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ebmcs03

Active Member
Dec 22, 2017
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So Cal
Bubbles and dirt is all dependent on the installers experience.

I was able to install my plastic protector without bubbles and lint underneath.
 

chronopc

Active Member
Jul 8, 2017
2,873
2,719
California
I did. Scotch tape didn’t remove any of my bubbles. The squeegee did. Scotch tape removed some of my dust hehe
Bubbles are usually caused by dust getting between the protector and the screen. So I will lift up the screen protector and use scotch tape to remove the dust. Pretty much what the person is doing in this video.

 

Goosby

Member
Aug 18, 2018
118
61
Boise Idaho
Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I thought it better than creating a new one asking the same question.

I am considering buying an abstract ocean screen protector and have read a few people complaining about the matte version making the screen look fuzzy and causing rainbow effects with polarized lenses. How severe is the distortion, if at all? I’m also thinking about the gloss version instead of matte if the above issues are true since it should, in theory, be just as clear as the screen itself. Not having my Model 3 yet, how bad is the screen glare with/without the gloss protector? I know it’s a subjective question, so am prepared for mixed answers.

As an alternative to Abstract Ocean, has anyone tried installing PPF over the screen, and if so, how has the functionality and clarity held up? Since I’m generally not capable of simple tasks, I might ask my PPF installer to take care of the screen as well, if there are success stories, when he wraps the exterior.

My biggest concerns and reasoning for screen protection are finger prints and scratches. Neither my wife or I generally drive around looking like Liberace, but I’d like to save myself the heartache if others have found success/benefit from having screen protection.
 

mike8472

Member
Mar 31, 2016
16
3
Chicago, IL
I was not thinking of getting one at all until a sales associate showed me the screen on the Model 3 on the floor....it was trashed. Scratches all over it. Granted that is worse case usage. It was enough that I ordered the AO glass protector.
 

malciv

Member
Jul 11, 2018
61
23
Central NJ
Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I thought it better than creating a new one asking the same question.

I am considering buying an abstract ocean screen protector and have read a few people complaining about the matte version making the screen look fuzzy and causing rainbow effects with polarized lenses. How severe is the distortion, if at all? I’m also thinking about the gloss version instead of matte if the above issues are true since it should, in theory, be just as clear as the screen itself. Not having my Model 3 yet, how bad is the screen glare with/without the gloss protector? I know it’s a subjective question, so am prepared for mixed answers.

As an alternative to Abstract Ocean, has anyone tried installing PPF over the screen, and if so, how has the functionality and clarity held up? Since I’m generally not capable of simple tasks, I might ask my PPF installer to take care of the screen as well, if there are success stories, when he wraps the exterior.

My biggest concerns and reasoning for screen protection are finger prints and scratches. Neither my wife or I generally drive around looking like Liberace, but I’d like to save myself the heartache if others have found success/benefit from having screen protection.

I had the same concerns and ended up ordering the non-matte tempered glass screen protector from AO a few days ago. I can't provide hands-on experience with the matte version, but I can tell you the deciding factor for me was sitting in a 3 with the sun coming in the back windows without a real problem. I am also tinting my windows which should limit the direct sunlight on the sceen to begin with.
 

BioSehnsucht

Model 3 LR
Apr 1, 2016
1,787
4,800
DFW, TX
I've only had glare problems (stock screen, still haven't removed the screen protector that we're supposed to remove) when the sun is at an angle to the car such that I am getting alternating bright and shadow areas, the contrast makes it more difficult to read the screen. If it's fully lit it's fine.
 

ceekz

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May 14, 2018
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467
Sacramento, CA
Took a ride in a colleague's 3 (okay, he let me DRIVE it the day after delivery!) and found that the screen did not work well with my polarized sunglasses but I haven't seen many posts about this issue. I'm waiting on a VIN but I've already ordered a polarized filter screen protector from evamped. (It was hard to find a polarized version.) Hope it cuts down on glare, since the screen is not adjustable.
 

chasemym3

Member
Apr 10, 2018
41
16
Riverside, CA
I also got the Abstract Ocean protector (non-matte version). I was also worried about display quality and would rather put up with some glare than distort image resolution, hence my choice. Probably not necessarily but I always wondered if something flew into the screen (i.e. passenger phone slipping during a hard brake), I'd rather have some sort of protection than none at all. Plus I've had plenty of phones with latest gorilla glass that's supposedly difficult to scratch but somehow always managed to, so I'm treating the screen the same way. For $30, worth it.

My only gripe is I put it on a bit crooked (about 0.5mm from being level) which I obsessed about for first couple days but now I don't notice. I also had a few bubbles which I thought wouldn't go away but after a day they were gone, so don't worry if you don't get it perfect.
 

BioSehnsucht

Model 3 LR
Apr 1, 2016
1,787
4,800
DFW, TX
What’s this screen protector that comes with the cars now?

Imagine a cell phone right out of the box. There's a plastic protector on it you're supposed to take off. For cell phones it will usually have an obvious tab sticking out to make it easy to pull off.

The one on the 3's screen is so well fit that usually it's hard to tell if it's still there, and often the car is delivered with it still in place. There's no pull tab or overhang to make it easier to notice and remove. Mine hasn't gotten messed up yet so I've left it on for now. Leaving it on may eventually lead to phantom touch issues but so far I've had no problems.
 
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fseir

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May 1, 2016
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509
Honolulu
The fingerprint resistance of the HD tempered glass AO screen protector is excellent. I can only compare it to the default film that came with the car, but I rarely have to wipe the screen anymore.

Glare has never been a factor for me, but I live on an island, and rarely drive in straight lines long enough for it to bother me.
 
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whatthe2

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Dec 16, 2016
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1,117
Denver, CO
I’ve never been a fan of screen protectors. However, I recently noticed a tiny scratch on my iPhone X. Have no idea how it got there, but it bugs me every time I look at my phone. So I’m reconsidering.:cool:
 

ebmcs03

Active Member
Dec 22, 2017
2,116
1,066
So Cal
I’ve never been a fan of screen protectors. However, I recently noticed a tiny scratch on my iPhone X. Have no idea how it got there, but it bugs me every time I look at my phone. So I’m reconsidering.:cool:

I love the glass screen protectors for phones.

However I got the plastic extra clear HD protector. Works great! It’s enough to protect fingers poking at it. The car screeen doesn’t take nearly as much abuse as phone screens do.
 

rdlink

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Jul 12, 2018
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Colorado
I bought the Abstract Ocean 9H tempered glass matte protector, and I am ecstatic with it. First of all the big issue with the screen to me is the glare. I don't normally like matte screens, and I have refused to ever put matte on my Macs, iPads, or iPhones. But this is different. I can't hold the Model 3 screen at a different angle to reduce glare, and it's incredibly important that I can see the screen well at all times, since it's got safety stuff going on there.

Once I decided to do a matte protector the 9H tempered glass was kind of a no brainer, because it's much easier to install than the plastic films are.
 
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