Installation Instructions (GLASS)
Instructions for GLASS by Expert Shield (click here for Crystal Clear / Anti Glare)
Inspecting your GLASS Expert Shield:
Every GLASS is hand polished and inspected prior to packaging and the top protective layer is removed. Thus there is NO "Step 2" tab on the GLASS product. There is only the protective film on the bottom to protect the ESgel until you are ready to install.
Take the GLASS out of its white foam envelope and hold it up to a light source to inspect it. You want to make sure that there are no hairline cracks or impurities. If your GLASS is cracked or shattered - please contact us with your Order ID# at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Damaged Item / Wrong Item - Get in touch:
We have one of the best QC processes in place but mistakes happen and we ask that you give us a chance to make things right. We have a team of customer service heroes that answer all emails within 24 hours, 365 days per year. Just email us at email@example.com.
What could go wrong?
- Your GLASS by Expert Shield arrived cracked or shattered. Contact us right away for a replacement.
- Your GLASS by Expert Shield is the wrong size or model. Contact us right away for a replacement.
- Your GLASS had impurities and looks like there is trapped dust underneath. 99% of the time these are scuffs or marks on the bottom protective film and will be gone one you remove the "Step 1" layer and install the shield. Don't worry though, if after you peel off "Step 1", you still see those marks or specs, just contact us and we will replace it for you.
Prepare for Battle - Dust and Oil are the enemies!
Things to have ready: toothpicks, lint-free cloth, transparent tape or painter’s tape, glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol.
Trapped dust can really ruin a nice day. Here's how to get around it. To begin, you want to look for a dust free area and while it may not be the cleanest room in the house, it certainly can be the most dust free - your bathroom. The key is humidity, the denser / heavier the air, the harder it is for dust or other particles to float around. So either run hot water, use a dehumidifier or just ask someone to take a hot shower......and get out of the way!
Step 1: Clean and Cover
Now that you are ready, go ahead and remove that tape from your screen but keep it handy as you may want to use it one more time to remove dust right before you drop the GLASS down and install.
Practice aligning the GLASS onto the screen, some LCDs are not symmetrical so look carefully at the corners or the sides to see if there are curves or contours that would fit better if you rotated the GLASS 180 degrees. Go ahead and rotate it at least once to see if it is a better fit. You don’t want any corners or sides to overhang off the edge of the LCD or to touch any of the sides of the LCD bezel if the LCD sits below the frame.
Once you are happy with how it is aligned, use tape to hold the alignment to one edge so that you can DROP it back down a few times and make sure that it will fall correctly in place. The tape acts as a “hinge” to allow the protector to lift and fall in place repeatedly to confirm perfect alignment. You want to drop this at least 4-5 times to make sure the tape is holding the alignment. This is important as you will be dropping it down for good in a few minutes and will everything will depend on this hinge you have created.
It will not matter where the "Step 1" label is for GLASS as you will be removing it entirely to clear the way for the "DROP". You will want to have the tab accessible for easy and quick removal.
Now you are ready to expose the ESgel by removing the protective film (Step #1) and let the GLASS DROP into place and "cling" to the LCD. Remember Do NOT press down as you would with a normal plastic protector, the pressure of your fingers alone will crack the glass which is very thin.
Step 3: Peel back and DROP.
You can use that large piece of painter's tape one more time just to be safe that nothing fell onto your screen during all the practicing above. If fact, you most likely did touch the screen by accident or allowed a hair or dust from the packaging etc to fall onto the screen. Just to be safe, use the tape and just like you would to remove lint from your clothes, just place it on the LCD and peel off, repeat at least 2-3 times.
Now you are ready to peel back the protective layer labelled "Step 1". The key here is to remove the "Step 1" layer quickly and drop the GLASS quickly so that exposure of the ESgel to the air is reduced as much as possible. Hold the GLASS on its edges and prepare to drop the GLASS as soon as the "Step 1" layer is removed. The GLASS will drop into place just as you have practiced.
DO NOT PRESS. The GLASS will break if it is pressed while leveraged. Instead, just drop it down and let that "hinge" guide it down to the LCD.
The GLASS will "cling" immediately to the LCD, but also to any dust or debris once exposed, so you want to do this quickly without hesitation. This is why aligning it and practicing letting it drop in place a few times is important. Go for it...... Don’t hesitate now…..
REMEMBER: Avoid touching the clean LCD with your fingers while you install (remember all the trouble you went through to clean the screen) and NEVER touch the underside of the GLASS. Peel away just like a band-aid and watch the GLASS seal. Don't worry if you see bubbles forming, we will address that later.
Once the protector seals in place, it will be very difficult to pry back up due the the stiffness of the GLASS and the fact that many cameras have a bezel around the LCD making it hard to access the GLASS once it is installed. This is why aligning and practicing in the previous step was so important.
Step 4 - Rub out the bubbles and clean.
You are almost there. With your finger wrapped with our cloth rub and push the bubbles out to its nearest edge. Air bubbles will look like droplets of water and are easily rubbed or squeezed out to the side. If however you see bubbles with a dot or speck in the middle, that's dust.....see our section called Bubble Trouble (click here bubble trouble.)