I spilled wine on my Macbook PRO i7 and IM GOING TO CLEAN IT MYSELF.

selloutt

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Someone on this board had recommended using DIELECTRIC SPRAY. Is this necessary ? Can anyone recommend a brand and where to buy (online) ?

Any info appreciated.!
 

skip2

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Rinse it properly with deionized water, the sooner, the better. Soaking doesn't do any harm either if the wine is stuck on it. Main point is to get everything off that doesn't belong on the logic board. Remove battery, HDD and optical drive first. Then dry it somewhere properly (I used a box with silica to absorb all the moisture). Corrosion and short circuits that the wine might have caused are the worst things, but if there are neither you might very well get it fixed.
 

selloutt

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Thanks for the feedback skip2.

1 more thing...

The computer powered on but was acting funny. I saw some wine on the ram, but I dont really see any on the LB. It SMELLS like wine but I cant SEE any. Would you still recommend cleaning it or just clean the ram.?
 

kjos8035

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The title of this thread brings the lols. I'd just use an ever-so slightly damp cloth and wipe it down. Some drunk kid spilled a whiskey sour all over my MBP and I just cleaned it out with a damp rag and some compressed air.

GL
 

glhiii

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Couldn't fix MBA keyboard

My wife spilled coffee on her MBA keyboard. I did everything possible, and brought it partway back so it would type most (but not all) keys. I thought about buying a new keyboard and installing it myself, but then looked at iFixit and was amazed at how difficult that would be on an MBA. So we had Apple fix it for a LOT of money. I think if you have a normal MBP, you could just buy a keyboard from iFixit or some other online place and replace it yourself. The MBP isn't that hard to take apart; it's not like the MBA.
 

sydenham

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Turn it off immediately. Wait a day or two and let it dry. Go get some spray, from an electronics supplier. I forget the name but it will spray on and evaporate immediately. It is used for cleaning electronic components. I would not use water or anything else on the inside of the computer. Fingers crossed and you might be ok.
 

kjos8035

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Wait... how did you get wine on your logic board and ram...? Drinking while opening up your MBP and you spilled on it?
 

silentsage

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Do not use water of any kind on any of the electrical parts (e.g., the circuit boards or cables and connectors), it will damage them.

I work in an electronics lab. When we need to clean circuit boards we use plain alcohol. It will dissolve most contaminants and does not affect the electronics. If your logic board has wine residue on it, you can just hold the board over a glass bowl and rinse it with alcohol straight from the bottle. You can also use a soft artists brush to rub the alcohol on spots that are stubborn, just don't get too rough.

When you're done, the alcohol will left behind will quickly evaporate.

You can use water on the plastic and aluminum parts, but don't let it get on the cables. Use alcohol for those too.

Do not let the alcohol get anywhere near your display panel, it can damage it. Use a damp cloth.
 

selloutt

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WHERE CAN I BUY THIS "ALCOHOL"?

Do not use water of any kind on any of the electrical parts (e.g., the circuit boards or cables and connectors), it will damage them.

I work in an electronics lab. When we need to clean circuit boards we use plain alcohol. It will dissolve most contaminants and does not affect the electronics. .
 

skip2

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Deionized water should not damage anything on the logic board. The problem with other solvents is that they might damage the plastic and rubber components. Pure ethanol might be better than deionized water but for me at least it's much much harder to obtain. I don't know what the keyboard construction of the unibody MacBook Pros is like, but at least the old plastic MacBook keyboard is not easy to get clean with just rinsing it, so you'd have to soak it and at least some solvents will damage the keys, dunno if ethanol would though.

The advantages of most solvents is that they evaporate more quickly than water does so using them saves time, but you shouldn't be in a hurry.

Also do not turn the computer on until you've cleaned it for good and dried it, the short circuits will very likely do damage.
 

erasr

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That reminds me I must get some screw drivers to open up my MBP and get rid of the Apple juice I spilt on it 2 months ago. Half a bottle too!

Only damage I had was on the trackpad and sticky keys.

I heard Apple products react better to Apple juices.
 

silentsage

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The alcohol that is used is methanol, which is the same as rubbing alcohol you can get at a drugstore. Just make sure you get plain alcohol, not the kind with any additives.

Cleaning with methanol is standard in the electronics industry. The elastomers and plastics used on circuit cards are designed to handle it.
 

selloutt

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Ok then. SO just to be clear, the best thing to clean the LB and all the internals with is that 91% rubbing alcohol I can buy at CVS ? If thats true, that is GREAT.
 

silentsage

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Not sure what I was thinking when I wrote methanol. The other posters are correct, isopropyl alcohol is what I meant.
 

Miss Terri

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A problem might be that you have turned it on already. Years ago, a friend left his Toshiba laptop under a leaky window, it got wet, and he dried it slightly and then turned it on (you know, in a bit of a panic to see whether it was damaged). That cost him a new motherboard.

Next time it happened (I know, I know,move it from under the window... was not my computer nor my window though), he waited DAYS before turning it on, waiting for it to dry completely, assisting it with fans, warm air blowing over it, etc. That time he started it up and everything was fine, even though I think it got more water on it that time than the first time.

THEN he fixed the window, so there was no third time.

OTOH, since what it done is done, it probably can't hurt to try, as long as you are careful not to cause more damage (to something else that isn't already damaged).

Miss Terri