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So I've always been wanting to do this but have always been a bit scared to. Finally read up on it a lot and I have decided to go ahead and make the best of this awesome monitor biggrin.gif

I am in the car now but will post pics when I get home. I have been soaking it for about two hours.

EDIT: Pics!

Monitor before the mod. Looks pretty good as it is biggrin.gif

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And some close ups of the screen and each pixel.

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Here it is about to be taken apart.

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Once you take off the bezel there are wires attached to the little control panel thingy. I managed to bend one of these connectors so be careful of that.

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Bezel removed.

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Then you take off the huge back panel which has the connectors and the controller board. You just have to unplug two cables to get it off.

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Here it is with just the glass, no bezel.

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Here it is with paper towels on it. I used about 4 sheets, overlapping them in the middle, and folding them over on the sides. I then poured around a cup or a cup and a half of DISTILLED water all over and rubbed the water around so everything was wet. You may have to use more or less water though. Just make sure everything is nice a damp and won't dry out, but not so much that it spills over the edges.

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Saw a new born baby deer outside my window and had to take a picture. It soooooooo cutttttttteeeeeeee!!!!!!!!11!11!11!!111!!!11111one!1

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Okay so I did not get any pics of pulling it off because I was way too excited. All you are going to do is find a corner (I found the bottom right side works the best) and seperate the two layers which are the polarizer and the coating with your finger nail. MAKE SURE TO NOT TAKE OFF THE BOTTOM LAYER!!! The bottom layer is the polarizer and it is dark and a lot more stiff than the AG. Make sure you do not take it off.

So then once you separate it, pull the corner very slowly. If it does not come off a little harder than a sticker comes off, then soak more. I soaked for about 5 1/2 to 6 hours because 5 hours was not enough. Pull the whole thing off very slowly and make sure to not scratch the polarizer!

Here is mine after I pulled it off. Very awesome looking especially in person!

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All done! Boy is she gorgeous!

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Heres a photo after the AG mod which you can compare to the photo at the beginning of the post.

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And another.

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So if I were to do a review of this mod, I would say the outcome is pretty good, but not phenomenal. It does fix the white sparkle issue to a degree, but not all the way. The greens and blues are AMAZING now. I went through and looked at all my photos again because it looked so awesome. Another major bonus is that your monitor now looks like a $million bucks from the awesome glossiness. This is not just your average gloss. This full out freaking mirror, reflecting everything glossy. Some may not like it, but I love the look it adds. The biggest bonus I see is that images look a lot clearer. It seems as if the lines of pixels are straighter or there are more of them, but it just seems a whole lot clearer.

If you plan to do this please read:

So the reason people wreck theirs is because they miss treat it. Tips for taking it off:

- Take everything apart with care
- WAIT FOR THE AG COATING TO COMPLETELY SOAK! Ever let it soak more if it does not come off easily! You can rip or damage the polarizer, or leave adhesive behind which will give you rainbow sparkle/stripes.
- Do not scratch the polarizer when putting it back together!

And tips for taking care of this fragile machine:

- Do not touch the polarizer! If you do you get finger prints and will have to clean it which will degrade the polarizer eventually.
- Remember that it is super fragile and you should try to not clean it very harshly if you plan to do so.

So overall take really good care of the thing.

I would rate this mod:

Difficulty: 7/10. It can be frustrating if you have never taken apart one of these monitors before at times. Once you get past that though, you just need LOTS of patience.

Outcome: 8.5/10 You still have the same monitor, but at least it fixes some rainbow sparkle, makes the image clearer, really gives greens and blues a more realistic color, and adds the gloss which I enjoy.

If anyone wants a more detailed process or a sort of guide let me know and I'd be happy to do so!

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Awesome. Will come by to check out how it goes. Just remember, patience is key. Seems most people that mess up simply couldn't wait long enough or was too hasty doing the job. Soak it right, take your time, and I'm sure things will go smoothly.

I want to do this to my monitor, thought its so crappy its likely not worth it. Plus my room has too much light and the gf freaked when I said I might remove the AG coating. (She hates reflections on the screen, HATES it). Knowing my luck she'd come home, see the AG coating gone and push the monitor to the floor and say "oops, looks like we need a new monitor, with AG". Sometimes gf's are no fun heh.

Oh, and above all else, have fun. Modding is supposed to be fun, frustrating and nervous, but fun nonetheless. Nothing better than the feeling of a well planned, well executed mod turning out the way you expected.
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Well, I am reminded of another post here on the forum, on a u2711 where someone did the same thing.

Perhaps youd be interested in seeing the end of post #1

http://www.overclock.net/t/1230911/removing-the-anti-glare-coating-on-u2711

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Read very important

what happen is : i cleaned the screen with Demineralized water using microfiber cloth, when i did that the Monitor was hot, that why the polarization layer cracked in the place where i cleaned it,
what happen exactly : the polarization layer cracked when it was hot and i putted on it cold water, that what happen
that for, when u remove the Anti Glare coating on U2711 u have to protect it immediately with glass or any other protection film befor using it,
i am still searching on the internet for Clear protection film for U2711

I suppose if you immediately follow up with a non-glossy coating to protect it it could work, in theory?
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Well, I am reminded of another post here on the forum, on a u2711 where someone did the same thing.

Perhaps youd be interested in seeing the end of post #1

http://www.overclock.net/t/1230911/removing-the-anti-glare-coating-on-u2711

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Read very important

what happen is : i cleaned the screen with Demineralized water using microfiber cloth, when i did that the Monitor was hot, that why the polarization layer cracked in the place where i cleaned it,
what happen exactly : the polarization layer cracked when it was hot and i putted on it cold water, that what happen
that for, when u remove the Anti Glare coating on U2711 u have to protect it immediately with glass or any other protection film befor using it,
i am still searching on the internet for Clear protection film for U2711

I suppose if you immediately follow up with a non-glossy coating to protect it it could work, in theory?

Yah I have seen horror stories like that and I have come to the conclusion that people who have problems like that either clean the thing very rough, clean it while it's hot, or don't get off all the adhesive. I have read up on this and I have plans to take good care of the monitor after the mod.

Also, I would get a screen protector for it but it would be extremely hard to put on due to the dust and would be very expensive if you messed up.

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Yah I have seen horror stories like that and I have come to the conclusion that people who have problems like that either clean the thing very rough, clean it while it's hot, or don't get off all the adhesive. I have read up on this and I have plans to take good care of the monitor after the mod.
Also, I would get a screen protector for it but it would be extremely hard to put on due to the dust and would be very expensive if you messed up.
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Agreed. Who would clean their monitor after its been on for hours and hours with no coating... if its warm/hot to the touch, common sense would say putting cold on it might do some bad things. I clean my monitor about once a week. Also, used dryer sheets work wonders for repelling dust. I like to wipe down my monitor and TV's almost anytime after I do laundry.
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Agreed. Who would clean their monitor after its been on for hours and hours with no coating... if its warm/hot to the touch, common sense would say putting cold on it might do some bad things. I clean my monitor about once a week. Also, used dryer sheets work wonders for repelling dust. I like to wipe down my monitor and TV's almost anytime after I do laundry.

Wow pretty interesting! Will try that out when I'm done biggrin.gif.

So I am about 5 1/2 hours in and I tried to pull up a little corner of the AG coating (not the polarizer). It comes off somewhat easily, but I stopped when it stuck a bit like some old tape. It does not peel off completely smooth, but there seems to be a little bit of stick to it. I think I will soak another hour or so but I am wondering if this is normal. It happened to me when I did my last monitor and it worked fine as I just ripped it off lol. Will not do that with this one though.

Oh ya and sorry I cannot post pics. I realized I do not have a computer monitor tongue.gif.
    
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Wow pretty interesting! Will try that out when I'm done biggrin.gif.
So I am about 5 1/2 hours in and I tried to pull up a little corner of the AG coating (not the polarizer). It comes off somewhat easily, but I stopped when it stuck a bit like some old tape. It does not peel off completely smooth, but there seems to be a little bit of stick to it. I think I will soak another hour or so but I am wondering if this is normal. It happened to me when I did my last monitor and it worked fine as I just ripped it off lol. Will not do that with this one though.
Oh ya and sorry I cannot post pics. I realized I do not have a computer monitor tongue.gif.

No monitor? But you still managed to navigate Windows, bring up a browser, navigate to OCN, find this thread, read and reply to my post. Those are some serious skittles my friend, serious skittles indeed.

On a more serious note. I hope I find videos for when I do get a nice monitor and do this. I like to SEE the actual methods used, like angle to pull at that works best and such.

But if I were doing this and it just stopped peeling and "stuck" I'd either cry or rage smash it redface.gif Patience is not my strong suit.

Hope the extra soak time help. From what I read, to be super careful, do it for 5 hours min. Many have done with less, but 5 hours from what I read is a safe time. I'd likely soak it for 10 hours to be sure heh. Also, don't be afraid to re moisten the paper towels or shop towels, whatever your using. Though, I'm far from an expert on this, or even a moderate... so make sure to triple check everything I say b4 taking any of it into consideration tongue.gif Good luck!
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Hey there WIllian! I am planning on doing this mod to my U2410 tomorrow, and was wondering if yours still has no damage after cleaning it, i assume, several times? I have read all that is to read about removing the AG coating on these DELLs, and I think I get why some damage theirs. I know this is very risky, considering the price of the monitor, but overall I think it is worth it. I know for a fact that I cannot use this monitor any longer due to the dirty and unclear look when surfing the web on mostly white backrounds. I also have a problem with reading black text. So I am hoping after removing the AG coating, that everything will become clear and crisp, like the monitor should be from the factory. It really makes no sense for this monitor to get so good reviews and to be considered great for editing photoes etc, when the AG coating really makes things not as accurate as atleast I would want it to.
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