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Make writing, sketching or annotating on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil feel like you're doing it on paper.
Make writing, sketching or annotating on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil feel like you're doing it on paper.
Make writing, sketching or annotating on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil feel like you're doing it on paper.
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    1. Alex Purdy on

      I’ve been using the PaperLike for months now and loved it. However, over time the “grippiness” has gone away. Anyone have any advice on how to fix that?

    2. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      @All: If there is any issue with your PaperLike or have questions please write us directly over - we'll get back to you in a jiffy!

      @Amanda Barry: Thanks for the input. We now ship the PaperLike with dust-absorbers so it is easier to remove dust particles from the screen before applying the PaperLike.

      @YONG SOO KIM: Please get in touch with us over - That's currently the only communication channel we keep up to date, so we can keep a 100% response rate within hours. We believe in focus and are convinced this is the best way to service our backers and customers best!

      @Bae Hyo Shin: Thanks for the thorough review!

    3. Amanda Barry on

      Been using my PaperLike for some time now. I agree with another comment on here in that it feels better than other screen protectors, but it doesn’t exactly feel like ‘paper’. It simply gives my Apple Pencil a bit of a ‘grip’, as opposed to a straight glide. I do like that feature. In addition to another comment in the thread... I haven’t had an issue applying other screen protectors on my iPad/iPhone, but this one was slightly frustrating. I cleaned everything, turned off fans, dusted previously, but I still managed to get lint/bubbles that I couldn’t get out. It was as if the static from the underside of the PaperLike attracted small debris. Could just be a personal issue, but I haven’t had this kind of problem in the past. All in all, thank you so much for your product. Congratulations on the success.

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      I have not received it yet.

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      Bae Hyo Shin on

      This is a second review after writing a very negative experience with the shipping in the first batch.

      I am really happy with how Jan handled everything and sent me the new Paperlike. His responses were really fast and he got me updated on the progress. Really good customer support. The new Paperlike that I received also arrived in a pristine condition. Below is the review of this product quality:

      1. Applying: This time I was able to apply the screen protector better, but it is definitely more difficult than some of the other high quality screen protectors (NOT saying Paperlike is low quality, application is just a bit difficult). I did it carefully in a closed bathroom with hot water running and it worked really well with no dust or anything getting in the way.

      2. Rainbow Effect: All matte screen protectors have the so-called ‘rainbow-effect’ on brighter colors. However, I think Paperlike handles this rainbow effect better because the rainbow grain patterns somewhat resembles a paper surface... I don’t know how I can easily explain this. While all other screen protectors I have used have a more radial grain pattern of rainbow effect, Paperlike has a more linear grain pattern that resembles paper grains. I see it all the time but it actually doesn’t bother me anymore.

      3. Use with Apple Pencil: It definitely feels really good. Its not exactly ‘Paper-like’, but it is better than other screen protectors. It feels more natural with more control, even compared with the other matte screen protectors and I am very satisfied.

      4. Use with finger: While the Apple Pencil feels much better, I thought that the surface friction actually made touch feel a bit rough when using with finger. It does get better with use but the friction felt a bit harsh on my finger tips when I used Paperlike for the first time. With longer usage, the finger oil kind of reduces this friction and it feels okay after a while. It also does not leave any fingerprints (which is same for other screen protectors too) but I like that I don’t have to erase the gross fingerprints all the time like when I was using the iPad without any screen protectors.

      5. Overall: I am really happy with Paperlike at the moment. The image quality, however, does drop compared to using with glossy protectors or no protectors. If you are a heavy sketcher and note-taker, I recommend you to use Paperlike as it is really worth the sacrifice of a bit of image quality. If you are more about playing games, watching movies, and a lot of readings rather than using the Apple Pencil, I recommend you to stick with glossy or no protector solution.

    6. Jarrod Krug on

      Hi there. I have yet to receive my reward. My shipping information is up to date. Can you please advise.

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      I’ve been waiting for my reward but I still have not received it. Please check your records again.

    8. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      Hi Kevin, I'm sorry you had a hard time putting on the PaperLike. It all depends in what room conditions you're applying the screen protector. Did you have a look at my appliccation-video? Also please get in touch with me via email

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      Kevin Le Cras on

      My first attempt was on a brand new 12.9 iPad Pro. I removed the Apple protective film from the screen, and tried to apply the Paperlike.

      I had issues lining up the Paperlike and when I managed to get it fitted straight it had attracted a load of dust, creating bubbles. I kept it on, but found that the refraction was pretty bad, so took it off and binned it after a week or so.

      Tonight I tried to put the second one on. I gave the screen a thorough clean and ensured there was no dust. However once again a delay in lining it up attracted dust and created bubbles, so that one went into the bin too.

      On my previous 12.9 iPad Pro I had a cheap matt screen protector, which I managed to apply with no noticeable dust and no bubbles. In fact I've applied screen protectors to lots of devices large and small, and never had a problem like this.

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      I did't receive my order.

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      Jayton on

      Received and applied my Paperlike yesterday. Really happy with the screenprotector! The pencil is much more usable for me now and the mat finish is not so intrusive as other mat screenprotectors I used.
      Packaging was good enough, received them in perfect condition!
      Thanks Jan!

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      Ruth Ziethe on

      Hi Jan,
      my paper like arrived this weekend. Since I was so excited I immediately wanted to apply it. The process is easy enough to follow and I am happy with the result. I should note that I tried all this outdoors on the terrace with a lot of wind. Despite all my efforts a few tiny dust particles made it underneath the sheath (none on the actual screen area, though) . Note to myself: if you have a ISO class5 cleanroom and a flow box at hand, use it.
      Writing on the PaperLike is awesome. It's hard to compare to paper, though. I'd simply say it makes writing with the Apple Pencil just the way I always wished it should be. It gives good friction and simultaneously not too much. Also, its somewhat quieter during fast writing I find.
      I do like the matte finish the screen has now as well.
      And now: I'll order another one and try to be smarter when installing :-)
      Great Job, thanks again for inventing this!

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      Carsten Stoelting on

      Hi all, dear Jan,
      First of all thanks for your great communication and your effort to make this product come true....
      I recieved my 10.5 size yesterday. I was aware of the "installation" and it works very well without any bubbles...
      First of all: the touch and feel is great. Especially the "paper like feeling" is great. It's a perfect mockup of real paper!!!! Writing, sketching feels great!!!
      Now the back side ;-'(
      Its true, the foil cause some distractions and the overall appearance is a kind of dull and blurred.....especially if you are using your pad for photos or movies.
      Myself the purpose of my iPad its for business. My favorite app is OneNote where i take all my notes in my meetings. AND FOR THIS P'URPOSE your paperlike is a great product.

      You'll loose brightness and sharpness of your scree...
      But if you are using your pad as a sketchbook, or paper substitute then the paperlike is a must have....

      Well DONE! Thanks.....

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      Sasathorn Phaspinyo on

      The packaging was bent pretty bad. Installed okay though. The refraction is really disappointing. I mean,especially, on area displaying white, it is full of tiny refraction bands of red, green, blue - not usable for me.

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      Jayton on

      Hi Jan, i backed for two pieces of Paperlike. Hope I can still get 1x 9.7 and 1x 10.5 version, like I messaged you.
      Regards Jayton

    16. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      Dear Backers,
      anyone waiting for his / her 10.5-inch PaperLike, here some info for you: We wanted to ship last week, but we didn't have enough wet-wipes! These were sent, on time but got delayed by customs, which made my wished Friday-shippment impossible. That said, your PaperLike Order should go out next week latest, as customs can't take longer than that! Again I'm very sorry for the delay, we'll make sure your shipment goes out ASAP! You’ll be notified as soon as your 10.5-inch PaperLike is on its way.

      @Amanda, HF, and anyone having issues with his PaperLike:
      REPOST: I understand some backers have had issues with the delivery and packaging. I want everyone to be happy with his/her PaperLike! So, as mentioned in my last comment, please write me directly if you're having issues with the shipping condition or application of the PaperLike. Many of you don't find the private message option, so alternatively please write me an email at

    17. Amanda Barry on

      Jan. How can I personally contact you? I have a question about my PaperLike.

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      JF Williams on

      Mine arrived with a large crease. Basically useless.

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      Ruben Romo on

      Been using my PaperLike since it arrived--on time as the developer said it would be and in perfect condition--and I've had nothing to complain about. I like the feel of my iPad's surface, not only while using my Apple Pencil, but in everyday use as well. I've never used a screen protector on any of my iPads and won't be goin back. It's been four weeks and I haven't had to stop to clean my screen surface once since the PaperLike has been installed (which is a nice and unexpected perk.)

      I've seen the comments and agree, the packaging could have provided a little better protection, but, in truth, I was actually surprised at how ready for market the packaging looked when it did arrive. Obviously, had I of bought the PaperLike in a real store, the packaging would have been fine as is. And as most everyone knows, if I had bought it on Amazon, It would have been delivered in a 2'x3' hermetically sealed box with enough air-pads and packing tape to ship live baby chicks along with it... but I digress.

      In the end, I'm very happy to have been a supporter of this campaign. It's a good product that delivers on its claim to improve my iPad user experience and hat's off to Jan for setting the bar for how a good Creator communicates and services his supporters.

    20. Rafael Sarmento on

      Still waiting for mine... it’s been a month already, I’m worried that it will arrive shattered if the other reviews about the packaging are correct. Can’t wait!

    21. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      Short update, anyone asking him / herself about the 10.5-inch PaperLike delivery - We'll start shipping this week. I'm preparing some stuff for the campaign-update announcing this to everyone. Please bear with me.

    22. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      @Robert: That happens to the best of us, don't be hard on yourself or your cat's fur! :-P Regretfully you won't be able to clean the sticky surface of the PaperLike. The next time you can try it in the bath, after a hot shower. The vapour takes down all dust particles and there you'll definitely get the nearest to dustless room possible at home. It's not the most comfortable place to apply a screen protector, but there you might even have the additional advantage of being able to leave the cat outside during the application process. I've sent you a private message, better luck the next time!

      Thanks everyone else for the great feedback and improvement ideas!

      I have great news about the 10.5-inch PaperLike coming, I'll be posting these over the weekend. :-D

      REPOST: I understand some backers have had issues with the delivery and packaging. I want everyone to be happy with his/her PaperLike! So, as mentioned in my last comment, please write me directly if you're having issues with the shipping condition or application of the PaperLike. Many of you don't find the private message option, so alternatively please write me an email at

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      robertshepherd on

      Hi Creators, in a fit of stupidity, I held the sticky side up to the air just in time for my cat to walk past and deposit dozens of hairs into the adhesive. Any suggestions on hoe to fix, other than finding a dust-free room and picking off the individual hairs? Can I wash the adhesive surface with anything to remove the hair and then let dry before trying again (minus cat)?

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      Lynn on

      I got my PaperLike yesterday so here's my status report. Thankfully, my PaperLike made it all the way to Australia intact. However, I can see how it could have been very easily damaged, the screen protector was loose in the thin cardboard packaging without any case.
      The application was pretty tricky, lining it up was the hardest part and it would definitely help to have the strips to pull off the protective films at the home button end. The PaperLike is pretty thin and flaps around, so it's very hard to get it installed straight. There were a lot of bubbles, but with half an hour of very careful pushing, I managed to get most out.
      The refraction and decrease in screen clarity is annoying, but not really worse than other matte/glare reduction screen protector. I've had one on my iPad for the last year, so I'm used to it.
      The paper feeling is nice. It's not as grippy as I thought it would be, but definitely enough to make a difference when writing or sketching. Maybe if it had even more grip, it would be too much. I've only had it on a few hours, but so far no finger prints show up which is great. I hope that whatever gives it the paper feeling doesn't wear off soon, because I'm not looking forward to repeating the stressful install...
      So! I would purchase this again at the Kickstarter price, however: packaging needs to be more stable/protective. If anything can be done to make the application easier, DO IT. It would also be good if 2-packs of PaperLike could be offered for a discount, in case the application goes really wrong you can at least try again.
      Overall I'm happy and looking forward to sketching with more control. Thanks Jan.

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      Handy Wicaksono on

      Hi Jan, I received my reward last week. The packaging is fine, application to iPad pro screen is bit difficult but doable for me.

      I do like the "paper like" feeling when writing on it, however, like many backers mentioned in the comments, it degrades the clarity of the iPad Pro's screen. As I also use the iPad pro to read many e-books, this degradation is not acceptable for me. I have tried PaperLike for a week, however, unfortunately, I am not satisfied with it.

      Anyway, thanks for the effort to make this product. Better luck in the future!

    26. Marc Magnee on

      Hi Jan,
      I received my Paperlike in fine condition. It made it to Hong Kong intact. :-) It works as you described. It's nice not to have the pencil skidding around as it used to. Writing is a lot easier with smaller strokes a lot more accurate.

      Yes I have a few bubbles remaining after installing but that always happens to me anyway. The display is slightly less vivid especially on lower brightness settings but overall I am very pleased.

      I do agree with others about the packaging. It reached me well though slightly bent. I'd imagine with rougher handling by the mail people it could have been damaged. It needs a bit more protection to ensure it arrives in good condition for all buyers.

      Jan, what I got is what I hoped to get. I have no complaints about the product itself at all. Short of installing the cover in an Intel clean room I think it's difficult to avoid a spot or two of dust. Thank you for prompt delivery and honest representation. It's refreshing.

      I wish you every success,
      Marc :-)

    27. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      @John: You must have received a faulty PaperLike. Also you must realise your message is a bit contradictory: "The hole for the camera was created with your basic office hole punch without even taking the care to remove the material that was punched out." How is that even physically possible with an office hole punch? :-P Ok, I won't be giving you a hard time here. :-D I've sent you a private message to sort this out.

      REPOST: I understand some backers have had issues with the delivery and packaging. I want everyone to be happy with his/her PaperLike! So, as mentioned in my last comment, please write me directly if you're having issues with the shipping condition or application of the PaperLike. Many of you don't find the private message option, so alternatively please write me an email at

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      John Butt on

      Just installed the PaperLike after feeling very ambivalent given a lot of the critical comments. Install went smoothly but I noticed that even before I took the cover out of the plastic pouch it already had a few dust spots on it under the protective plastic covers so that was disappointing. I used the tape trick to get the factory installed dust off the cover while I was installing. Still have a few bubbles in the corner where the tabs were. The adhesive seems very weak so I'm not sure how long this is going to stay on especially with the fact that there was dust on the PaperLike straight from the factory.

      I like the feel of the cover with the Pencil and the image quality does not bother me which was my biggest fear being a photographer.

      A lot of the issues appear to be because the brand is so new. The packaging was terrible and my box was squished and torn but luckily no creasing. The adhesive is very weak. The hole for the camera was created with your basic office hole punch without even taking the care to remove the material that was punched out. The wet wipe was half dry and pitifully small especially for the size of the iPad Pro 12.9.

      All in all I would check in with this company again in maybe a year or two after all of this basic stuff is ironed out unfortunately I don't think the PaperLike will last that long. I wouldn't purchase this protector again even at the kickstarter price point given the current issues however.

    29. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      Great feedback guys, I'm happy you're enjoying the PaperLike as much as I am, and congrats for the successful application! :-D

      @Jack I know a failed installation process is frustrating, let us talk over private messages to see what we can do.

      REPOST: I understand some backers have had issues with the delivery and packaging. I want everyone to be happy with his/her PaperLike! So, as mentioned in my last comment, please write me directly if you're having issues with the shipping condition or application of the PaperLike. Many of you don't find the private message option, so alternatively please write me an email at

    30. jack cornell on

      Well, that was a waste of time and money. Very disappointing. Loads of bubbles and altered the image quality.

    31. Thomas Fiello on

      For anyone having trouble with the install, mix a little soap and water in a spray bottle and hit your screen and the cover with that first. It acts as a lubricant without affecting the adhesive so you can take your time positioning the cover.

      Once you have it in position, set it aside and wait a bit until the water begins to evaporate and the cover no longer slides easily. Then you can start pushing the bubbles and excess water out with a credit card!

      It may have a slight sheen from the soap for a couple days but it will go away and it's worth it for that factory installed look.

    32. Thomas Fiello on

      I received mine two weeks ago. It was a gift for my girlfriend because she does a lot of graphic design work using the apple pencil on her iPad.

      According to her, it doesn't feel exactly like paper but it does provide a friction feeling that gives her much greater control. It's helped her a lot already and she loves it!

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      Christopher Martin on

      Got it too. But boy is it hard to install. I have put on many screen protectors over the years and this is the most difficult - bubbles everywhere - and they don't go away over time! I am going to order another ans see if I can do it better. The functionality seem pretty good but it looks awful.

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      Rob Mullen on

      Got it. Found it a bit tricky to get on properly but it's great! Now writing feels like it should on the ipad. Much greater control.. a great Kickstarter project and a great product. Thanks

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      Fiona Andersen on

      Just got mine today and holy wow it's amazing! I was a little skeptical about how much like paper it could feel like, as I have been so stuck on traditional sketching and haven't been able to comfortable switch to tablet, but let me tell you, it was so comfortable drawing on my iPad with the paper like screen protector. I'm going to need to buy a million more now for when I've overused my first one!

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      Maksimt1 Tabachnik on

      So, mine just arrived, and it was intact.
      I applied the paperlike according to the video, and has a few tiny bubbles, but overall it's even better than what i expected!
      It feels great, and looks ten times better than the smudgy screen protector i had before!
      Thank you so much!

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      Aileen Abigail Apostol on

      Received mine today in good condition. Followed the video on how to put it to my iPad and lucky to have very view small bubbles. I have now more control on writing notes. Though I agree that image quality dropped and the vertical lines are kind of bothering. I'll give myself a period to adjust. Thanks for this, Jan!

    38. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      Hi Denis, here a re-post: I understand that the refraction of the PaperLike might initially be too much for some backers, especially those who've gotten used to using the iPad without any screen protector. If this is you, please hear me out: Give the PaperLike a chance! Leave the PaperLike on your iPad for at least a week, and then decide if the (expected) refraction still bothers you. I'm pretty sure you'll get to appreciate the awesome paper feel, an won't have any issue with the image quality. I must say I personally never had an issue with the PaperLike's minimal refraction, as the paper-feel by far surpassed this issue.

    39. Denis Rojcyk on

      +) Packaging was fine
      +) It is impossible to set it up without bubbles, not to mention dust. But I don't mind it that much.
      ---) The picture quality is terrible. It is a downgrade from the raw retina display. There are rainbow colored horizontal lines clearly visible. It is really disturbing and not very usable, to be honest.

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      Andrea Doyon on

      I received my Paperlike and everything is in good condition.
      Thank you I am very satisfied.

    41. R and R Game Night

      Just a follow-up to my good news and bad news post.... There really is more good news here for it did get shipped, arrived and survived a lot of rain in the packaging, wasn't bent or creased. It was more difficult to apply than have patience and work in a clean will be happy with the results.

    42. R and R Game Night

      Good news and bad news... I received mine in the US (only ordered one) while we were out of town. It was delivered and left on the doorstep. It rained, and rained for days. I had a neighbor bring it in after checking on the house. But here is the good news....though it was in paper packaging and very wet... the inside plastic protected it and mine was not creased or bent. But the bad news is that it was very difficult to apply on the glass. My wife put it on as she has more patience than I do :-) She had done our phones and ipads with previous products, but told me this was the most difficult to apply. It fits edge to edge and has no margin for error...and took a long time to work out bubbles and by then trapped dust around the edges which we cannot get out. Good news again does feel better than not having a screen protector and feels better than other screen protectors I tried.


      Hi Jan, hope you recover soon. I am still waiting my PaperLike 12.9" screen cover. How do I know when you have sent it out to Taiwan? Do you have it's tracking number ?

    44. Jeeb Ishak on

      Get well soon, Jan. Got my Paperlike and extremely disappointed with the packaging as it is bent at the edges. Haven't installed it yet, as I'm not sure if its still usable being bent like this.

    45. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      Also anyone who's waiting for an answer to a private message, I expect to answer you tomorrow. Now I need to sleep.

    46. Jan Sapper 2-time creator on

      Thanks everyone for the feedback. Sorry for not being active on the wall in the last days. I've been sick and taking medication. (I don't trust myself when taking medication. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

      I understand some of you have had issues with the delivery and packaging. I want everyone to be happy with his/her PaperLike! So, as mentioned in my last comment, please write me directly if you're having issues with the shipping condition or application of the PaperLike. Many of you don't find the private message option, so alternatively please write me an email at

      Unproductive (and unfriendly) comments on the wall won't help anyone here. And hey, I wouldn't do this project if I wasn't 100% convinced it's an awesome product that gives you back the control when drawing instead of a slippery screen.

      Please be patient (and at least friendly), this is our first rodeo. :-)
      Again thank you all for your support and for being part of this!

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      Ok Jan
      Your hearing the reports but not saying anything - seems like another kickstarter piece of shit - it's getting to the point of not backing a kickstarter and wait to see how it goes - as a super backer - it seems less then 10% of what I backed really live up to what I was supposed to receive

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      Sumer on

      Hey received my paperlike today.
      I live in Mumbai, India
      The packaging was really flimsy and the corners are all bent. It will not stick on if I try to apply it onto the iPad.
      I've tried messaging you privately with no reply.

      Please help

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      Leroy Campbell on

      My experience is similar. I didn't have as many issues with application (though I still have a few bubbles). It really feels nice. I have better control with the Apple Pencil (using Paper by 53 and GoodNotes). But…

      …more importantly, is the annoying moiré effect I'm seeing. I'll try to live with it for a day at least. I'm not sure I'll make it. I can see repeating lines of red, green, and blue pixels. It's a downgrade from the Retina display. I'm just not willing to give up screen clarity.

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      Andrew Farmer on

      Reading the comments at least gives me a little more solice that I am not alone! Although delivered safely, the application is almost impossible. I bought two and destroyed the first trying to get a smooth application. The second is so-so. I will see if I can live with the bubbles, which are excessive and seem to occur even when there are no bits of fluff. Even then it seems impossible to stop the slightest spec of dust sticking during apllication.
      The effect is good but with the application issues I could not recommend it.

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