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Initial post: May 20, 2013 2:18:56 PM PDT
JohnD says:
I had my paperwhite with me this weekend and was using some spray-on sunscreen. The finish on the Paperwhite has bubbled and peeled up wherever I touched the device with sunscreen on. Still works fine but looks and feels terrible. Will have to get a skin.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 2:22:17 PM PDT
On the screen or on the bezel?

Posted on May 20, 2013 2:23:14 PM PDT
JohnD says:
The bezel and the back. Screen is fine.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 2:29:14 PM PDT
That's some good info. Thanks.

You might want to send feedback to Amazon and let them know.

Posted on May 20, 2013 2:37:32 PM PDT
JohnD says:
Will do. Have to get home and find the exact brand of sunscreen.

Posted on May 20, 2013 2:39:16 PM PDT
That is really strange. Something that could damage the surface of plastic would be pretty harsh on the skin as well, or so you would think.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 2:50:38 PM PDT
Loz says:
A lot of sunscreen can be harsh on the skin...but that is weird about the OP's kindle.

Posted on May 20, 2013 11:25:18 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
ok, a quick google turns up Nooks ruined by sunscreen, car interiors ruined by sunscreen, and the following warning on some sunscreens: Avoid contact with plastics

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 7:33:33 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Just think what it's doing to your skin if that's what it does to a Kindle!

Posted on May 21, 2013 7:36:02 AM PDT
It might not be the sunscreen itself, but perhaps the propellant?

That said, I know sunscreen will make some nail polish gummy.

Posted on May 21, 2013 7:52:18 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
one of the google results listed the alcohol as potentially the problem

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 7:55:50 AM PDT
It really would never have occurred to me; sorry that happened to you, but thanks for mentioning it!

Back when I kept acrylic nails on, in the summer, I'd pay extra for the uv-hardened gel on top, because when I used sunscreen, it ruined the polish, every time.

I guess it kind of makes sense that it would eat that rubbery stuff, too. :0/

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 7:57:25 AM PDT
That doesn't surprise me - alcohols are pretty good solvents.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 8:13:22 AM PDT
Pamela says:
Digital cameras are affected by sunscreen, too, on any rubber areas.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 8:19:17 AM PDT
It looks like summer Kindlers need to put their devices in the Ziplocs *before* they slather on the SPF.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 8:54:44 AM PDT
Tim W. says:
It might be good to avoid spray-on insect repellent. When I was on vacation last month, I pitched some Repel and some cheap earbuds in the same bag. Apparently, the Repel was leaking a bit and the rubber coating on the earbud wires had dissolved into a black sticky mess. No, I didn't try it on the Kindle to see if it had the same effect. (No!) I'm glad it was cheap earbuds and not my Kindle. :D

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 8:56:59 AM PDT
Yuck! Duly noted; caution is called for.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 9:07:41 AM PDT
Pamela says:
I've read of similar issues with some hand creams, too.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 9:25:05 AM PDT
JohnD says:
The product was Coppertone Sport High Performance. It is a spray-on so it might be the propellant.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2013 9:38:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2013 9:40:38 AM PDT
Pamela says:
True. So many products without propellant cause it also.

ETA - insect repellant does it, as well.
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