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Streaks and poss. dmg clean'd E153FP FP LCD monitor- Help?

by Herbo13 / July 17, 2006 1:56 AM PDT

Hi Everyone. I own a Dell E153FP Flat Panel Color LCD Monitor. It was smudged and I believe I used a paper towel w/ a light amount of Windex on it to wipe it down (oops!). So I noticed whitish "streaking" on the screen and possible scratches (??), so tried the recommended method of a clean soft cloth and with a solution of 1:1 Isopropyl alcohol and water, but it seems it even more streaked now. Is there any way to get my monitor screen repaired, back to normal, or whatever? Any store products that would totally clean this mess up or I have damaged the monitor permanently. Thanks in advance!

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And why I just use LCD cleaning wipes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2006 2:19 AM PDT

I don't bother with home made towels and solutions.

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Really damaged now...
by GeeBee / July 17, 2006 11:17 PM PDT

..that you've used Windex on it. Plastic screens do not take kindly to having any quantity of strong chemicals rubbed onto them. Windex (for glass) also has ''plastic cleaner'' for just this reason.

Now that you've scratched and damaged it, there's no going back to the way it was, and cleaning the damage won't help. Just goes to show....that monitor manual wasn't in the box as packing!

It may be possible that a damaged screen can be buffed / polished (which makes them shiny) by means of a very mild polishing chemical, but this is a skill only to be tried by people who know what they're doing with plastics, chemicals, and polishers. In other words, you'd have another completely different set of manuals and instructions to not read! Wink

Try Google : plastic polishers (and your location)


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Try this
by jsm55555 / September 28, 2006 4:32 PM PDT

I had the same problem - I didn't use alcohol, but my screen was so streaky that it was driving me nuts. After all failed, I tried using silicone to give the screen a 'new' finish. Silicone grease can be purchased from electronics supply stores (Allied Electronics, etc). I took a VERY small amount and dabbed it on the screen, then used a soft cloth (I used one of those 'Swifter' dusting cloths) to distribute a thin layer of the grease over the screen, then polished it until the silicone appears to be gone (it isn't).

The screen looks good as new and seems to have pretty good anti-glare characteristics. I tried the spray silicone, but the propellent seems to streak the screen - it might work if you spray it directly on the cloth and allow the propellent to evaporate.

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