Screen Cleaning

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  1. SeanA

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    I made the mistake of cleaning the screen on my Sony 34" XBR with an ammonia-based glass cleaner for the first 6 months. Now I seem to have smudges on the screen that won't go away. (The smudges are only noticeable when light reflects off the screen and I am looking at the screen from an angle of about 45 degrees or less). I bought a glass cleaner (Glass Plus) without ammonia, but it just seems to move the smudges around. I am hoping someone can help with the following questions:

    1) Is there a cleaner available that is specifically made for CRT screens, and where can I find it ? Should I not use Glass Plus ?

    2) Is it possible I have destroyed the anti-glare coating on my screen ? And is it possible the smudges are the remains of the anti-glare coating ?
     
  2. Jack Briggs

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    Yes, you may have ruined the anti-reflective coating. You should have run a search here before attempting to clean the XBR's screen. This topic comes up from time to time.

    While your anti-glare coating may be gone, your picture tube is still quite fine.

    If you want to use a convenient fluid for such a purpose, use a non-amonia-based fluid for cleaning eye glasses. Or you could use a fluid intended for cleaning computer-monitor screens.

    And always spray the fluid on an optical-grade super-soft cloth and then clean the screen. Use another such cloth to dry the screen and to wipe away any streaks.

    Or, if you're willing to spend a little time, use a combination of distilled water and light detergent for cleaning, and wipe again with distilled water only to remove any soapy residue. And wipe yet again with a dry cloth to remove any streaking.
     
  3. SeanA

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    Thanks Jack,

    I did find the topic on screen cleaning a few weeks back, and that is why I stopped using standard glass cleaner... but alas too late.

    I will take your advice. Do you know if a place like Office Depot would carry the computer cleaning fluid and optical grade cloth ? I have tried the Targets and Kmarts and can't seem to find specific screen cleaning products.
     
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    Try an eye doctor's office for one (which is where I get my cloths and fluid). Obviously, the super-soft cloths minimize the chance of scratching that expensive screen.

    Computer stores stock monitor cleaners.
     

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