That *is* a Screen Protector

That *is* a Screen Protector

For future S recipients: That happy day when my S arrived, it had lots of “remove before use” bits of plastic film on the shiny parts (steering wheel “T,” etc.), which I did. It also had a plastic film on the main display, which had some minor scuffs, but I decided to leave it in place for the time being. Then I took the car for an extra-special viewing & decided I would remove the scuffed film. Turns out there were *two* layers, and I should have only removed the top layer, revealing a perfectly applied screen protector! I’ve since re-installed it, though with a few bubbles I’m slowly working out.

So, carefully fiddle with the tab at the lower left corner of the film until the layers separate, then peel off the top layer instead of the whole thing. Maybe mine was unique. Maybe everyone else knew this, but I wish I’d known!

VIN3244, 4K miles & still grinnin’!

Amagansett | March 16, 2013

Picking my S today. Thanks for the heads up.

docdac | March 16, 2013

I had the heavy clear plastic sheet covering my screen too. It had some sticker saying not to use Slacker radio (for the benefit of employees, I think). However, there was no second layer or underlying screen protector on my car. I even called Tesla to inquire and they confirmed no screen protector (as of Jan 2013, anyway). If there is one now. I hope I can get one!

Carefree | March 16, 2013

Mine did not have one either. I ordered a screen protector from NuShield - works great.

Lectric_Ride | March 16, 2013

Confirmed!!! You have to work at it because the two layers are stuck tightly and exactly the same size -- maybe two pieces of tape would help. Tesla probably doesn't even know their displays ship with factory installed screen protectors! I just showed the service tech in STL. The top layer is like Saran Wrap, the bottom layer is a full-up protector.

Robert22 | March 16, 2013

Do we have a second for factory-equipped nav screen protector? Haven't heard this one before.

aserenyi | March 18, 2013

The NuShield film provides more than just protect the screen. It allows you to wear polarized sunglasses and still see the screen. If you have a sun roof or lots of glare bouncing around inside, then the NuShield DayVue film is a must have item.

john | March 19, 2013

I was there on Saturday at the service center when Lectric_Ride confirmed this. He asked the service technician about it, who knew nothing, then he asked if he could try it on one of the cars waiting for delivery, and sure enough, he found two layers. We were all quite surprised, including the Tesla service employee. Now I only wish I'd known when mine was delivered.

VIN 3247 - in 2 months I've driven 4k miles and used 1.6 MWh for a cost of $64 (@$0.04/kWh) | March 19, 2013

I understood the main display uses Gorilla Glass, and should be scratch proof (although I'm not ready to test it). If so, the "screen protector" is unnecessary. I suspect it might be dust/clean protection during the manufacturing of the display unit, and the second plastic protector is put on by Tesla when the display is mounted as a second protection from dirt during vehicle assembly.

nfsilver | March 19, 2013

When I picked up my car, everything had been removed already. The specialist said they remove everything before delivery. It was a letdown since I tend to prefer my screens protected. The charger cable was scratched up too.

There was an incident a while back where I had scratched an iPad while cleaning it, so no matter what my significant other says, glass can scratch.

Brian H | March 19, 2013

Some cleaners may contain diamond grit, which is one of the few things that can scratch glass. You could use a steel paint scraper on it and have no effect. Your significant other is right.

nfsilver | March 19, 2013

If I can scratch my iPad without any cleaners, it would be in my interest to have a screen protector.

Brian H | March 19, 2013

If you can scratch your iPad, the screen is Plexiglass.

nfsilver | March 19, 2013

Still it would have been nice if Tesla kept the plastic film on. I would have liked the choice to take take it off or not. Also, I would have wanted to see if there really was another layer of plastic underneath.

I don't know what glass iPad uses, but given the right condition anything can scratch.

Brian H | March 19, 2013

Not true. Look up the hardness scale. Why do you think a test for a real diamond is the ability to scratch glass?

Robert22 | March 19, 2013

It took me a while to realize that a screen protector for an iPhone or iPad was a complete waste of money. It reduces resolution needlessly and only provides protection if you're using something you shouldn't be on it.
I asked a few Apple geniuses about it who all replied with some variation of "you have every right to spend your money foolishly". One appealing feature of the protector, however, that was mentioned above was the improved screen viewing while wearing polarized sunglasses. I've definitely found it more difficult to read screen text while wearing polarized shades. NuShield DayVue may be the ticket.

Brian H | March 20, 2013

Many have reported the TM screen does not suffer those polarization problems. False?

Lectric_Ride | March 20, 2013

Thank you, John, for bearing witness.

Final clarification: When I said they were exactly the same size, I meant they were two layers, pre-laminated & cut with the same die/cutter in a single motion, including the tab. There is no distinction between the tab, 1st or 2nd layer or screen protector, which is why maybe two pieces of tape to sandwich over the two layers at the tab, and then pull off the top layer, /might/ be better than my rendition of picking at them. It is there. And, if it’s too frustrating to reveal it, there is obviously NuShield to take its place! I also have to say, it is not my fav protector (I’d have picked matte/smudge-proof over high-gloss), but it is robust with complete clarity. As for polarization, I checked during my 1st Get Amped test drive (remember that?!?) & again when it was mentioned in this thread – I have to rotate my glasses near 90deg to see any effects with or without the screen protector, but I also don’t see how a protector could improve a polarization issue if it was inherent in a given display.

I am certain Tesla didn’t know there was a protector they could have left in place for the owner to decide how to proceed. Maybe ask the DS to put it in the notes for your delivery(?).

Future owners, enjoy!