Oleophobic coating

oleophobic coating

Keep your screens clean with oleophobic coating; no more stains, smudges or dirt!

Everyone hates that moment when they turn off their smartphone and suddenly, out of nowhere, hundreds of dirty fingerprints appear, smeared across the screen and silently accusing. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer these scourges anymore. All you need is an oleophobic coating kit.

Oleophobic coatings are the most used anti-fingerprint coating on screens and glasses.

Not sure what “oleophobic” is? Let us explain, and introduce the best anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating kits for your needs (including prices).

So, what is oleophobic coating?

Oleophobic literally means “afraid of oils”, and it refers to moelcules or substances that have such a strong aversion to oil they appear to repel it. If you have ever tried to combine oil and water you have seen this effect for yourself, they simply will not mix. An oleophobic coating is a coating made from an oleophobic substance, providing a layer of protection between the substrate and your oily fingers using the wonders of nanotechnology.

Comparison of treated and untreated phone screen; the oleophobic coating does not let the oil spread.

Comparison of treated (below) and untreated (above) phone screen; the oleophobic coating does not let the oil spread.

You’re already more familiar with oleophobic material than you think; one example is fluoropolymer-based substances, better known as Teflon!

While one of the the most obvious uses for oleophobic coatings is your smartphone or tablet, the protective properties of this product mean it has applications everywhere. As well as being oil-repelling, the coating is also:

  • Self-cleaning
  • Non-corrosive
  • Non-wetting
  • Anti-icing

Good to know: lipophobic is a term sometimes used instead of oleophobic. Lipophobic means “fat fearing”, and the two words mean almost the same thing.

The anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating for smartphones

You know that slick feeling of a new touchscreen, or a smartphone right out of the box? That feeling is an oleophobic coating!

Most touchscreen devices include an oleophobic coating as part of manufacture. Unfortunately this wears off with time, use, or alcohol-based cleaning products. Fortunately, if this happens you can purchase an oleophobic coating kit and apply the coating yourself.

Oleophobic coatings vs. Gorilla Glass and tempered glass

“Gorilla Glass”is the brand name of the glass that makes up many of the touchscreens we use daily. Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Huawei, HTC all use it. Gorilla Glass is a form of toughened glass, therefore it has an increased capacity to resist and contain flaws, as well as crack resistance, and it comes with its own oleophobic coating. This also helps prevent scratching. Tempered glass protectors are thin layers of strengthened glass applied to a phone screen to protect it from damage. Tempered glass also has an oleophobic coating. It is important to remember, however, that neither of them is scratch proof!

3 easy steps to apply the oleophobic coating kit

So, your fingerprints don’t wipe off so easily anymore, and the mark from your ear after a phonecall is, quite frankly, alarming. You probably need to renew your oleophobic coating. Luckily this is an easy process and can be done at home. You can apply anti-fingerprint oleophobic coatings fast with the right kit, in three simple steps:

  1. Clean the screen with a microfibre cloth (usually included in the coating kit)
  2. Apply the coating liquid to the screen. This may be through drops or wipes, and may be required multiple times.
  3. After the liquid has dried, wipe the screen with a cloth and away you go. Good as new!

The best oleophobic coating kit UK – prices & where to buy

If you are looking for an oleophobic coating kit, your best chances are online. Here are the top rated products:

Oleophobic coating kit Price (RRP) Product type
 Crystal Armor Fusso Phone Anti-Fingerprint Oleophobic Coating Kit 3 ml £20.00 Drops
 Shark Proof Liquid Glass Wipe-On Oleophobic Screen Protector £15.00 Wipes
 Crystalusion Liquid Glass Protection Kit; Gadget Protection  £8.50 Wipes
LiquidNano Glass Screen Protector £15.00 Wipes

Like the original coat, none of these products will last forever. They should, however, provide you with grease free screens for some time, with Shark Proof even suggesting a full 2 years of protection.

Oleophobic coatings and sprays for more than screens

There are many industries besides smartphones that use oleophobic coatings for their products. Glasses and lenses use these coatings, as do clothing and shoes, cars and windscreens, machinery and motors, in addition to their use on ceramics and glass in kitchens and bathrooms. We spend our lives surrounded by oil-repelling coatings and we barely notice it.

Oleophobic coating spray is the most common consumer product; you might have used it yourself, on the windscreen of your car or on the glass of your shower. “Oleophobic” is a bit of a mouthful, and consequently most products call back to the technology that allowed their creation, instead using the word “nano”. Much easier.

2 replies
  1. Martina
    Martina says:

    I have 2 part painted mdf kitchen doors in dark navy. It shows every finger print. No handles just push open… any suggestion for an anti fingerprint treatment? There is 8 doors. Thanks martina


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