Adhesive: it's a love/hate relationship among many repair shops. More and more mobile device manufacturers are using adhesive in place of clamps, clips, and screws, so learning the basics of adhesives, and how to properly work with them is important, lest the adhesive aspect of your repair fails, and a customer returns upset. iPads, iPods, and some phones have their screens held on by very strong adhesive. In fact, the only way to get inside an iPad is to break this adhesive bond and doing so for any reason aside from replacing a broken screen puts an otherwise good screen at risk of breaking upon removal and coming loose again after being put back. If your iPad has a damaged charge port, a broken earphone jack, or damaged buttons, the glass needs to come off. In this video, iFixit brought together a couple of representatives of Tesa Tape, an adhesive manufacturer, as well as Jessa Jones with Mendon iPad Rehab, Neils Brooks with Texas Nerd and me. This is an hour long video, but if you have any interest in producing the highest quality adhesive bond, you may find some benefit here. Enjoy! :)
As 2015 winds down, we hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! It's been a very, very busy year here at riceisfordinner.com. So busy as of late, that we haven't made any new blog posts since the end of September! This is just a short post demonstrating a screen replacement on an iPad 3, which includes some corner repairs done with a gTool and a jewelers file, complete removal of the old adhesive residue (stay tuned for a post dedicated to adhesives), and primer applied to the frame where the new adhesive will be placed. The total elapsed time from start to finish for the actual glass replacement was about 37 minutes, which is a little longer than usual due to the need to repair two damaged/dented corners before placing the new screen. Flat corners on an iPad mean the new glass will crack when attempting to press into place. In future posts, we hope to show our process, step-by-step, for you DIYers and/or repair shops looking for tips. For now, here's our time-lapse repair video, and one of our very "busy" desks. Yes, that is a model X-wing fighter (uncompleted) spinning around. A Star Destroyer kit can be seen on the right side of the frame, and Darth Maul lightsaber chopsticks are laying on the desk midway down on the right. Yes, we're that nerdy, but too busy to finish them. :)
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