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How to Successfully Install a Photodon® Screen Protector

December 14, 2022 | By Jenny Sockol

Now that you have your Photodon screen protector or privacy filter, are you feeling intimidated by installing it? The instructions included in your installation kit explain and show just about everything you need, but sometimes it's still helpful to have a little extra explanation. So that you can gather the extra knowledge for a successful screen protector or privacy filter installation, please keep reading.


Installation Steps

You can definitely install your screen protector or privacy filter with success. All you need to do is read the instructions, take your time, and possibly have some help. Again, it is to your advantage to read the instructions first, have patience, and enlist help if possible.

These installation videos will be of help as well:

How to install a Photodon screen protector on a laptop – YouTube
Photodon Screen Protector installation on a 27" Monitor – YouTube

1. Clean your installation area

If you have a vacuum with a soft brush head, use that attachment to carefully remove dust from the device screen and surrounding area. Then, use either the included microfiber cloth and Anti-Scratch cleaning spray, or the Zeiss wipes from your installation kit to clean the device screen and surrounding area. This will reduce the amount of dust and debris available to find their way under the screen protector during installation. You can continue with this cleaning process at any point during the installation.

2. Try the test piece that came with your order

This sample piece's purpose is to ensure you approve of the film type and behavior before installing the actual screen protector. First, pull back the bottom liner about an inch and then place that exposed adhesive on your screen. Second, use either your finger or the squeegee to help apply pressure and allow the test film to fully adhere onto your screen as you pull off the remainder of the back liner. You can use the squeegee to push out any remaining bubbles. Third, remove the front liner from the top of the test screen protector piece. Pull the orange sticker and use the squeegee if necessary to fully adhere the edges again.

Now you can try out the test screen protector. Get a feeling of what it looks and feels like on your screen. If you do not like it, do NOT unpackage your actual screen protector and contact us here at Photodon by emailing [email protected]. If you are pleased with the test piece, you can remove and discard it.

3. Verify the size of your screen protector will fit on your device screen

Now go ahead and take the screen protector out of its bag and hold it up to your screen. Ensure there's a slight gap between all four sides of the screen protector and the edges of your screen. That gap is supposed to be there so it is easier to install. If the screen protector does not fit, do NOT attempt to install it and contact us here at Photodon by emailing [email protected].

4. Clean your device screen and the screen protector

As before, use either the provided Anti-Scratch cleaning spray and microfiber cloth, or the Zeiss wipes, to remove dust and fingerprints from the device screen and your screen protector.

5. Begin with the bottom liner

Use the protruding clear tab to pull back the bottom liner about one to two inches. Line up that edge of the screen protector with the exposed adhesive to the edge of the device screen. Be sure the slight gap that you confirmed earlier is present so that the screen protector is properly centered on the screen.

6. Adhere the silicone backing to your device screen

Allow the edge of the exposed adhesive to touch and begin adhering to your device screen. If the screen protector does not make full contact on its own, you can push down on it to start the process. Now, while holding the screen protector in one hand, use the squeegee in your other hand to begin sealing the screen protector to your device screen. As you make progress, pull back more of the bottom liner to expose more of the silicone backing.

As you approach the end of the installation, look over the screen protector one last time to ensure there are no dust particles trapped underneath and that you are happy with the alignment. Remove the rest of the bottom liner to allow the screen protector to fully lay down on your device screen. To aid this, you can continue using the squeegee to adhere the screen protector into that last corner. Feel free to use that squeegee or your finger to seal down all the edges of the screen protector.

What to do if you see small bubbles during the installation process

If you notice small and completely clear bubbles during installation, do not worry about them and continue with the installation process. You can push out those small bubbles out to the nearest edge with the squeegee when you are done with the installation. See below if there is a speck in the bubble.

What to do if there is dust under the screen protector during the installation process

Small bubbles with a speck in the center indicate a dust particle under the screen protector that need to be removed. If you want, you can circle that dust speck with a marker right on that top liner in order to keep better track of it. You'll need to find the small white square of dust removal foam tape that came in your installation. Remove the liner on the tape to expose the adhesive. Next, pull back the screen protector past the speck and touch the dust removal foam tape to the dust particle. Note that dust normally sticks to the adhesive side of the screen protector.

At this point, it is a good idea to look for other specks before continuing with the installation. Gently wipe the screen with your microfiber cloth to remove any potential dust.

What to do if you see large bubbles during the installation process

If you notice big bubbles during installation, slowly lift up the screen protector far enough to remove the bubbles. Once the bubbles are gone, continue the process to continue applying the protector.

What to do if the screen protector is crooked during the installation process

In the event the screen protector's alignment is off, carefully remove it and start over.

7. Remove the top liner

Pull up and back on the orange sticker until the top liner is removed. Lastly, you might need to seal the edges of the screen protector again. If that is necessary, use the squeegee or your finger to do so.

Installation Kits

An installation kit is included with every screen protector or privacy filter order, and it contains everything you need for the installation process. Here is what is included with each of our kits:

Standard Installation Kit (MX2022)

Our standard installation kit is included with all screen protectors under 32 inches. You can also purchase one separately.

Contents:

  • Instructions
  • (2) Zeiss wipes
  • 6" x 7" silky microfiber cloth
  • Small squeegee
  • Dust removal foam tape

Deluxe Installation Kit (MX101)

Our deluxe installation kit comes free with all screen protectors 32 inches and bigger. You can also purchase one separately.

Contents:

  • Instructions
  • 1-ounce bottle of Anti-Scratch
  • 1-ounce bottle of Staticide
  • 6" x 7" silky microfiber cloth
  • 14" x 14" microfiber cloth
  • 12" x 16" suede microfiber cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Dust removal foam tape
  • (2) pairs of latex-free rubber gloves

Mobile Installation Kit (MX102-M)

Our free mobile (in-dash) installation kit includes a microfiber pouch to keep in your glovebox or purse. You can also purchase one separately.

Contents:

  • Instructions
  • 1-ounce bottle of Anti-Scratch
  • 6" x 7" silky microfiber cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Dust removal foam tape
  • Microfiber travel pouch

Privacy Filter Installation Kit

Our privacy filter installation kit is complimentary with each non-adhesive style privacy filter order.

Contents:

  • Non-adhesive privacy filter instructions
  • Double-sided adhesive strips
  • (2) Zeiss wipes
  • 6" x 7" silky microfiber cloth
  • 14" x 14" microfiber cloth
  • (1) pair of latex-free rubber gloves

Extra Installation Tips

Hopefully this information has proven helpful for you. As a result, you should be able to successfully install your screen protector. Everything you should need is in your installation kit. To clarify again, read your instructions, take your time, and have someone help you if possible.

Photodon employees are always happy and ready to help with any questions you may have about your screen protector installation. If needed, don't hesitate to contact us at 847-377-1185, M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, or email us at [email protected].

Photodon's New Partnership with Accessibility Services

August 19, 2022 | By Jenny Sockol

Photodon is excited to announce its partnership with Accessibility Services Incorporated!

Who is Accessibility Services, Inc.?

Since 1991, ASI's mission has been to address the needs of severely disabled individuals. Its autonoME system utilizes various input methods including touch, voice, eye gaze, switch scanning, or a head mouse. This one-of-a-kind system helps people with severe disabilities such as ALS and spinal cord injuries realize and regain their independence. 

autonoME Hospital, one of the devices in the autonoME system, is the world’s first patient environmental control unit. The autonoME Hospital has a fully integrated TV experience as well as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). autonoME users enjoy the visual and verbal feedback, single and dual switch scanning, multiple access methods, and direct selection features. The autonoME Hospital’s AAC capabilities allow patients to communicate regardless of their limitations or disability.

A Partnership is Formed

In early 2022, a customer who uses a tablet as his primary means of communication contacted Photodon. He wanted to protect the screen, but more importantly he wanted to protect his vision from blue light and eyestrain from glare during frequent use. After research and testing, Photodon landed on our AGB film as a potential solution. We received very positive feedback from our customer and decided to make AGB a regular offering. We reached out to ASI, who recognized the potential benefit of an anti-glare, blue light filter used in combination with their AutonoME system.  

After their own testing and review, we are excited to announce Accessibility Services, Inc. will implement Photodon’s AGB film. The AutonoME Hospital screens will now be able to improve eye comfort and safety during use!  

Learn More About Our Custom Solutions

You can read more about Accessibility Services here. You can also read more about Photodon's new AGB film here.

Photodon employees are always happy and ready to help with any questions you may have. If needed, don't hesitate to contact us at 847-377-1185, M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, or email us at [email protected].

Save Your Company Money with Photodon Screen Protectors

June 29, 2022 | By Jenny Sockol

Your business depends on so much to be successful. One of the most important things that ensures profitability is your production schedule; getting your product to your customers is of utmost importance. Many situations can happen to alter that schedule, and we know how inconvenient the lost money and downtime can be. If your machinery or devices suffer a damaged or broken screen, know that Photodon can help!

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The Two Most Important Things to Consider When Buying a Screen Protector

August 4, 2021 | By Don Basch

Screen protectors first and foremost protect screens from irreversible damage such as scratches, dings, and harsh cleaning chemicals.  You can also use them to help protect your health, increase privacy, and reduce glare.  Most importantly, preserving your screen clarity makes your device useable for more years, saving you money and helping the environment.

The very first screen protectors in the early 2000s were transparent and glossy.  Manufactures have, over the years, added features to increase the usefulness of these screen savers.  The first was to create an anti-glare material, and they did this by etching the outer surface.  While this made an anti-glare, it also resulted in pixeling (distortion of the screen image).  These early versions of anti-glare were not suitable for close-up viewing of text or for color-critical applications.

This image shows the basic structure of a screen protector.  Anti-shock material would have an additional layer on top of the base layer.

Technology has since improved and advanced to correct pixeling and has gone on to solve many other problems.  Manufacturers now offer clear, anti-glare, anti-microbial, blue-light cut, privacy, shock-absorbing, hard-coated scratch-resistant, ultra-thin flexible materials, and many other specialty materials.  Most screen protectors are used on flat screens and adhere to the screen with silicone resin.  The new ultra-thin products usually have a higher adhesion and can bend and adhere to curved surfaces such as phones that wrap around OLED screens and large curved monitors.

When purchasing a screen protector, it would seem like a simple, straightforward decision, and it can be if you want general screen protection.  But for those who have a unique application or need to purchase for a product that you or your company are manufacturing, you need to get the best screen protector that meets specific standards or requirements.  For instance, will the device be used indoors or outdoors, be used on an office monitor, a drawing tablet, a vehicle in-dash vehicle in-dash, or a public kiosk?  Each of these devices have special considerations.

1. What is the main reason(s) you are looking to cover your device screen?

a. Extending the life of your device

  • Most screen protectors cover the screen to keep it looking new.  However, cheap screen protectors may not have the clarity you need.  A higher-quality screen protector with other features may better fit your needs.

b. Reducing screen surface glare

  • Glare reduction is accomplished on a screen protector by two methods:  etching or, most recently, by applying nanoparticles evenly over the outer surface.  This newer method creates a much better image than the anti-glare materials of years ago, significantly reducing past pixeling issues.
  • If it is most important to maintain image quality, reading text, or working with color-critical applications such as Photoshop or prepress work, you are best served by considering a light anti-glare or no anti-glare (glossy) screen protector.  Medium to heavy anti-glare screen protectors will gray out in sunlight when viewing from the side.  In addition, for some color-critical applications, consider purchasing a monitor hood to reduce ambient light on the screen.  A monitor hood puts nothing between you and the screen image and takes some of the overhead and side light off the screen. Photodon makes monitor hoods for almost any monitor for both office and industrial applications.

c. Protecting from excessive cleaning or harsh cleaning chemicals

  • These can degrade the screen when cleaning repeatedly, especially with chemicals such as bleach or alcohol.
  • Using the wrong cleaner on a screen can permanently damage the anti-glare and other coatings of your device.

d. Reducing fingerprinting

  • Fingerprints on a touchscreen such as in a vehicle can be incredibly annoying; using a light anti-glare screen protector will help with this issue.  Avoid higher anti-glare in vehicles as they tend to gray out when viewing from an angle.  Oleophobic coatings allow the removal of fingerprints more easily by utilizing a microfiber cloth.

e. Eliminating most germs and microbes

Anti-Microbial

  • If you have concerns about germs and microbes on your touchscreen, especially on a shared device, an anti-microbial screen protector may be the product for you.  The top layer contains zinc, and microbes cannot live on surfaces that contain zinc.

f. Protecting eyes and help with sleep patterns

Blue Light Cut

  • Help regulate your sleep patterns.  Blue light from the screen can disrupt your body's natural production of melatonin.
  • Reduce eye stress; reducing blue light reduces eye stress related to long hours of screen viewing.
  • Screen protectors that block the Ultraviolet spectrum act more like filters because they filter out most UV and the highest end of the blue light spectrum.  Filters work in both directions so that a blue light cut material will protect both the display from direct sun and the user from any UV and higher end blue light.

g. Protecting information on the screen

Privacy Filters

  • Privacy filters reduce visibility of information on your screen from side viewing, while keeping the information on the screen visible to the user.  They also protect digital gear from damage and glare, as well as reduce UV and blue light.
  • There are three versions of privacy filters:

–Two-way, which provides privacy from the left and right (or top and bottom depending on the orientation of your screen), with fully backed adhesion.  This type is recommended for one installation only, as removing and re-installing will result in an unclear viewing area once it is reapplied.

–Two-way, which provides privacy from the left and right (or top and bottom depending on the orientation of your screen), adhered with adhesive tabs.  This type is easier to apply and can be installed and removed many times.

–Four-way, which provide privacy from both sides, the top, and the bottom.  These have fully backed adhesion and are best used on tablets, phones, and kiosks.  This type is recommended for one installation only, as removing and re-installing will result in an unclear viewing area once it is reapplied.

For more information on how privacy filters work, visit our blog:  How are Privacy Filters Made, and How do they function? (photodon.com)

2. Where is the screen device being used?

Does the environment require a special purpose screen protector material?

a. Harsh environment

  • If using your device in environments such as an auto shop with diagnostic equipment or for fieldwork, you may want a higher scratch or shock resistance screen protector for your touchscreen. Anti-shock protectors give you an added level of protection by adding an extra layer of shock-absorbing material laminated to the primary layer.  In addition, these anti-scratch screen protectors have a special hard coating applied to the top surface.  Shops and manufacturing facilities using a human-machine interface (HMI) are examples of environments where these film types are helpful.

b. Public transportation

  • If you do a lot of traveling on public transportation, a privacy filter may be an excellent choice to keep information on your screen private to only you.

c. Busy open office environments and any business that needs to adhere to HIPPA

  • If you work in a medical, financial, or government setting, privacy filters will also be the best choice to keep information private.

d. Church

  • Churches often have big screen TVs and have found that glare is an issue.  Anti-glare protectors prove to be the best for better visibility.

e. Restaurant or other public place

  • If multiple users are using an ordering system such as in restaurants or stores, chances are there are germs and microbes on the screen.  Our anti-microbial film reduces germs and microbes by 99%.  Hopefully, the screens are being cleaned regularly, which is another reason a protector would benefit in this situation.

If you want a quick answer as to what type of film to purchase from the Photodon website, click this link to our film type questionnaire.

We are happy to help you with any question you may have.  If needed, please contact us at 847-377-1185, M-F 9:00am – 5:00pm EST, or email us at [email protected].

Reduce Glaring on Your Vehicle’s In-Dash with a Photodon Screen Protector

June 29, 2021 | By Jenny Sockol

Who doesn’t love how technologically advanced vehicles’ in-dash screens have become?  And who DOESN’T love how these wonderfully interactive screens seem to catch every glare imaginable from the sun?  If you are searching for a way to still see and use your in-dash screen – even in the glaring sunshine – look no further than to Photodon’s selection of anti-glare films.

Anti-Glare Film Types

Photodon has choices of anti-glare film types, which you can read about on our site.

Other than the obvious benefit of reducing the glare on your vehicle’s screen, a Photodon anti-glare screen protector also cuts down on visible fingerprints and makes it easier to see the screen.  Both of these benefits are important for safely driving your vehicle.

MXH

Photodon’s most popular film type for vehicles is our 25% anti-glare film called MXH.  MXH offers the lowest percentage of anti-glaring, making the screen still fairly clear with just enough matting to cut out the brightest sunshine.

Samples

Still unsure of which anti-glare film type to choose?  That happens, especially when you don’t have anything in your hands to try out first in your vehicle.  Just know that anti-glare isn't the only option for your vehicle. If you'd prefer a clear screen protector, our clear 9HO is a great option. Samples could be the answer for you, and you can order those here.

Screen Protectors are Available for All Vehicle Makes and Models

25% anti-glare MXH installed on a 2020 VW Golf GTI

If you don’t see your vehicle after searching for it on our site, not to worry.  We can still provide a screen protector for you!  Just visit our custom cut page and create your order.

We are happy to help you reduce the glaring in your vehicle.  If needed, please contact us at 847-377-1185, M-F 9:00am – 5:00pm EST, or email us at [email protected].