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Old 01-25-2007, 06:47 PM
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im sure this has been asked before,but what do you guys use too clean the chartplotter screen on your gps, with out afecting the sunscreen film on the chartplotter , i have a rm c80 not sure what to use with out stripping the sun film thanks shawn from ludlow ma
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a microfiber towel and water works well - or get a lens cleaning kit from the wal mart eye glass store ...that is if you like wal mart ..to many here that's taboo....
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Cleaning the display
CAUTION: Cleaning the display
Take care when cleaning the display, to avoid damaging it.
(1) Do NOT wipe the display screen with a dry cloth, as this could scratch
the screen coating.
(2) Do NOT use acid, ammonia based or abrasive products.
Regularly clean your Display as follows:
1. Switch off the power to the Display.
2. Wipe the Display with a clean soft cloth. To remove oily finger marks use a spray
cleaning agent of the type used for cleaning eyeglasses.
A suitable micro-fibre cloth is supplied with your display and spray can be purchased
from your local optician.
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I use Armor All glass wipes. It works great. Have not scratched the lens.
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sooner or later... no matter what you do... you will scratch the screen....get a navprotector.com..this is not an advertisment ..do a seach that's what we all use now....even if your screen is new....then you can clean it with a broom if you want....
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tpp517 - 1/25/2007 7:13 PM Cleaning the display CAUTION: Cleaning the display Take care when cleaning the display, to avoid damaging it. (1) Do NOT wipe the display screen with a dry cloth, as this could scratch the screen coating. (2) Do NOT use acid, ammonia based or abrasive products. Regularly clean your Display as follows: 1. Switch off the power to the Display. 2. Wipe the Display with a clean soft cloth. To remove oily finger marks use a spray cleaning agent of the type used for cleaning eyeglasses. A suitable micro-fibre cloth is supplied with your display and spray can be purchased from your local optician.
Raymarine's seem to scratch easily. (but they are good about warranty)

I would add to the above instructions to rinse with fresh water (no jet /power spray) after power off, then let dry, then wipe with lens cleaning cloth,(not 'clean soft cloth' as that could imply a terry cloth rag, or cotton cloth, or 50/50 cloth, all of which will scratch Ray Marine's ridiculously fragile screen covering)
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For $10 at sunglasses hut you get a glass cleaning kit with mf cloth (the softest I've ever seen) and a bottle of spray with free refills for life. Works great on the GPS and the MF cloth (with warm water) works great on my DLP when friends kids leave their hand prints.
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Glen,

Have you found that nav protector as good as purple moo? Certainly any protection is better than none. PM took a long time to get and it is 2X more.

Thanx
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Hey Hemi Ram, try using a dry spot on your shirt and spit or better yet a lil fresh water.. works evertime....
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Denatured alcohol (not isopropol) mixed 50:50 with pure water. I put it in a labeled plastic bottom and pour a little on a corner of a microfiber cloth and wipe the screen clean. Then wipe dry with the dry part of the cloth. I also use the alcohol mixture to clean many other parts of the boat including my hands.

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I use alcohol also with a microfiber towel, but I like to hit the screen with a burst of compressed air first. I do this with all my optics as well to blow any grit outta there so it doesn't get ground into the glass.

And, I can confirm that navprotector is: easy to apply, works well, and has GREAT customer service. I just ordered one for my Blackberry as well as all my boat electronics.
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Raymarine says to use only distilled water and the smooth type micro fiber cloth that comes with unit. I keep a spray bottle with distilled water on boat. If there is any salt spray on screen I make sure the salt is very saturated with the distilled water before removal.
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You'd better be really, really careful even with using the Raymarine instructions. I was meticulous in cleaning my screens exactly as Raymarine says and they are still scratched. If you get any overspray or dirt on it whatsoever, I found it impossible to keep scratches off. I've already sent one of my units back to the factory for screen replacement and now I am back to square one. So I am actually going to remove the antiglare, install navprotectors and be done with it. Some THT'ers have done that. They sent me pictures of their units and honestly I can't tell the difference. If your unit is new, I would get the navprotector as soon as possible. Don't take the chance..... I believe you will be disappointed, but maybe it is just me.

Good Luck!
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I checked the web site: navprotector.com and they recommand changing the screen protectors every two months? Are you guys doing this?
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pegneck - 1/28/2007 9:22 AM

I checked the web site: navprotector.com and they recommand changing the screen protectors every two months? Are you guys doing this?
huh? no way.... my navprotector is going on a full year and I see no reason to change it...it's like the 1st day I put it on...
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anyone ever used a product call screen patronus they are all over ebay
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sorry I just found their web site you need to replace them every 2 mths and they are attached with a sticky backing. looks like purple moo is the deal
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Thanks, just ordered me one.
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beleive me.... have used both for several years - moo is no where near as good at navprotector--easier to put on and maintain...
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Yep,I just ordered a copy of NavProtectors for my Northstar's 6000i's.....they sound like the best out there!

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