Instructables
Did you always want a screen protector for your cellphone or other electronics but it cost a little too much for a piece of clear covering? Well here's a guide that will show you how to make your own screen protector for no cost (assuming that you have clear box tape, soap and water in your house)

Requirements:
Dish Soap
Water
Wide clear tape, not the small scotch tape but the wide clear tape you use for sealing boxes.
Razor

Make sure you clean the screen free of oil and any small particles.

 
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Step 1: Mix the Soap and Water

Add two or three drops of dish soap into the cup of water and mix

Step 2: Apply the soap/water solution onto the screen.

Put a dab or two of the soap/water solution onto the screen, then spread it around the screen. Try your best to get rid of the white soap bubbles. Do not wipe the soap/water solution off. The solution makes it easier to get rid of the air bubbles under the tape.

Step 3: Apply the strip of tape onto the wet screen.

Put a strip of tape on the screen and then press against the screen like crazy>=] to get rid of the air bubbles. Make sure the tape touches the outside part of the screen (in this picture, the silver part of the razr) so it wont move when you cut the the tape.

Step 4: Cutting the tape

Cut the outline of the screen. Some devices has small gaps between the screen and the body so it will guide your razor. If it does not have a gap then use a ruler to guide the razor. Make sure your cutting it slowly and lightly. When your done then pull off the outside scraps slowly..

Step 5: Be patient..

Do not touch the screen or you will move the tape around (dont forget there's slippery soap solution under the tape and it will move if you touch it). Let it dry for an hour or two =D and then you can touch the screen all want.. =D.

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acabrera71 year ago
*ring* *ring* Hello Moto!
georion2 years ago
Excellent !!!
ppaulson3 years ago
cool but can u take it of? or does it stay on forever?
abadfart3 years ago
thanks i just did this on my lg cosmos hopefully ill get 2 years out of this phone like i did the first generation of the cosmos
zero8385 years ago
OMG I HAVE THAT CUP!
I wish i had that cup :(
can i use it on my psp? and well will it work will it keep it from getting scratches or smuges.
I just tried this on my DS Lite. Works like a charm. On the touch screen and top. And you can't notice the scratches that were there before you put the screen protectors on. Only problem is I couldn't use the soap/water mixture. It turned the glue on my tape a dull white. I couldn't see my screen! :P. So I just put a new one on without the soap and water. Screens' a little sticky after. but still, it comes out with a bit of water.
RF29294 years ago
Worst thing you can do is to smoke around electronic equipment or people or animals. Smoking should all be banned, indoors and out.
rownhunt4 years ago
http://www.findtape.com/product463/Patco-5560-Polyethylene-Removable-Protective-Film-Tape.aspx?cid=19&idx=8&tid=1&info=Film+Tape screen protector in 36 yard rolls its very cheap and it can be bought in 12'' wide rolls. And it comes in transparent orange!
CapnTac4 years ago
Is this safe on a touch screen? I just got a new LG Neon.
D@V1D CapnTac4 years ago
Umm you should be careful since if the knife strays, it may cut through the tape and onto your screen (owch!)
Tonocm CapnTac4 years ago
yeah.. is it safe? i have a new nokia 5530
ERCBIENG Tonocm4 years ago
Yes. The most important part is that you don't get water into the speaker or any other crack.
abaneyone4 years ago
 Could this be done with a 14 inch laptop screen?
if u hav 14 inch tape
wehe-tehe4 years ago
NO WAY ME TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dhuynh2895 years ago
do u think this will work on an ipod touch/
it should if you have wide enough tape, just be careful when cutting the hole for the home button. Because the home button is plastic and it cuts really easily :(
i just got a mp3 nothing would happen right its black so would it discolor it or something
Gortess5 years ago
i wonder where you can get packing tape like this that is about 2.5" thick?
for meh psp =)
valr6 years ago
Hi, this makes me think... my children always scratch their x box an wii games and I know how to fill the scratches with paste wax, but it doesn't always work. Anyway, at the game store we found a product that is a decal like a screen protector that you apply when the disc is new. The only prob- I can't find them again. I'm thinking that I could use laminating film or clear contact paper with your method!
Jason_G valr5 years ago
Sounds like you're referring to D-Skins.
rwyoanng5 years ago
i used it on my blackberry curve it works great thanks
davidbacsik7 years ago
No residue, etc after you remove it? Any stickyness on the screen?
Usually won't leave a residue, but if it does, use a drop of Goo-B-Gone and a Q-Tip or tissue and it'll all come right off. I used this method on my RAZRs when I had them, worked like a charm! I'll be trying it on my Blackberry Pearl soon...
zetlin5 years ago
hi does your screen turn white (i mean the tape)
sglider126 years ago
Sweet! Now I can put something over my Zune's screen. (It's getting scratched so...yeah..) thanks
ya i keep my iPod in my pocket so the screen gets scratched
lemonie7 years ago
While the screen may be protected, your surface is Scotch tape, which picks up the scuffing & damage. This is like protecting your sofa by covering it in plastic - it doesn't look any better, and what you are tying to protect (that looks good) is hidden, never to be seen. Hope the point is appreciated - what you value in looking good, you are obscuring from view by protecting it.
temp lemonie6 years ago
when the tape gets a little scratched you can easily replace it. But if you didn't have the tape then you get a big ol scratch on your screen, which can't be replaced.
minfu2 lemonie6 years ago
He is NOT using scotch tape. he is using CLEAR packaging tape. And isn't it the point of this instructable to make the tape get scratched, not your screen? Just a note, this instructable is to protect your screen, not to make it look good.
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You said it in "when they take them off there eyes are fine" - when does this get taken off so it looks fine? L
finallytomorrow (author)  lemonie7 years ago
That is true and you do make a good point! Scotch tape is soft and scratches easiliy . Scotch tape is cheap and replaceable unlike a scratched cell phone screen. Even though the screen may be replaceable it most likely will cost more than the cell phone itself. Even if the tape gets scratched up you can easily replace it and no one will notice afterwards. Most of the time when you or other view your cell phone the scratches are hidden when the LCD light is on.
Mr.Pancoast6 years ago
this is perfect i use it for any screen that i think will receive damage and it even protected my camera from a minor razor blade scratch
iantwiddy7 years ago
how would you do it with a new 5th generation ipod video 30gig? I ask because the screen and the body is one piece, they put a piece of plastic over the whole face, so i cant cut while its on there...it will scratch it badly, there's no little channel inbetween the screen and body... :[
Just cover the whole ipod DUH!
finallytomorrow (author)  iantwiddy7 years ago
haha thats true. maybe you can measure it out, cut it and then apply it to the ipod?
I just applied the tape, and now I'm letting it dry. It looks good!
slasher7 years ago
i dont hav the razor wta else should i use to cut it
finallytomorrow (author)  slasher7 years ago
haha a sharp knife?
basically
inchman8 years ago
If your screen is wider than a normal piece of tape, put one size down, let it dry, the rewet the remaining part of the screen and most of the tape (to overlap the tape.) Then finish as you would normally. Works awesome on my i700 Palm! Thanks for the idea.
finallytomorrow (author)  inchman8 years ago
haha never really thought about that. this idea may come handy for a psp =D...
zachninme8 years ago
I like it! I have wanted to put a screen protector on my NDS Lite's bottom screen by opening it up and going over the edge, to eliminate "flat edges" (where the protector doesn't cover the edge, and a stylus gets stuck in it), but I could never find one just the right size. Thanks for the tip!
finallytomorrow (author)  zachninme8 years ago
haha thank you for the comments! im glad to help people out!
Robotrix8 years ago
how easy is it to get the tape off when it gets scuffed up and you need to change it?
finallytomorrow (author)  Robotrix8 years ago
It's easy, just rub one of the corners and part of it will detach from the screen
aquax8 years ago
I think I'll try this on my as-of-yet unscratched SE W600i phone. I wonder if a stiff plastic credit card could help squeegee out water and bubbles...
aquax aquax8 years ago
I just did it on my W600i. It's still drying, but looks great! No need to squeegee any bubbles out, I only had one or two really small ones. Thanks for the great instructable!
finallytomorrow (author)  aquax8 years ago
Haha if you happen to ever do it again please do not use a credit card. Tapes gets scratched easily so use something soft instead. And if you asking, why would you use tape if it gets scratched easily? Its better for the tape to get scratched than the new W600i of yours =D... Thank You for the comments!!
Ummm.... not trying to be mean here, but I thought a screen protector was meant to protect the screen from scratches. "Do not touch the screen or you will move the tape around", so when you brush this against your leg or anything for that matter, the tape will come off? I'm not really getting this...... Wait perhaps you're not supposed to touch it until it dries? Then you can touch it all you want? A little help here, please......
finallytomorrow (author)  FrenchCrawler8 years ago
Haha sorry for the confusion. I updated the last step =D. And yes, You can touch it all you want after it dries.
That's all right, at least now others won't become confused..... Great idea by the way.
gigman8 years ago
Oh by the way nice instructable!
finallytomorrow (author)  gigman8 years ago
Haha thank you for helping FrenchCrawler out and the comment.
gigman8 years ago
Yes I think your not supposed to touch it until it dries. Its similar to the method used in putting decals on cars, the soap and water prevent the tape from sticking right away so you can get all the air bubbles out and make sure its positioned right. Then the soap/water mixture dries and the tape sticks.