The result is actually much better than I anticipated – it is, without any exaggeration, just like having a brand new display. It's bright, clear, has better contrast and just looks amazing. It is more reflective than before, but it's actually quite similar to a new iMac screen. The drawing feel is very close to my Cintiq 27". As expected, it is a fingerprint and dust magnet but I use a glove anyway when drawing, so I don't mind. You do need the glove because your hand won't slide well on the bare glass.
So, how difficult was it?
The gel was never meant to be removed so this is not something to do lightly. You will absolutely void your warranty and risk damage to your device. You will also use chemicals, which are seriously toxic and dangerous to you and to your equipment. Read labels well, protect your hands, eyes and work surface. If this is not enough to deter you, here is how I did it.
What I used:
- Leather gloves (plastic gloves are better, the glue remover won't eat through them)
- Eye protectors
- A hair dryer
- Softcare glue remover
Step one: Peeling the gel (wear gloves)
After applying heat to a corner of the screen with the hair dryer to soften the glue, I worked my nail between the gel and the glass. It started to peel surprisingly easily. I did not wear gloves at this stage and after five minutes my hands were burning up. The glue Wacom uses to hold the gel in place is not your garden variety hobby glue. Wear gloves.
I found it helpful to trim off excess gel with scissors periodically, but do what works for you. It's easiest to work the sides first and slowly make your way to the centre.
Step 2: Removing glue residue
That said, using it is very easy. Spray it on, let it work for a few seconds, and use a piece of plastic or cardboard to scratch the glue residue off. Wipe, rinse and repeat. Be sure to not get any of the stuff in the edge seams of the glass or in the button openings. When you're done, wipe the surface off with a damp cloth, repeat this a number of times.
Dry, polish and you're done! You are now the owner of a very shiny old Cintiq.