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Old 08-20-2006, 09:11 PM
bhamilt bhamilt is offline
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Hi there -- I just purchased a Clix, and am finding that it's practically impossible to apply the LCD screen protector film without creating all sorts of trapped bubbles! The underside of the protective film is sticky, so as soon as it touches 1 speck of dust or 1 strand of lint, it cannot be removed, and when the film is subsequently applied to the Clix screen, this creates a trapped bubble of air around each speck of dust/lint. The trapped bubbles RUIN the appearance of the screen. I've gone through 2 screen protectors already in the past hour, just trying to apply them to our new Clix, despite my best attempts to brush/blow off all offending lint before applying the screen protector. Does anyone have any solutions to this annoying problem? Thanks for your help!!
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Old 08-21-2006, 03:01 PM
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Ah - welcome to the wonderful world of screen protector film. What's even worse is when the edges get turned up and dirt gets under them. Then it's only a matter of time before the entire film starts to peel off (little by little).

I have found the following to work for me...this requires alot of patience and about 2-3 minutes (you can spare 2-3 minutes, can't you? And if you don't have patience, the 2-3 minutes will seem like 20-30 minutes.)

Expose a small portion of the edge of the short edge of the film (thus leaving the backing on the majority of the film). Line up and place that exposed edge on the MP3 Player's glass. The portion of the backing that you took off should be pulled/placed towards the opposite end of the player (think of an upside-down "Y") Take a credit card or other piece of stiff plastic and use that to slowly smooth out the film on the glass and to force out any bubbles on that edge that you just placed on the glass. If there are bubbles that you cannot get out, pull up gently on the film without removing it fully from the glass and use the credit card to slowly press down the film on the glass. Now continue this SLOWLY across the entire length of the film/glass until you get to the other edge. Trying to do this work quickly will almost always result in air bubbles. Then you have to pry up the edge of the film and start again (which you know by now really means that you will end up throwing out the film since you cannot pry up the edge without getting it dirty).

One other trick I use is to assume that I will get the final edge WRONG - so I laydown another piece of backing on the final edge of the glass. This allows me to pull up the edge of the film without getting it dirty. You then slowly peel this extra backing off the film at an angle while once again using the credit card to smooth out the bubbles.

Again, this takes PATIENCE. Many times, I put the flim on crooked and must start again.

Other tips - I make my own film covers by going to Staples or Office Max and look in the Clearance section for film covers for Palm Pilots or cellphones - something that is larger than the unit you want to protect. Then I cut down the Film to fit the unit (MP3 Player, cellphone, etc). This is usually a cheap way to get more film. I also cut the film to be SMALLER than the size of the glass I am covering. This makes it easier to place on the glass - and I have found that smaller film actually stays on the unit longer.
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Old 08-23-2006, 01:40 AM
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Thank you for your excellent advice! I am looking forward to trying out your suggestions. They are greatly appreciated!!
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Old 08-27-2006, 01:11 AM
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You can just do what I did and ordered a skin from www.bestskinsever.com

link: http://www.bestskinsever.com/servlet...ver/Categories

It takes a bit of time to get it on nicely, but once you get it right it's fantastic. I can't even see the skin without getting up close, and it protects it from scratches, front to back.
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Old 08-31-2006, 08:49 PM
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I think I'm going to try out those bestskinsever...$7 + shipping is not alot if it truely is a good as some of the reviews say...
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:33 PM
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Last post, I said I was going to plunk down the $7 for a BestSkinsEver for my iRiver Clix. Well, it was $8.49 (so shoot me) and I ordered it on 8/31. I recieved it on 9/5 - keep in mind that this was over a holiday weekend. The actual postmark on the envelope was 9/1 - now thats fast!). If you order one, make sure you keep an eye out for it in your mailbox. It comes in an envelope the same size as all my bills and junk mail - I almost threw it away!

Well, I finally got around to putting it on about 30 minutes ago. The instructions are well written and the product is relatively easy to apply to the mp3 Player. Basically, you get a bowl of water with a little soap in it, soak the "skin" in the water and place it on your mp3 Player (or cell phone, or PDA - it covers those too. Of course, these are customized skins so you have to order the correct one for your device.) The skin for the faceplate was pretty easy to put on and deal with - mainly cause it's flat. The 1-piece skin for the back and sides of the unit were a bit more difficult to apply but once the skin started to dry out, it got alot easier. There is a delicate balance needed between having it wet enough to move it around on the device and having it dry enough so it stays in place. The corner flap were the most difficult - but even the instructions tell you that if you wait some time for the water to dry up, it will get easier to get the correct placement and fit.

Well, it's on and looking pretty good. The instructions (and other posts that I've read regarding this product) indicate that it gets better looking in 12-48 hours as all the water dries up.

I must say at this point (30 minutes after putting it on), I am very impressed and willing to say that it's probably the best $8.49 (US) that I ever spent. I think I need one for my Cell Phone.

I will post again in a couple of days after it's completely dry and I get to use my player out and about with the skin on. We will see if it holds up...
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