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post #1 of 22 Old 01-20-2010, 07:17 PM - Thread Starter
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At the time I thought it was a great idea because my eye glasses have an anti-glare coating so if the cleaner is what the optometrist recommends for my glasses I assumed it would be perfect for my plasma (Panny 58V10) without harming the anti-glare finish. I've since read online that it is unwise to use an alcohol based cleaner and my lens cleaner is definitely isopropyl based but definitely a very diluted amount. Could I have done any damage to my screen? I don't see any streaking or anything that looks like it harmed it in any way but I'm concerned about what I've read. From what I've read it seems like unless you've caused any blurring/streaking then you haven't done any harm but I'm just nervous now. Obviously I will never clean it that way again!
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Do you notice any change? I would only use a scratch free Microfiber and distilled water if any marks/smudges.
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I don't notice anything. I've tried looking with the TV on and off. I've tried looking with lights on and lights off to see if I see any reflections and can't see anything. I only wiped a small area where the delivery guys left some finger prints after setting it up so it's a pretty small area where I've been focusing my eyes and I'm not seeing anything different than the rest of the screen where I didn't wipe.
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I don't notice anything. I've tried looking with the TV on and off. I've tried looking with lights on and lights off to see if I see any reflections and can't see anything. I only wiped a small area where the delivery guys left some finger prints after setting it up so it's a pretty small area where I've been focusing my eyes and I'm not seeing anything different than the rest of the screen where I didn't wipe.

It sounds like everything is just fine. Stop worrying about it and enjoy your new tv
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I have also used a lens cleaner many times and no damage at all. i have now stopped and my screen hasen't gotten dirty. (no lil brothers around anymore)
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I have some monitor cleaning wipes. I think they are alcohol. They work great on my LCD monitors and laptop. I have used them on my LCD tv's. They specifically say they are OK for LCD, but I am hesitent to use them on my plasma.
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I've been very happy with Klear Screen Products.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin
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It sounds like everything is just fine. Stop worrying about it and enjoy your new tv

Haha, thanks. I figured it was fine but reassurance from the community here helps

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I have also used a lens cleaner many times and no damage at all. i have now stopped and my screen hasen't gotten dirty. (no lil brothers around anymore)

Good to know I'm not the only one. From now on, I'm definitely going to stick to a microfiber cloth and if there are finger prints not coming out I'll try dipping it in a little distilled water.
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Eye glasses have plastic lenses and should have a different type of coating than the coating used on glass Plasma screens.
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Eye glasses have plastic lenses and should have a different type of coating than the coating used on glass Plasma screens.

I understand that I messed up and am not going to make the same mistake. The question really was is there a way to tell if I did any damage? I see no change to the screen or image quality or anything so I think I either got lucky or that use of an alcohol based cleaner one time doesn't kill you but repeated use will. Or even a better way to ask the question maybe is if I can't see any change at all to the screen did I do any harm?

It looks like I got some answers above as well as some cleaning advice.
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It would seem that if you see no damage you did no damage. Happy viewing.
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If you did damage something it would be pretty easy to see most of the time.

Why don't people just clean their plasmas with bottled water and a clean shirt?
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Why don't people just clean their plasmas with bottled water and a clean shirt?

Idiots like me that don't read the user manual til after the fact and have never owned a plasma before?

I've used all kinds of things to clean laptop LCD screens before with no problem but never thought that this should be different until my mom mentioned that they told her at Best Buy not to clean her TV with anything aside from a special cleaner and wipe. That's when I got nervous and was hoping to pick all your knowledgeable brains. Thanks for all the info.
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If you did damage something it would be pretty easy to see most of the time.

Why don't people just clean their plasmas with bottled water and a clean shirt?

lmao thats what i use now...
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I always use a special Plasma foam cleaner from Spectral.
For me as a heavy smoker it's the perfect solution and works better than distilled water.
Spectral is a company that builds mainly high-end AV furniture.

http://www.spectral.eu/en/spectral-spray/
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I always use a special Plasma foam cleaner from Spectral.
For me as a heavy smoker it's the perfect solution and works better than distilled water.
Spectral is a company that builds mainly high-end AV furniture.

http://www.spectral.eu/en/spectral-spray/

Thanks for the link.
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Why don't people just clean their plasmas with bottled water and a clean shirt?

I've been cleaning displays and glasses w/ that combo for years. Of course I upgraded to a nice microfiber cloth recently, but the water still holds.
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how are the plasmas getting dirty enough that its not just a layer of dust on them?
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Just wait.
Soon Monster will come out with 'special Plasma cleaner'
and it will only be $200 per oz.

Of course the oxygen free cleaner will be $500 per oz.
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I use a micro fiber cloth that came with one of my hdtvs way back when, and wipe it gently, dry, no liquid. When I do see a smudge, I use my breath, and the dry cloth. Does the trick everytime. Its free, nothing to buy.
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i use a brand new fluffy sock

as for cleaning I use the little pad that came with the tv
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how are the plasmas getting dirty enough that its not just a layer of dust on them?

Start with smoking, after you get used to it raise your need for nicotin to 25-30 cigarettes, wait one year and you'll see how a plasma is getting dirty enough that it's not just a layer of dust on them.
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