DIY: Rain-X Makes Your iPhone or iPad Fingerprint-Resistant

Rain-X is a bottled polymer glass treatment that dramatically increases a car’s windshield visibility while driving through rain, snow, or sleet. It works by filling the tiny pores that are naturally present in any piece of glass. By doing so, the precipitation simply beads right off of the windshield instead of penetrating it fully. It’s really effective on cars, but it is also a good solution for preventing fingerprints on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. After applying Rain-X, your screen will feel extremely smooth and will be much more resistant against fingerprints and smudges. It’s not a permant solution, so you’ll need to reapply it once every few weeks or so.

A quick guide on how to apply Rain-X on to your iDevice can be found after the jump. Before continuing with these steps, please keep in mind that Rain-X is an alcohol-based solution which may adversely effect your device’s screen. Some people feel that this solution might interfere with the already-present oleophobic coating on the iPad’s screen. I have not had any problems with Rain-X, but it’s important to address the possibility of such things happening.

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What You’ll Need

  1. Rain-X
    • Available online and at many retail stores across North America and worldwide
  2. Two Microfiber Cloths
    • For best results, you’ll want to use soft microfiber cloths as seen in the picture above


  1. Remove all dust and fingerprints from your device’s screen with a microfiber cloth.
  2. Squirt a small amount of Rain-X on to this microfiber cloth. If you are using the bottled Rain-X, about five squirts is more than sufficient.
  3. Smudge the microfiber cloth on to your iDevice’s screen until there is a white haze across your screen.
  4. Let this white haze sit for about 30 seconds.
  5. Use a second microfiber cloth to remove this residue.
  6. Apply a second coating if you feel it is necessary.

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