How can I anti-dust-coat a monitor that was wiped down with alcohol?
August 26, 2004 9:58 PM   Subscribe

ScreenFilter! Coworker has used alcohol-based wipes to clean his monitor, removing the anti-dust coating. Now he has a streaky monitor that attracts dust. Is there a magic wand to make it all better? (Closely related to this recent query.)
posted by mwhybark to Technology (8 answers total)
Acetone will take the coating right off and won't harm the glass in the least. It can damage plastic, though, so you need to do the stripping carefully. A razor might help at the edges and corners.
posted by shoos at 10:47 PM on August 26, 2004

Response by poster: Aah...

I had in mind something more along the lines of restoring the coating.

/me watches tumbleweeds blow by, sun rises over blasted plain for an hour...

posted by mwhybark at 6:07 AM on August 27, 2004

A friend of mine damaged his screen similarly to this by polishing his screen with galss polish. He then removed the rest of the coating with a brillo pad. This left scratch marks all over the screen, which he attempted to eradicate using some (carefully researched) silicate paste (CD fixing type stuff).
The result, after two weeks of research and work, was a fuzzy looking screen.

He bought a new monitor.
posted by asok at 6:33 AM on August 27, 2004

A brillo pad?
posted by pealco at 7:58 AM on August 27, 2004

Response by poster: Great!

I'll pop off to the store for a box of brillo pads directly! Do you recommend the fine, all-metal variety, or the green scotchplastic pot scrubs?

(also: glass polish?)

I must admit, that story made me chuckle.
posted by mwhybark at 9:29 AM on August 27, 2004

Don't use an abrasive. You just scratch glass, you generally can't polish it (outside of an optics lab). If you must, use the finest grade of jeweler's rouge you can find.

You're much better off using the acetone (hardware store in the paint section) and a lint-free cloth.
posted by bonehead at 10:43 AM on August 27, 2004

nonono, he wants to restore the coating, not take the rest off. No brillo pads, no acetone.
posted by bob sarabia at 12:23 PM on August 27, 2004

Response by poster: </irony>

Sorry, forgot to close the tag, there. Probably didn't render in-brower. Won't happen again.
posted by mwhybark at 6:21 PM on August 27, 2004

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