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HOW TO: Homemade Screen Protector for Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 10.06.03 - 18:32:59 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 24899x
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Like on Pocket PCs and other cell phones, screen scratches are always annoying, specially if it is a new device.
Because I don't like this kind of "body glove" cases which fits around a cell phone but prefer to use it without any cases I've decided to protect the PPCW.Net i-Mate screen with a screen protector, specially because I wear it in my trousers pocket most of the time (no, not in the same pocket like my keys but anyway).
However, unlike for Pocket PCs today there are no screen protectors available for Smartphones so I decided to do my own one. :-)

Here's what you need to start:

  • Duct Tape
  • Ball-Pen
  • Pocket PC Screen Protector
  • A pair of Scissors
  1. First you need an imprint of the Smartphone screen, so place the duct tape all over the Smartphone screen.
  2. Now use the ball-pen and paint around the outside of the screen. Just circle the pan a few times around the screen and make sure to slightly press it on the screen:
  3. Carefully detach the duct tape from the screen now and stick it on on the Pocket PC screen protector you want to use:
  4. Cut it out now along the line you've painted before on the duct tape:

That's it, now you have a one to one copy of your screen size.

Clear the Smartphone screen with a dry and soft cloth and remove the lamination sheet from the backside of the screen protector.
Now place one end of the screen protector on the Smartphone screen and slightly press the protector to the screen. The rest is easy doing like you add a protector to your Pocket PC screen.

Finally remove the duct tape from the screen protector and you are done!

Before you buy now any screen protectors, make sure they are soft enough to fit to the bow of a Smartphone screen. Unlike Pocket PC screens, Smartphone screens (mostly all cell phone screens) are not plain.
The best results I made in the past with CompanionLink Screen Protectors I personally don't prefer to use with Pocket PCs but it's the best I've seen so far for customized Smartphone protectors.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by steve on 11.06.03 - 23:22:48

awsome idea man, i wish i had done it when mine was new, does any 1 know if its possible to get a new case?

Posted by Craig on 12.06.03 - 14:36:31

I do believe you can get screen repair kits for this kinda thing. Haven't looked but have read about several peeps using them.

Posted by Laurence from Philippines on 13.06.03 - 19:22:50

I also made a screen protector for my new smartphone but instead of using a sreeen protector for PPC(like the one I used for my PPC) I used a transparent sticker. Its softer than the commercially available screen protector (and cheaper). I purchased it from the bookstore for around 22 cents (12 pesos). Its the size of a bond paper so you'll have to cut it to fit the screen. I saved the remaining portion for later used when I will replace it.

Posted by Owen smith on 13.06.03 - 21:10:35

I removed the scratches from the screen of my smartphone with some 'Brasso' polish

Posted by Edward Tan on 14.06.03 - 20:07:20

After yuou place transparent sticker on the screen, Does your viewing is as clear as without the sticker? I tried using 3M matte clear sticker. The result made my screen kinda grainy

Posted by Arne Hess on 14.06.03 - 22:48:46

Yes, it's kind of little bit more grainy than without but not as much as it is/was worth to post it (at least not with the screen protectors I've used). Why :?: Does your result looks grainy :?:

Posted by Browny from Salford on 15.06.03 - 09:54:39

Has anybody tried cleaning the screen with brasso?

Posted by Jimi A on 16.06.03 - 17:09:49

I would not recommend sticking duct tape to the screen of your phone / PDA as the adhesive will leave a residue which is hard to remove without solvent (which will screw up your screen). The tape shown in the picture looks like brown packing (or parcel) tape. This will remove quite easily.

For filling in little scratches use CD Doctor fluid, which is used for repairing heavily scratched CDs. I also use a CD protector sticker, cut to size, to protect my screen.


Posted by lenard arthur on 06.07.03 - 12:28:55

but how do you protect the easily scratchable call-keys?

Posted by Arne Hess on 06.07.03 - 14:09:19

I don't protect them and so far they don't have any scratches but the protected screen (the screen protector only) has some scratches.

Posted by lenard arthur on 09.07.03 - 10:16:54

what? they dont!? i have my second SAP already and both of their call-buttons scratch easily

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.07.03 - 13:08:11

No, I have it in use for more than a month now - day and night - and I'm carrying it without any other protections like cases and it looks like this:

Posted by sd on 23.07.03 - 14:21:15

my screen is already scratched were can i find a new case?

Posted by jim on 16.09.03 - 05:56:39

where can i buy a brasso polish here in the philippines?

Posted by RIch on 27.09.03 - 14:53:36

Who manufacturers this product? And where can I buy this?

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