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Monitor question

9 Mar 05

So I have two monitors on my computer, both Mitsubishi Diamond plus 19” models, with one crucial difference. A few weeks ago I cleaned them both (with Screen Clene no less) and my secondary monitor did this:

picture of my screen, minus anti-glare coating

Arrrgggghhh!” I said. Or something to that effect anyway. I had partially removed the anti-glare coating from my screen, and now it’s a complete mess � I’ve resorted to making windows two thirds the height of that screen so I don’t have to peer through the scratches… You can see here how utterly annoying it is:

another picture of my screen, minus anti-glare coating

Anyway, I was looking into a solution tonight and came to one conclusion, I’m screwed. Basically it seems that there is no way to restore the coating. According to Sony:

The coating cannot be repaired & scratches cannot be removed. (The only cure is replacement).

And although I cannot find official word from NEC-Mitsubishi, I assume the same applies. See, screwed.

Then I had a thought, perhaps I could take the monitor to pieces and remove the anti-glare coating altogether? Sure, the monitor would be too bright, but I don’t often use it during daylight hours (because I’m usually staring at my display at work instead), and I could always adjust the brightness right?

So after a little googling I found an article enitled ‘How to clean a computer monitor’ which offered this handy tip towards the end:

Absolutely DO NOT use rubbing alchohol if you have a monitor with an anti-glare coating (anything but a really cheap or old one). It will remove the coating. I learned the hard way.


Whaddya think, should I give it a go?

Posted by Alex Turnbull, Wednesday at 09:20 PM


Posted by Baconator at March 10, 2005 10:09 AM

Yeah, take the rest off: its the bin otherwise. Throw the other one away, though, the one that takes 10 minutes to warm up..

See you at BBQ DEFCON :D

Posted by at March 10, 2005 03:30 PM

just get one of these ought to be ok

i need to get my iiyama replaced which i really cannot be othered doing!

Posted by daniel at March 10, 2005 03:34 PM

i think you may be a little crazy….

Posted by at March 10, 2005 09:54 PM

You realise this was just your sub-concious making an excuse to buy a TFT…or two…

Posted by olly at March 10, 2005 11:40 PM

“Must. Buy. TFT.”

It’s not really subconscious is it…

Posted by Alex at March 11, 2005 12:26 AM

You can go 19” for 200 -

Shamed by your monitor? Girls laugh at your pathetic display? Click Here!

Posted by at March 11, 2005 12:41 PM

Do it. Doo it. Doo iit.

Posted by at March 17, 2005 03:29 PM

Also scratched my Dell Trinitron by simply cleaning with soap water, spent a few days trying all types of removers including limescale to get rid of the remaining coating but failed, Then opened it up to find a stupid plastic stuck on glass screen as the “anti-glare coating”. Its just darkened clear plastic which easily pealed off, so monitor is perfect again. From what I read on net, it was supposed to be vacuum sealed coating that can never be repaired or removed easily, and I almost threw monitor away because of that.

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