How to Remove Protective Film Before Use

Many home appliances and electronics are sold with a sheet of protective film on an exposed surface. This plastic film is intended to be removed before the first time the unit is used. Most protective film clings to a smooth surface with static electricity without adhesive. Some products sold with protective film on them have no mention in the instructions of how it is supposed to be removed.

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New watches often have a layer of protective film on their face.

Step 1

Look closely at the protective film for a tab or raised area that can be pulled.

Step 2

Separate a corner of the protective film from the smooth surface with the rounded edge of a credit card if the film doesn't have a pull tab.

Step 3

Pinch the lifted corner with your thumb and index finger and pull straight up to slowly peel the corner back.

Step 4

Push the long edge of the credit card into the crease between the protective film and the surface when the film gets difficult to pull away.

Step 5

Clean the smooth surface of any residual adhesive with a citrus cleaner after the protective film has been removed.