Coke spill on Santa Rosa MBP keyboard!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Inspiratron, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. Inspiratron macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2006
    Hello all,

    I was at my desk with a nice can of Coca-Cola, and accidentally knocked the coke over onto the right side of my SR 15" MacBook Pro... it hit has made F10-12 sticky, as well as "-", "=", "[", "]", my "return" key, and my right shift key... any ideas on how to clean it out? i did the obvious unplug-remove battery-turn upside down procedure, but the keys do stick. Any ideas? I've already tried removing and washing off the key covers...

  2. rychencop macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2007
    soda is the worst. you will need to disassemble it to really clean it and it may still stick. you may want to consider a new keyboard.
  3. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  4. Inspiratron thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2006
    ok, any ideas on how to disassemble? i've taken the top off of the computer before, the keyboard looked incredibly hard to take off

    and, i don't think a new keyboard/upper assembly is an option for me, i'm in high school and don't have a job
  5. blurfonz macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    Sorry to hear that. Gotta learn this painful lesson. NO DRINKS new mac!
  6. theappledream macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2008
    Same thing happened to me

    The first day I got my macbook pro.:mad:. After a while the sticky keys will go away. Go take it to the apple store and see what they can do.
  7. Inspiratron thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2006
    i wish.

    i'm in canada

    no apple stores within 200km, and as stated before, i'm a high schooler, no car :(
  8. LedCop macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    Hmm... would rinsing just the top case with water make things worse...
  9. macrem macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2008
    One time I spilled a glass of white wine at the opposite side of the coffee table from my old TiBook (this was quite some time ago). The wine glass falling catapulted some wine across the coffee table right onto the keyboard! I immediately shut it down, removed the keyboard (some wine was under the keyboard too) and dried everything out well before reassembly, then it worked perfectly. Perhaps Apple laptops, being from California, like wine :D
  10. cmatt macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    my vice is coffee... the inspiron i am using has had 2 keyboards in 1 year :p

    not to mention a new screen.... :( still, easy to fix unlike the mac book airs...

    it was cheap so i don't really care for it mind you :eek:
  11. Inspiratron thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2006
    hmmm... i fixed the problem (somewhat) by removing the affected keys again, plus the white plastic "pads" that they sit on (these are the pieces of plastic that the keys themselves lock into)

    a bit of coke did spill into the hinge (where, most of you know, there is access to the inside thru the vents), but i don't think any coke got on the board itself, so i'll leave that alone...
  12. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    Put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Of course the battery has been removed. Disassemble as much as you can and carefully spray the affected area. Then take a hair dryer and on low heat dry the area. You don't want to soak it.
  13. coledog macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2006
    Roanoke, VA
    Here's a linky to ifixit's guide to disassembling the top case.

    Use rubbing alcohol as stated in the previous great. I had to do that on previous computer also.

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