I dropped my iPhone 3GS 32GB in paint.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by physigory, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. physigory macrumors newbie

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    Today at work I dropped my iPhone in paint, the screen and everything is working fine except for the speaker and the camera --- help?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Meaning they both don't work?

    And by dropped, do you mean there is some paint on it or was there some submerging.
     
  3. physigory thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There was submerging, it's completely clean now except there is still some paint in the holes, the headphone jack is working fine, I think that the paint is pushing into the jack though to disable the speaker, the camera is foggy.
     
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  5. trajen macrumors 6502a

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    Get some mineral spirits and a toothbrush or toothpick and have at it! Good luck! :)
     
  6. physigory thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mineral spirits?
     
  7. alm99 macrumors 6502

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    Paint thinner
     
  8. physigory thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wouldn't that eat away at my phone?
     
  9. rmb7984 macrumors regular

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    I'd try it in a small area first to see. It'll may make the finish on the case hazy. But you don't really have a lot to lose. I mean, your phone has paint on it :p
     
  10. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    Too bad you didn't have the 16Gb 3Gs, those are paint proof :rolleyes:

    Make sure you don't turn it on, (sounds like it's too late for that though) and take it apart, clean it throughly. I wouldn't have too many hopes for the camera.
     
  11. physigory thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There's no paint on it, I cleaned that off right after it happened. There's just a small amount inside, and the camera is only hazy, not not working. It's still under warranty...
     
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    Hate to break this to you, but it's no longer under warranty. Pay $199 for a replacement.
     
  14. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    It'll be the paint inside that's causing the problems. And as someone else said, warranty is now void. So either open it and clean it, live with the fuzzy camera/broken speaker, or pay for a $199 replacement.
     
  15. Badfoot macrumors 6502

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    So what colour is it now ?. If ok maybe submit as a suggestion to apple for a new model ?
     
  16. MAJE5T1C macrumors newbie

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    Just take it apart 3g is very easy to do clean out the paint and buy a speaker and camera from ebay speaker costing around £3 new camera only costing around £8 phone fixed for £11 jobs a gudn
     
  17. physigory thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The camera and speaker are working just fine now, I guess iphones can endure a lot.
     
  18. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    Do NOT use paint thinner! I'd either use the phone as is and be content with
    its limited abilities or as another suggested, pay the $199 and get a new one.
     
  19. rmb7984 macrumors regular

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    Then paint thinner isn't necessary. Considering that your warranty is now void, if I was you, I'd take it apart and use a moist toothbrush to remove any remaining paint. That may get it working again.

    Good luck!
     

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