Removing water from my phone screen

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Jul 11, 2009
  1. notnarb
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    My phone (the LG env2) accompanied me on a journey into my local swimming pool and after employing steps to prevent damage (removing the battery, rinsing with rubbing alcohol, wrapping in a paper towel and burying in cat litter for a couple days) the phone appears to be in good working condition - the keypad didn't work the first time I took it out but then worked fine after another day in the cat litter. The only thing that got damaged (besides the water indicators) was the external and internal screens. I had feared that the damage was permanent but upon leaving it in the cat litter for another day (for those wondering, cat litter contains dry clay which is extremely water absorbent) the big splotches seemed to dissipate into many smaller splotches on the main screen with what appears to be an all around improvement on the external screen. Now I am wondering about what next step to take
    Do I
    1) Try to rinse out the screen side of the phone with more 70% isopropyl alcohol
    2) Leave in cat litter until the screen gets better
    3) Leave it alone and hope for the best
    4) No don't! My screen is clearly dieing! I need to
    5) Man up and take it apart - so what if there aren't any readily accessible dissasembly guides, what's the worse that can happen?

    the main phone screen as depicted by my webcam - that is a flat surface with some bad lighting on the right Basically that middle band is what is uniformly spread about my screen
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    Some white stuff that appeared on the plastic interior of my external screen (chlorine?)
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    5 but make sure you read a tut on it first
    always do things with knoledge!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. notnarb
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    water indicators were hit with water, voiding the warranty and while I do have insurance, there is a 50 dollar copay. As the screen is now, it is perfectly usable and not worth the 50 dollars
     
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    you should see your cell phone provider or look for the phones warranty, and BTW do you pay insurance because they could change it for you.
     
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    I would turn it off and:
    "2) Leave in cat litter until the screen gets better."
    I would leave it in a different position each day.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking. That would be the safest way to get all the water out and to just wait it out for a while.
     
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    warranty is voided .... it got wet there are color change tabs on the board the battery and the battery compartment that turn red when wet to show water/fluid damage they will just refuse to even look at it! [​IMG]


    get a bag of dry rice and turn the phone off and remove the battery place the battery and the phone into the dry rice and leave it a couple of days to fully dry out any moisture! [​IMG]
     
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    Option 2 and then 5.

    Leave it for a week or so and see if it gets any better. If it still bothers you take it apart. You'd probably need special tools to open a phone though.
     
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    Personally, I'd remove the battery, open the phone (as in so you see the keyboard) and put it in a bag of rice. Then wait a few days. Rice is like the cat litter, absorbs water. I've just never heard of people using cat litter instead of using rice :/
     

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