iPod & iPhone glass repair!
Ever wondered how you can make use of damaged LCD’s & Digitizers from repairs? Well… here’s how you can make money from old rope 🙂
This is just a quick tutorial on how to change the glass on your iPhone or iPod. The final image is a refurbished iPod screen. These steps are the same for each, only you use a different mold and add the bezel to the iPhone glass.
Tools you’ll need;
- Pre-heat reballing station with fixtures to hold glass in place.
- 50M Alloy wire.
- LUCA UV adhesive.
- UV Lamp.
- Plastic pry tool.
- Alcohol & debonder.
- Extraction fan & mask.
- ESD anti-static cleaning brush.
- Stanley blade.
While carrying out this refurbishment, I can’t stress enough how important it is to have an extraction fan and mask. You’ll be heating a lot of adhesive and the fumes WILL make you sick!
Firstly, you’ll need to remove the LCD & Digitizer from the glass. The best method for this is to set your plate to a temperature of 85 °C as to not cause any damage to the LCD, and for the adhesive to begin the debonding process.
For iPhone’s, simply heat the glass for a few seconds and remove the bezel before you begin.
Starting from the Home button, insert the Alloy wire and with a flossing motion begin to pry away the LCD/Digitizer from the glass. Repeat this process until the glass is ready to be removed.
The image to the left shows the final result of the LCD & Digitizer removal with the remaining adhesive.
Now we need to go-ahead and remove the remaining adhesive. Remembering to handle the LCD & Digitizer with care.
The best method I’ve found for doing this is using Super Glue debonder. Apply a thick layer of the debonder to the LCD & Digitizer, insuring none runs beyond the LCD or you’ll be left with a watery display. Leave to rest for a few minutes, and begin to remove the excess adhesive with your cleaning brush.
With the majority of adhesive now removed, carefully run your Stanley blade down the display at a 50° angle. Repeat this processes until you’re left with barley any adhesive.
Finally, with a cloth and isopropyl alcohol, remove the left over adhesive. You should now test the screens functionality.
Now here comes the sticky part 🙂 It’s probably best to use a set of gloves to prevent a massive clean up at the end of the refurbishment. LUCA UV adhesive tends to get everywhere, but isn’t a problem to remove once the repair is complete.
We now need to place the LCD & Digitizer into the correct mold ready for reattachment to the glass. It’s always best to use the highest quality glass available to you.
Apply the LOCA UV adhesive to the center of the display. Rest your plastic pry tool against either side of the LOCA adhesive. Position the glass correctly inside the mold and rest it down on top of the pry tool. Now slowly begin to remove the pry tool, bringing the glass into contact with the adhesive. Apply a slight pressure to the glass to ensure the entire underlay is covered. This method will prevent air bubbles in the adhesive.
We’re very nearly done with our iPod & iPhone glass repair! Yippee!
We now want to cure the adhesive with a UV lamp. This will bond your display to the glass, and by using our method, without air bubbles! Set your UV lamp on top of the screen for approximately 2 minutes.
Clear any remaining adhesive from the front and back of the glass. Put a fresh screen protector on and that’s it! Your iPod & iPhone glass repair is ready to be sold as a refurbishment or used again in another repair!