URGENT: sticky MacBook keyboard!!

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  1. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a

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    I spilled some red bull on my brand new macbook :(:(:( ...it wasn't much, I let it dry and I cleaned the outside....everything works fine, the keyboard works too....every single key works. But some of them are sticky! And it is very uncomfortable to write on!

    Obviously with these keyboard designs I can't take the keyboard off and clean under it, and I don't want to take it to the Apple store because it's not really damaged and they won't cover spills....

    Is there a way to clean under the keys to clean out the stickyness? Please help! :(
     
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    You can easily take off the keys to clean them, just pull :)
     
  4. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Do you mean 'sticky' as in not coming up after you press them?

    If so, you might have to take the case apart. That's probably not going to go away on its own. Ignore the unhelpful responses above. You can find guides on iFixit.com.
     
  5. MarlboroLite thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a guide on how to do this?? I'm scared to just pop the keys off!
     
  6. MarlboroLite thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    They are coming up....just delayed due to the stickyness
     
  7. mildolvws macrumors newbie

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    Right here.

    Take out the battery, the RAM, then undo a few screws.

    Then put it in the dishwasher!

    :D
     
  8. joecool99 Suspended

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    macbook sticky keyboard liquid spill damage repair fix

    same here. quite a few keys are sticky - all works fine though.
    i was considering taking it apart and rinse the keyboard with rubbing alcohol and let dry.

    anyone can comment on that ? is that safe approach ?
     
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    isopropyl rubbing alcohol ?

    Pure ispropyl alcohol is not conductive. In other mixtures such as 91%, it depends on what that other 9% is. If it's distilled water, that won't conduct, either. But if it's tap water, there are some ions in there so beware. Some drug stores have 99% isopropyl alcohol; use that.

    so the ? is - how about buying few bottles of this and pour them over the keyboard ? it's the unibody design - unfortunately in this case :-(
     
  10. freddy-b macrumors regular

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    pour over? no, dont do that.. i did that with my iphone 3g and it passed away.

    get a can of air compresser keyboard cleaner, its got this Liquid inside which is realy good, because its not conductive and it sprays out the right amount. and it dryes very quick.
     
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    compressed gas with liquid inside ? come again, explain.
     
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  13. ancient macrumors newbie

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    As I understand it, compressed air cans can drip either condensed liquid propellant, or condensed moisture from the air - in both cases it is due to the cooling effect of forcing the gas through a small nozzle.

    The back of my can has instructions on how to use it to avoid this (basically holding the can at a slight angle as you spray) - I assume others would have similar warnings.
     
  14. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

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    Number one rule of my Mac: Liquid shall not come within 10 feet of my machine. Yes, it might be more work :)eek:), but I will get up from my chair to get a drink.
     
  15. freddy-b macrumors regular

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    but that liquid is good, it cleans and it dose somthing to the dust and dirt and everything... and that liquid dryes realy quick.
     

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