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REMOVING OLD LCD SCREENSAVER FILM RESIDUE

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We have found after testing many different solvents that Loctite Activator works very well for removing LCD screensaver film residue in most Instances.** Activator comes with all Loctite Super Glue kits and is relatively inexpensive and cost-effective for removing residue. The activator's primary purpose as a solvent is to clean and prepare the surfaces before bonding with super glue. The kit can be found in most hardware, automotive and some supermarkets. It's also handy to have around the house for bonding jobs so this would not be a single-purpose purchase.

Disclaimer: The activator contains a Heptane base. Heptane has many applications one of which is a rubber cement solvent. We strongly recommend that you wear latex gloves when working with the activator as it can be absorbed through the skin. Like most solvents the activator is also flammable so do not use around open flame. Do not use the actual super glue in the kit or you will permanently damage your view screen or bond your fingers together! :>(
 

 

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Plastic LCD view screens consist of various chemical composites and are not created equal. **We do not guarantee that the activator will not damage your view screen so carefully follow this procedure. Start with a well lighted work area. Place the camera body on a soft cloth to prevent surface scratching or marring. Cover the margins around the LCD screen with masking tape in case you overshoot the edge of the viewing screen while cleaning. First test the activator in a very small portion of the lower right-hand corner of your LCD view screen. Do not touch any other portion of the camera body with the activator to prevent possible surface damage.

Proceed slowly once you have determined that the activator is removing the old residue and is not causing any damage to the plastic view screen surface. Do not shake the activator tube or it will drip all over your camera and work areas. Slowly work from right-to-left or vice versa gently scrubbing with the felt activator tip and wiping the resulting residue from the view screen using a soft microfiber cloth to prevent scratching. Deep pile microfiber cloths work well for this application. Apply lens cleaner to a clean microfiber cloth and wipe any remaining haze from the view screen once you have removed all of the residue.

Do not use any of the following solvents that we have tested as they do not work. They are highly flammable and corrosive to most plastics:

•Electronic Grade Isopropyl Alcohol (2-Propanol) 99.5% pure
•Common Rubbing Alcohol
•Denatured Alcohol
•Methyl Ethyl Ketone (M.E.K.)
•Naphtha
•General Purpose Ammonia Cleaning Solution
•Stoddard Solvent
•Acetone

 
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Many of the later model Minolta MAXXUMs and other DSLRs have snap on type LCD screen protectors and have essentially solved the problem of applying film-type protectors. For those of you that still have the non-snap type models here is a brief list of DSLR camera bodies that we have successfully removed film residue:

•CANON DSLR
•SOME NIKON DSLR

As always follow the above procedure carefully before proceeding on your camera body. Please let us know if you have had any success on your particular make and model and we will be happy to post the results here for others to reference. Thank you.

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