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So I’ve tried kitchen cling film and it’s neither easy to apply and keep clear and non wrinkly, nor feels thick/ strong protection enough to prevent scratches & impact damage.

It’s also a mess in the wrap around the backside.

wrap back

  • So I’m wondering if tablet screen protection type or other film / clear sheets or rolls might be better suited here?

  • And or using proper blade / technique / steps / hot air gun / hair dryer stuff (saw some Video online) might be better?

Primary application being this kitchen weighing machine with calorie counting.

Might try the same with the following.

Neither do I like the this pre stitched cover as when I’m half asleep, it’s hard to find and feel the buttons and point it correctly to the Window AC.

So this would be my secondary application if I can find a solution for the primary above.

remote cover

Update, from comments asking more about the need for this

So as to not have to find a way to scrub out spices, herbs & hot curries & gravies from the surface & the "nooks & crannies" near the display edges & side edges. And to prevent scratches. The film works ok and no false reading so far but it's not very durable - it’s not run of the mill kitchen scale but an expensive nutrition scale. The safety precautions say to save from wet & damp:

Nutrition scale


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I once had neighbours who left the protective plastic bags over the seats of their car, that it was delivered with. I presumed so that the seats stayed in nice condition. The problem was, their nice car seats were horrible to sit on and to look at, and IMO the logic was flawed.

Here, you want to cover your nice devices in film so they don't get scratched and dirty. Yet the result is you are using devices that look terrible. So you might as well just let them suffer wear and tear and enjoy them for what they are.

However, I can offer some suggestions:

  • Have the devices professionally shrink-wrapped with thicker plastic, but they might still not be free from wrinkles and bubbles.

  • Buy a pack of polythene bags of the right size to keep the devices in. When the bag gets soiled, replace. Surely better than cling film.

  • Place a sheet of kitchen roll paper on the scale before use, to protect it.

  • Store the kitchen devices away from areas where they are likely to get soiled, and put them away after use.


You can shrink wrap yourself cheaply and easily with heat-shrink bags intended for the job, using a hair dryer. For example from here. There is a wide choice, and you can also buy shrink film by the roll. It might need replacing from time to time, but has to be nicer than cling film.

  • ha ha! I know people who add such seat covers :D. Its okay for a while, but "experience" of sitting on them is not comfy. Hence, its dependent on Device vs Experience tradeoff. Tons of people use Mobile phone cases, my cousin hates them & keeps his naked. I've switched between thick, slim to none w phone cases. I've bumped around Thinkpads after they were not new anymore, but cant imagine doing the same with my Surface Pro or if I had an Apple laptop. For me, scale & remote are things I deem differently than above devices. PS: Pro shrink wrap? How? What kind? Where? Detail pls.
    – Alex S
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 15:18
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    @AlexS I have added more detail. Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 15:36

I am going to answer the scale part with an alternative suggestion, based on well over four decades of kitchen experience. Note that my answer is usually not considered a “hack”, but the standard approach.

When scales like yours are shipped without a matching bowl or container for weighing, they are intended to be used with whatever plate or bowl you are going to put your ingredient(s) in and to use the tare function extensively. In short, place e.g. a plate on the weighing surface, tare the scale, add substance to be weighed, -> read scale. If you have multiple ingredients all going into one container, tare between steps. The nice thing is that by weighing directly into the final bowl or plate you are not only saving on washing up, but also don’t lose some of the ingredient because it sticks to the scale or weighing bowl. Your assumption that it’s often not a good choice to place food items directly on the scale is correct.

To protect the scale from scratches (which btw is a cosmetic issue, it doesn’t impact the functionality), make sure to pick a container with a smooth bottom - some ceramics can be quite scratchy - or place a sheet of paper or parchment on the scale first, leaving the display and buttons uncovered, of course.

A sheet of parchment can also be useful when using a super sensitive scale where a bowl would exceed the scale’s range. I use an electronic jeweler’s scale for some baking applications (0.3 g yeast or 2.5g salt for example) and weight onto a snippet of paper.

  • I can handle the Tare and other functions. I do not have much control over my mothers kitchen, her bowls, dripping gravies, spices/ herbs powders & wet spots on the kitchen platform. And I'd like to keep my "cosmetic" without any scuffs. So bottom line is your suggestion is parchment paper to temporary place on the top? I need a more resilient permanent longer term, WATER/ LIQUID/ POWDER proof layering for Top & Bottom. I'd appreciate inputs in that direction if any. PS: I REPEAT, I am not concerned about the slight "change" in measurement - my problem to fix.
    – Alex S
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 6:18
  • @AlexS Ah! It feels like the real problem description is in this ^ comment - protect the gadget when spillage is likely e.g. because of shaking hands or other loss of dexterity or simply because of different standards in communal settings. In those cases my answer will be of limited use. (Not completely useless for future readers, so I will leave it for now.) We here at Lifehacks SE are very aware of the XY Problem, hence the seemingly excessive request for details and clarification.
    – Stephie
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 6:29
  • Problem is viewer bias. You have been all around the garden but refuse to focus on the spot I’ve put my focus on and asked you to do so. It’s very focused and clear in my question; I’ll bold those parts later, so that you can look at it with a fresh viewpoint
    – Alex S
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 7:08
  • As long as you remember that this is Lifehacks and How-to questions asking for just an instruction is explicitly off topic.
    – Stephie
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 7:35
  • I asked for solution for clear insulation for electronic devices, not coooking SE distraction that you took
    – Alex S
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 8:10

a ziploc bag. This is made of polythene. Put scales in and seal. Try weighing with and without it to see that it doesn't affect the function.

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