17" Screen Protector

17" Screen Protector

Has anybody applied protective film on the touchscreen? Any concerns or suggestions?

hoffscot | 23 January, 2013

I applied a photodon screen protector:

MXH-3185-06 17" Diagonal - 14.5 x 9.02" (367 x 228mm) - HD Anti Glare Film

I took it to Kinko's and cut a few mm from each edge and then it was easy to apply and so far working well (just about 60 days so far). its firm enough to apply easily.

good luck.

DouglasR | 23 January, 2013

I never took it off.

TeslaLABlue | 23 January, 2013

I dont feel a need to use a screen protector. Also dont on my iPad or iPhone.

It reminds me of grandma putting plastic on her couch and chairs :) We buy these items to use them...if they get damaged they can be repaired and or replaced.

aserenyi | 24 January, 2013

Nushield offers a screen protector film that eliminates glare off the screen and lets you read the display even when you are wearing polarized sunglasses. I have it on my iPhone and iPad and it works great outside as well as on my nav display. It is easy to install and does not look or feel like grandma's vinyl couch.

Considering how much it costs to replace a scratched display system, the NuShield film is a worthwhile investment.

markapeterman | 24 January, 2013

virtualarry +1

Schlermie | 24 January, 2013

Is the NuShield DayVue film an antifingerprint surface as well or just an antiglare surface?

aserenyi | 25 January, 2013

The NuShield DayVue film does attract fingerprints which are easily wipeable due to the film's antireflective coating. NuShield does have another film that my wife prefers on her iPhone which is the Triple A film that has an antiglare, antifingerprint and antimicrobial coating on it. However, this film makes the screen darker in direct sunlight where you can't read the display. It also does not work well with polarized sunglasses.

BYT | 25 January, 2013

I'm like DouglasR, have had my car almost 3 months and still didn't take the plastic off that Tesla put on... :)

timdorr | 25 January, 2013

Worried you're going to drop your touchscreen? :P

Brian H | 25 January, 2013

Do you still have the plastic wrap on your latest sofa? From 10 yrs. ago?

Anthony H | 25 January, 2013

@Brian H
I agree (and clearly, you don't sleep.)

iholtzman | 25 January, 2013

I think Tesla would offer it as an option if they felt is was needed. They offer paint armor.

tcung11 | 4 May, 2013

I used this inexpensive matte anti-glare screen from Ebay.
Had to trim off 1/4 inch from the length and 1/8 inch from the width for good fit.
I bought 2 since they are so cheap. First one to practice and try out the size. Best to apply with latex gloves on so that you don't accidentally put finger prints on the screen and or the touchscreen. It took me a few trials to align it perfectly.
My main reason for putting this matte anti-glare screen on is because it doesn't show finger prints which required constant cleaning.

Robert22 | 4 May, 2013

Forget the protector and just drive with the gloves on ;)

rdalcanto | 5 May, 2013

I'm just going to use the soft tip of my finger rather than the end of a house key to operate the screen...

RedShift | 5 May, 2013

Fingerprints aren't the only things that show. Pollen here is unbelievable and accumulates every day and shows in direct sun light. Very distracting at noon, actually. Hope this matte screen is also anti static. I'd go or it..

craigjensen | 5 May, 2013

I found that if I use a cloth to wipe fingerprints from the display, it activates the various hotspots on the display. Now I use a LensPen Sidekick ( This gadget has a carbon pad that absorbs the oil from fingerprints. Works like a charm.

Tom_ryan14 | 7 July, 2015

I've found that the best protector to use is the one they offer at Tech Armor.
It is HD clear and has true touch. I spill my coffee all the time and this thing has saved my screen on a consistent basis.

88MPG | 7 July, 2015

Got mine from Abstract Ocean . . . works great . . . don't even realize it's on . . .

don | 7 July, 2015

I bought this one from NuShield, direct off of their website:

NU433RA NuShield for Tesla Model S '12-13

I put it on after a few days and haven't noticed any difference between it being there or not. I'm one of those folks that clean my phone and touch screens religiously, so it gives me some piece of mind. I'm really not sure it's needed as a friend of mine has never used one and his screen (2 years old now) looks great when he bothers to clean it... anyway, can't hurt I say. | 7 July, 2015

There is of course a screen cleaning mode that does not react to the cleaning.

I have found that the screen generally responds to a touch of a fingernail, leaving no prints.

Anyway, every time I try to put a screen protector on a screen, I get air bubbles. Just not skilled enough for that operation.

Grinnin'.VA | 7 July, 2015

@ | July 7, 2015

Anyway, every time I try to put a screen protector on a screen, I get air bubbles.

Me too. I had a hell of a time nudging most of those bubbles out.

Firewired | 7 July, 2015

My tint guy put a complementary one on when he filmed my car. I think I prefer the gloss look, rather than matte finish of the protector.

NASAECO | 7 July, 2015

I've had the Prestige Glare Shield for a while now. Works great! No glare or smudges. It was $80 with the install (I was getting the Prestige PhotoSync window tint at the time anyway). I wipe it down every once in a while just because it seems like I should, but there's never actually anything to wipe down :P

LostInPA | 8 July, 2015

Do they make one for my 70" TV? :-)

Mathew98 | 8 July, 2015

@Grinnin - It's simple to remove air bubbles from screen protectors.

- Apply one drop of dish washing liquid to a spray bottle full of water and mix.
- Mist the screen with the mixture and apply the screen protector.
- Use a credit card or a small wedge to squeeze out the trapped water.
- Wipe off excess water from the edges of the screen.

@LostInPA - Buy multiple 17" screen protectors!

There are 2 and 4 mil laminates that could do it. Buy why???

Grinnin'.VA | 8 July, 2015

@ Mathew98 | July 8, 2015

@Grinnin - It's simple to remove air bubbles from screen protectors.

- Apply one drop of dish washing liquid to a spray bottle full of water and mix. ...

Thanks for your suggestion. I wouldn't be surprised if that would work.

However, the instructions that came with my screen protector clearly indicated that they do not recommend using any solvent on the screen. I believe that is consistent with Tesla's recommendations on cleaning the screen.

I just followed the manufacturers' recommendations.

Mathew98 | 8 July, 2015

Solvent? It's not even a tenth of a percent of dish washing liquid by volume.

It's just enough to form a slippery liquid mixture to apply the screen protector.

Yes, please follow the instructions given and keep seeing the air bubbles.

I've use this mixture to apply to smart phones, window tinting, and other applications. You can also buy a premix bottle that comes with a window tint kit for 10 bucks.

Try it on your smart phone and see if it warps your glass screen...

LostInPA | 8 July, 2015

@ Matthew98 - Why? Seems to make as much sense to put a screen protector on a house TV as a car computer screen. I'm surprised someone hasn't created a thread on bedazzling their Model S. P85D in "pink" would be to die for.

Mathew98 | 8 July, 2015

Do you mean like this one?

Mathew98 | 8 July, 2015

Dude, you're so behind the times...