If one of your buttons on your TV remote does not work, you have to fix it yourself, especially when want to avoid the high cost of a replacement remote. Most remotes have electrically conductive paint on the bottom of each rubber button. The more you use each button, the more the paint wears off. You do not need to worry because you can get a repair kit that comes with two-part conductive paint. While every remote is different, there are general tips you can follow to disassemble and fix your remote.
Tools & Materials You Need
- Old Toothbrush
- Butter Knife
- Digital Camera
- Repair Kit
- Dishwashing Liquid
Take a Picture
First, you can start by removing the screws. They are usually hidden in the battery compartment under labels and rubber feet. Then, it is highly recommended that you should take a picture of the remote with the screws near their holes. Please make sure that you get a clear shot of all the buttons and any slide switches along the side of the remote. Once you pop open the remote, those slide switches may fly out.
Separate & Wash
In order to separate the halves, press a butter knife along the seam and look for “give.” It should be very easy to tell these two sections of the remote apart. Next, you can press in at those points and pry the halves apart. Inside there, you will find either individual rubber buttons, or a single molded sheet containing all the buttons. If you have spilled anything sticky on your remote, just dunk the rubber buttons/sheet, plastic case and any hard plastic buttons in a bowl of warm water and dishwashing liquid. After that, you can brush off the debris, rinse all the parts with warm water and let them dry.
Painting the Buttons
Following the mixing and application instructions, you can paint the buttons with a new coat of conductive paint. You should paint all of them as long as you have the case open. The paint dries in about 24 hours, but it needs a full 72 hours to cure completely. This is the reason why you take the digital photos because you could remember how to reassemble your remote three days later.
As a tip, you should not rush the curing process or you will be repeating the repair in a year or so. Furthermore, you must not use the rubbing alcohol that you used for the circuit board because it can remove the ink writing on the buttons. Finally, reassemble the remote and you are ready to surf. Have a blast with your new remote!
An easy way to keep your remote clean is to wrap it with cling wrap. The cling wrap will protect it from liquid spills, prevent it from gathering dust around the buttons, and it can easily be changed if it tears or gets dirty. If you do not have cling wrap or if it comes off your remote too easily, you can keep it in a plastic bag instead. Other than that, the only option is to clean it every week or so to avoid having to tackle it with the in-depth method, unless your remote quits functioning normally or you spill some soda on it.