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So we successfully repaired the cracked glass face plate on our iPhone 3G. But I would not and will not recommend anyone do this repair on an iPhone they actually intend to use. It is not worth the time or trouble. I suggest phone insurance and a simple replacement.
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very good presentation with some humor. The process applies to many other devices too. I always use latex gloves, unpowdered, when handling the innards of gizmos and especially clear materials. The tape may not hold after the effects of time, temperature variations, and general deterioration. Also, checking on iFixIt, the parts list doesn't specifically indicate front glass face plate but "iPhone 3G Front Panel, Includes touchscreen glass and integrated digitizer. Does not include adhesive strips. This item does not work in the iPhone 3GS." Product code: IF137-000-1
That was very funny. Thank you for sharing it. Please repair some more stuff and post how you do it.
I think the tape you used was too cheezy, like it was from the 97 cent store... Use 'carpet tape' that you buy from the hardware store. Costs about 5 bucks and is made of thin fabric with really sticky stuff on both sides. P.S. Does this set of instructions apply to 1st gen iPhones too? Thanks!
Hello, Please, how did you manage to get the backlight working again? And where is the small orange ribbon connector marked 3 supposed to enter? Thanks a lot! Olivier
FYI that was no ordinary hair dryer. It is a Heat Gun. That's why the US electric grid dimmed when you used it - the thing is designed to put out a lot of heat. And it will melt hair!! Terry Thomas President PC Tech Atlanta, Georgia USA
...you can't get it through AT&T or Apple. You'd have to get it through a third party, and it might be a bit more expensive than your typical cellphone insurance (which runs about $5 a month).
using carpet tape would have probably worked a lot better. The thickness might be a problem, but it's very strong. Gorilla Glue/Polyurethane Glue - but it expands. "CA" or SuperGlue - woodworking stores carry multiple thicknesses. Medium or Thick would work very well for this. The Thin doesn't seem to hold as well. If you guys are going to keep tearing stuff up, each of these are available in small quantities, for well under $5.
That was fun. More repair blurbs might be a good addition to the crackit series. Some nice quick-set 2part epoxy might have been a good choice for an adhesive here, though once done, there won't be any getting it apart with a hair dryer...
I won't be buying one! I break every phone I have within a week and insurance usually only pays out once! Good article.
Wouldn't it have been easier and better to purchase the glass and frame already assembled. If not available assembled, your experience indicates that purchasing the frame as well as the glass is also necessary for a good repair. Good article!
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So, Other suggestions: 2. Use contact cement instead of double sided sticky tape. Will work better. 3. After clamping, heat the components again, so the plastic will conform to the glass again, thus eliminating the warping and tension. 1. Clean the glass on both sides before re-assembling. (notice the numerical order! :) Happy New Year! -Charlie
The other method of attachment you might have tried is the "tape of the gods" - Scotch brand #4010 double-sided tape. I've seen this used for computer windows and those folks have reportedly not had to re-attach. Regular 3/4" width, but can be cut down to very thin widths. I've used it to attach vent screening and not had trouble with it. Carpet tape - feh! much too likely to fail, especially for the small area you have there. Epoxies are much harder to recover from, and I'm 'way to messy to do a clean job.