

    franjoe1516 - Reply

    You can buy this coating from aliexpress for $1

    Xiaomi - Reply

    What is the name of the liquid

    Kail - Reply

  4. How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Distribute the coating: step 4, image 1 of 3 How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Distribute the coating: step 4, image 2 of 3 How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Distribute the coating: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Wipe your plastic-covered finger over the surface with quick, light swipes until the liquid evaporates.

    • You don't need to rub very hard—you're just spreading out the coating molecules onto the surface before the solvent evaporates.

    • If you applied the liquid to only a portion of the surface, repeat the liquid application and rubbing procedure to the remaining surface.

  5. How to Restore or Apply an Oleophobic Coating, Give the coating time to set: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Do not touch the surface for 8-12 hours in order to allow the coating to bond to the surface.

    • For best results, apply the coating before bedtime, so it has all night to bond.

    • Afterward, you can wipe off any residue remaining on the touch screen with a clean microfiber cloth.

    • Repeat this process 2-3 times to fully maximize the oleophobic coating performance and film durability.

    When you say repeat this proccess 2-3 times, does this mean 2-3 times before you leave it overnight or 2-3 nights in a row you do this process once?

    Slobodan Erak - Reply

Conclusion

Done properly, this results in a perfect oleophobic coating on your device.

Your device will still collect some fingerprints, but the oil left behind by your fingers will be greatly reduced, and easier to wipe off.

Reapply the coating every 1-2 months or as needed.

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Very interesting guide. Awesome.

Do I have to remove the coating that is on the device when it's new?

Especially when the coating has some very small scratches?

And if yes, how to remove it?

Thanks

Peter Gordon - Reply

I recommend avoiding this for the iPhone 6. The curved screen simply directs the liquid into the casing.

Alex Pappajohn - Reply

Tried this with my iPhone 6. Seems to work pretty well. I'll do a few more quotes. I noticed this actually had a beneficial effect on screen scratches. Filled them in pretty well, blends with the screen more.

Talk about a happy accident!

ckeyser - Reply

one comment says not to use it with iPhone 6 and another one says it worked ok, so what do I do? is it any dangerous? because I bought it before your last comments but I still havent used it since I'm worried about what can happen

Salvador Martinez -

The part of the instructions that are a problem is testing with drops of water - The case of the phone might catch these drops and allow them inside the phone. Just don’t test it with drops of water and you’ll be fine.

Robert Backhaus -

I always have problems with my screen, sometimes I can't see anything on my LCD.

Praska - Reply

Will Rainx do the same thing?

Seminole iFix - Reply

RainX is hydrophbic, and not very durable anyway.

chrisM -

Great tutorial. Would this product also help make glass touchpads work better with sweaty, clamp fingers?

Jbove - Reply

A very helpful guide thanks a lot.

Ivette Carlier - Reply

So easy great thanks

Seibors - Reply

Nice works well

Filbotres - Reply

Where can I buy an anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating kit? I’ve looked online but only found screen protectors, not the liquid.

Alexis Bruslé - Reply

You can by the kit here:

https://www.island-trade.com/iglaco_oleo...

I updated the article also.

Sari Shimazu-Shelton -

Will this work on eyeglasses?

keith - Reply

Don't. It will just ruin it

Seth Loh -

Will this work on a glass phone? I just got the new moto e5 plus in mineral blue…. and the whole phone is like one big blue mirror.. fingerprints on all sides… ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….. but it’s gorgeous, and I knew that going in…

Dennis - Reply

SOLVED.. … And didn’t have to buy a thing…

I used my bottle of “Meguiar’s PLASTX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish”

Applied it with a cotton tshirt rag.. rubbing it in thoroughly… let it sit for 2 minutes.. then buffed the entire phone with another cotton tshirt rag…

Now fingerprints don’t show up on the screen, or anywhere on the glass body of the phone…… Amazing…… and CHEAP !!!

Dennis - Reply

I can't seem to find any anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating kit online. How long does the screen stay oleophobic and how often do you need to redo the process?

Krakatau -

I’ve updated the article with a source where you can buy an oleophobic coating kit:

https://www.island-trade.com/iglaco_oleo...

By the way, the coating lasts for about 30 days.

One bottle has is enough for up to applications (depends on screen size)

Sari Shimazu-Shelton -

could this be used on the back of the ceramic xiaomi mi mix? thing is impossible to handle without getting fingerprints on it when you have the case off.

Jakob b - Reply

How do you say 1-2 min than 2-3 days 6-8 hrs each day curing time

David Griffin - Reply

It is 1-2 mins of work. Then you can leave it while you sleep.

It is usually OK after 2 hours, but it is best to leave overnight.

Layering the next day does improve performance, but it’s apparently optional.

Sari Shimazu-Shelton -

folks , those that are worried for their curved screens, just put some tape to cover the point where the glass joins the body and use the fluid as you wish, just don’t remove the tape while the fluid is not cured.

B. D. - Reply

tissue made of wood is abrasive. crappy directions. use a lint free cloth which unlike tissue is not made of wood.

James Micallef - Reply

If your tissues can scratch glass, I dread to think of the state of your skin.

Sari Shimazu-Shelton -

Am I the only one to think it’s funny to test an oleophobic coating with water? ;P

H. Mijail Antón Quiles - Reply

Good point! You could test with oil as well, but it is just a bit more messy to clean up afterwards…

Sari Shimazu-Shelton -

All Iphone screens are flat. Not sure what Alex Papajohn means. But it should work well (the same) on all Iphones

Gael Duvivier - Reply

You’re actually applying an oleophilic (hydrophobic) coating, very similar to the chemical composition on RainX for car windshields, which will also work in pinch for your electronics.

The oleophilic (oil-loving) coating allows any greases or finger oils to smooth to a very thin layer at low contact angle to reduce blurring, and does the opposite for water with high contact angle beading.

Roger Clark - Reply

There is another seller? He doesn’t send to my country

Haim Avivi - Reply

Ciao.

Nel tentativo di rimuovere con polish un piccolo graffio sullo schermo del mio smartphone, devo aver rimosso il trattamento oleofobico in quella zona ed ora mi è rimasto un piccolo alone (come quando si cerca di rimuovere un graffio sulla macchina per intenderci).

Lo schermo era freddo e spento quando ho fatto questa cosa

Vorrei sapere se con questa procedura posso riuscire a ripristinare l'aspetto uniforme o non ottengo nessun risultato o, ancora peggio, faccio danni.

Premetto che il telefono ha 1 mese di vita.

Simone Gallone - Reply

Hi Simone!

This product should be able to repair the problem, but the results may not last very long.

Ciao Simone!

Questo prodotto dovrebbe essere in grado di riparare il problema, ma i risultati potrebbero non durare molto a lungo.

Arthur Shi -

Hi Arthur, thank you very much for your answer.

If I will apply a protective glass layer on the display do you think I could solve for more time? Maybe orever?

Thank you in Advance,Simone.

Simone Gallone - Reply

I mean, using this kit and then applying the glass protective layer

Simone Gallone - Reply

Hi Simone,

This kit will not remove the scratch. If you are applying a glass protective layer, do not use this kit as it will not help. The product has no positive effect to the glass protective layer.

Arthur Shi -

Thank you very much for

Simone Gallone - Reply

Questo trattamento si puo applicare anche alla cornice di metallo dell’iphone 12 pro in modo da eliminare le impronte digitali o e sconsigliato usarlo su un prodotto diverso dal vetro?

in altenativa che prodotto si puo usare che faccia al caso mio?

grazie

Enzo - Reply

qualcuno può darmi indicazioni sul mio quesito? grazie

Enzo -

Hey guys, will the oleophobic coating clog the earpiece speaker at all? When I applied it I accidentally poured a bit directly into the earpiece… waiting for it to cure right now so can't really test it yet. Phone is iphone 13 pro so it's water resistant.

Jianyi Sun - Reply

I’m not sure! Let us know what your results are.

Arthur Shi -

Where can you find the oleophobic coating in liquid ?form like you show on images? I am assuming that as a liquid being put on especially in multiple layers/applications would allow for more uniform and thicker protection? Rather than the suggested link which has an applicator which would in theory both apply and remove the liquid at same time thereby not allowing it to lay as thick ??

Brian Miglionico - Reply

Also regarding this ☝?, can you use a *Liquid Glass* screen protection like the kind from “Prooftech” and then use an oleophobic coating over it?

I am assuming the liquid glass will fill in any minute imperfections and increase scratch protection, then the oleophobic coating will add to smoothness and oil/finger print prevention/protections…?

Found these ???? As always mixed reviews but I guess all products do. Got to research and as always “buyer beware.”

Luvvitt Liquid Glass Screen Protector for All Phones Tablets Watches Apple Samsung LG iPhone iPad Galaxy S20 S10 S9 Note 10 11 Plus Ultra Pro Max Nano Hi-Tech Protection https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XCYVBSC/ref...

OLEOPEL Oleophobic Coating Kit for 3 Applications | Anti Fingerprint Wipe On Liquid for All Smartphones Tablets Smart Watches Glasses Camera Lenses and Touch Screens - Bottle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0918TXQ4N/ref...

Brian Miglionico -

Hi Brian,

I haven’t used the products you linked before; it seems like you should be able to apply the oleophobic coating on top of the liquid glass.

Arthur Shi -

Does this kit work for a laptop screen?

Λέανδρος Παπαδάκης - Reply

Thank,but where can I get that product?

Mboje Daniel - Reply

How durable is this coating? 1-2 months seems crazy.

Travis Lamming - Reply

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