HALP!!! i spilled rubbing alcohol on my screen!

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  1. iTone macrumors member

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    Damn it! :(

    I was cleaning my wireless mighty mouse with a lil' bit of rubbing alcohol when like a dumb ass i spilled the bottle and it splashed on my screen. I dried it up right away and i didn't see any damage but a few minutes later i saw this:

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    When i tilt it back it sorta dissapears:

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    What do i do now? :( I searched and i couldn't find any rubbing alcohol damage threads.

    Damn, i am so bummed i don't want it to be permanently damaged. I worked my ass off to save to get this and it's only about a year old.
     
  2. MattyK macrumors 6502a

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    I'm stumped with this one.
    Your best bet is to go to a local Mac store and go to the Genius bar, and be honest with them what happened, maybe they could tell you how to fix it, or if you find someone nice enough, they'll cover it under applecare if you have it, keep doing google searches, look through forums and stuff.
    best of luck.
     
  3. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like the liquid has gotten between the layers of the LCD screen.......

    I doubt weather Applecare would cover this sort of problem.......but hey give it a try....
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    It won't be covered by AC, but it is definitely liquid under the screen.
     
  5. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    It may well evaporate given time.......................
     
  6. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    That's my thought.

    Maybe get a hairdryer, set it to cool (so it's not hot air) and try to blow it into the screen? Rubbing alcohol evaporates easily. If it got in there, you might be able to get some airflow into it to get it out.
     
  7. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    If you go the hair dryer route make sure its on COOL! I wouldnt be blowing all kinds of heat on the screen. As others suggested, I suspect it will evaporate as well.
     
  8. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    strange, alcohol should have evaporated. How did you spill it? From the top?
     
  9. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Try taking some water and wiping it down? It looks like some left over residue that can be washed away.
     
  10. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    How could that splash and get completely on the inside of the LCD? Doesn't the MB have a thin film/coating on it, the alcohol could have possibly "etched" it.
     
  11. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    the alcohol would have probably evaporated by now. but most rubbing alcohol contains ~30% water.... that water may take a while longer to evaporate. I think you're gonna be OK.
     
  12. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    This happened to me exactly.
    Don't worry.
    I was actually wiping my screen with rubbing alchohol, until I discovered I had left a huge spot that looked like liquid damage on the screen. The damage looked quite similar the problems others have had when spilling water on the screen. The best way to fix it is to just leave it alone.
    I was doubtful of that, so I left it alone for a while, and when it got smaller, I started moving it around, and started using it.
    However, that was the biggest mistake.
    Now, the alchohol is gone, but the "shadow" of where it was spilled still remains.
    My advice would be to just open the case up, and leave it alone for a week.
    Hopefully, it isn't your primary computer.
    Good Luck!
     
  13. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Also like how you had MacRumors open during the picture.:)
     
  14. iTone thread starter macrumors member

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    I just gave it a look and most of it evaporated over night.

    [​IMG]

    THANKS TO THE BABY JESUS! :D

    I hope the rest of it guess away with time and from now on no liquids around my MacBook.
     
  15. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I give you credit for originality, I was expecting this weeks "HELP I spilled _____ on my macbook" to be yogurt.

    I guess I lost that bet:(
     
  16. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    YAY !!
     
  17. iTone thread starter macrumors member

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    :D

    But not i have another question. Is there a way to open the screen and get in there to see if i can wipe it clean? :confused:
     
  18. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    To be honest, i would leave it well alone you could cause a lot of damage trying to open the screen bezel...........
     
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  20. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    If you have Applecare do not even think about attempting it. I would rather let it evaporate over time than void my Applecare.
     
  21. iTone thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright. I'll just let it be. Thanks to everyone for the advice during this small crisis.
     
  22. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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  23. WinkWink726 macrumors regular

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    I'm very happy for you that it all worked its way out! I had no advice to offer but i felt so bad for ya!!! :(
     
  24. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You're more like to get junk under the screen than to remedy the situation.
     
  25. rylin macrumors 6502

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    Personally, I think uniformity is much more important.
    Have you considered putting rubbing alcohol on the remaining parts of the screen? :D
    (Note: not entirely recommended ;) )
     

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