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Electronic protective coating for device screens and glass surfaces

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Handheld mobile devices and touchscreen displays let users access information with a simple swipe, but they also tend to accumulate fingerprints, oils, liquids, cosmetics and other materials that can damage displays or make them unappealing to use. Protective coatings of touchscreens and glass-like surfaces help achieve your vision for device style, functionality and feel.

3M has decades of experience making protective coatings. Our scientists are constantly seeking the answers to how to do it all better, safer and more responsibly. The result — a broad range of ultra-thin 3M™ Novec™ Electronic Grade Coatings to choose from.

In addition to coatings to protect the internal components of your device, we have expanded our offerings to include electronic grade coatings for electronics screens, panels and other glass or glass-like surfaces. These coatings are exceptionally thin and help give devices easy-clean and anti-smudge properties. Novec coatings are easy to apply using spray or dip application methods. 

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Easy to apply, easy to clean.

Make your device touchscreens look and feel as great as they work

Help keep surfaces smudge-free with durable Novec coatings for easy-clean device protection. Benefit from 3M’s history of innovative development, global support and dedicated experience with 3M Novec Electronic Grade Coatings.

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    Durable with exceptional thinness

    Using spray or dip application, an ultra-thin coating can be applied to your device surface for consistent, full coverage.
     

    • Low viscosity and surface tension make it exceptionally thin (less than 10 nanometers)
    • Optically transparent, so it won’t affect the look of the device
    • Thermal curing adds chemical and abrasion resistance
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    Easy-clean performance

    Our easy-clean properties keep devices looking and feeling good to help realize the vision of device designers.
     

    • Hydrophobic and oleophobic: Excellent repellency for quick and easy clean-up of the surface from a variety of contaminants
    • Anti-smudge: Resists the accumulation of fingerprints, oils, liquids, grime and cosmetics
    • Improved lubricity: Makes the surface feel smooth and appealing
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    Process advantages

    Using Novec Electronic Grade Coatings to help protect surfaces offers process advantages and efficiencies for manufacturers of handheld devices and other touchscreen-enabled electronics, especially when compared with plasma vapor deposition (PVD) processes:
     

    • Easy application using spray or dip method   
    • No need for expensive, complex PVD equipment or specialized labor
    • Dry time of less than 2 minutes; thermal curing adds chemical and abrasion resistance
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    Safety and sustainability

    Get the appearance and performance you want for your device without compromising worker safety or increasing environmental impact. All Novec coatings are formulated using 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids, which are:
     

    • Low global warming potential (GWP) solvents with zero ozone depletion potential (ODP)
    • Exempt from the U.S. EPA definitions for volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
    • Not scheduled for regulatory phasedown or phase-out
    • Low in toxicity with a wide margin of worker safety
    • Non-flammable
    • Non-conductive

Choosing the right Novec Electronic Grade Coating for device screens and glass surfaces

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    3M experts have developed these coatings with exceptional properties that add easy-release and anti-stiction benefits to glass and glass-like surfaces. Depending upon the feature you need, we have the coating for you.
     

    • For better abrasion resistance, choose 3M™ Novec™ 2202 Electronic Grade Coating
    • For better lubriciousness, choose 3M™ Novec™ 1720 Electronic Grade Coating

    Download the easy clean coating product selection guide (PDF, 117 KB)


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Contact us for more information about coating touchscreen and electronic device glass surfaces

3M Novec is more than a line of products — we’re people who share your passion for solving problems and improving lives. Let us help you determine which coating is right for your surface application. Contact us to answer any questions you may have or to request:
 

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