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Repair A Phone Screen With Epoxy

Repair A Phone Screen With Epoxy


[intro music] Alright, if you’ve been subscribing to my channel for a while, then you’ve probably seen my most popular video, which is a video of me repairing a phone screen with super glue. This video worked out pretty well, and it got me to thinking, what else can I use to repair a phone screen? So, what I have here today is my daughter’s iPad. As you can see is pretty damaged. Lots of chips in the screen, there’s some pieces of glass missing all together. Now that doesn’t necessarily affect the screen itself, but I wanna go ahead and get those filled in before she loses any more of the glass on this thing. What I’ve got here is some 5 minute gap-filling Epoxy. I bought it at Tractor Supply, it’s just the Permatex brand, not anything fancy. And what I’m gonna do is squeeze a little bit here onto this plate. And then I’m gonna mix it up with this knife. You wanna make sure you mix it up really good. And this is supposed to dry clear, so really gonna cross my fingers on that, because as you mix it up, it almost turns white. If you hear that crunching noise
in the background that’s my dog, Lolly. because I don’t have a decent studio to record in so I’m in my living room. But, anyway. So we’ve got the Epoxy mixed up really well now. And now I’m gonna go over here and try to apply some of it to this screen. Let’s see if I can get the camera to focus on the damaged part of the screen. Okay. Now I’m gonna take this Epoxy that we’ve mixed up. I’m just gonna try to get it to fill in as many of those spots as I can. Now, if you’re not familiar with Epoxy or you haven’t worked with it before, don’t be worried, it’s simple. It’s just glue that you mix up. It’s pretty forgiving, five minute drying, that gives you plenty of time to fill in whatever gap you need to fill like this. You can buy it at most stores. Anything like Walmart, or whatever. I just bought this at Tractor Supply because I go there and get equipment from time to time for my knife-making videos and things. So I have Epoxy on hand most of the time, this happens to be a tube that’s left over from making some scales on a knife in one of my other videos. You wanna smooth it over the best you can, and don’t worry about the excess, we’re gonna scrape that off here in just a minute just like we did in the other video, when we were working with super glue. So the excess is not a problem, we’re gonna scrape it flat. The main thing to focus on here is make sure you get the gaps filled in well. We don’t want any empty spaces, I want this to be smooth once it’s finished. Ideally I wouldn’t be using a serrated knife for this but that’s all I had on hand at the moment. So it’s gonna have to work. Actually have another spot right here I’d like to fill in. Okay. So now I’ve filled in these cracks well. You can see the shine right there. If I can get it to reflect again. You can see the Epoxy, I know this black background doesn’t really do any good on the camera. Let’s see, you can see I’ve got Epoxy there on a crack, and then there’s tons of Epoxy right there. Which is fine, we’re just working to seal up these gaps. I want it a smooth surface when I’m finished so I’m gonna give this about five minutes to dry. And this is the way that I use to determine how dry my Epoxy is. I like to just take the leftover pile of Epoxy that I have on the plate and scoop it up into a big blob on your putty knife or your kitchen utensil if that’s what you’re using. And then just find a spot on the plate and stick it to it. Alright, now you can see I’ve brought my razor blade out. It’s been about 15 minutes so it should be good and dry. You can see the knife and the plate are bending but the Epoxy is no longer tacky. It feels kinda rubbery. But you want to be able to scrape off – if I do this without slicing my finger open. You probably can’t see that on camera but, you won’t be able to slice into this. If you cut into it and it’s gummy or something it’s not dry. Because the last thing you want is to end up just smearing more of it onto your screen. So what I’m gonna do is now take this razor blade and you want a good sharp razor blade, preferably a new one. and we’re gonna scrape the screen. You can see down here, these are fingerprints, where I was using the Epoxy a minute ago, and I’m gonna use those to demonstrate what we’re trying to do. This is our goal, to take this razor blade, and just scrape that stuff off. It’s not gonna hurt your glass. This is Gorilla Glass, most common phones are today, anyway, they’re made of Gorilla Glass, and it’s much tougher than this razor blade. It’s not gonna cut your phone or anything like that. So scraping it along the screen is just gonna clean your screen. That’s why you want a good, new razor blade, preferably, because you want a nice, flat scraper. Now I’m gonna start with this corner up here. You can see the Epoxy is nice and hard. I can scratch it, so it’s dried to almost a plastic texture. You’re gonna have to be slow and methodical with this. You wanna just wanna scrape up under it. But you’re not trying to peel the Epoxy off the screen, you want to leave what fell down into the cracks down in there, while still removing the other bits. And you end up with this film. That’s garbage. But now we have a nice divet repaired in the screen. You can see there, you barely can even feel it when you run your finger across it. Now I know it’s still visible, but that will help hold the glass together, and it’ll keep it from further separating or cracking. Now we’re gonna do the same thing over here, with this larger area. Alright, and you can see where the filler went in, it’s nice and dry under there. It filled in the cracks beautifully. And of course, the iPad still works. Now, I wouldn’t recommend this fix for covering your screen itself, but on many phones and just about every tablet you’re gonna have this border around your screen and that’s what this is for. A lot of times when a tablet gets dropped, and in this case my daughter is five, so she carries this thing everywhere with her, and it does get dropped and things and this is what happens. No it doesn’t look perfect, but it does fill in the gaps and protect it from further damage. Now I don’t have to worry about this separating any further, and causing further damage. Now if you like this fix, go ahead and subscribe to my channel, because in a future video, I’m gonna be using a tube of specially formulated Epoxy that is called glass resin. If you’re doing this fix that we just did you can use any kind of Epoxy, I highly recommend you find something that’s clear. And it’ll say that’s it’s clear, diamond clear, something like that. And you should use that, but subscribe to the channel, and in a future video I’m going to be using a tube of glass resin, which is similar to Epoxy, but it’s actually made to fill gaps in glass. It’s the same stuff they use for fixing windshields on cars. So ideally, it has the same refractivity level as glass itself. So when you put it into the gaps, you’re not supposed to be able to see it at all. So stay tuned, I’ll have that video up soon. And if this helped you out, just leave a like on the video. Thanks for watching. [outro music]

100 thoughts on “Repair A Phone Screen With Epoxy”

  1. I'd probably add a bit of heat or a drop of lacquer thinker to make it runny. Or I would use the UV curing glue, it is very runny, but good job.

  2. is that an ipad 2 ? lmao i cracked mine in the corner too just like that… i dropped it from 30cm.. weak ass screen

    or maybe its because it weighs a lot

  3. Good job ….If u use the depoxi instead of empoxi on black area of tab…if need good finishing first depoxi and then epoxi over it ….then broken line will not b visible….

  4. Empeche toute réparations futur et téléphone bon a jeter a la poubelles puisque indémontable!!! au final y'a pas de difference, n'importe quoi.

  5. i have a question. i have samsung galaxy j5 2015 and i have top of the screen big space and on top of the screen is a gap for a screen from flash light, and front camera. i need to know can i use it without any risk?

  6. Really liked the video @trent. I was wondering if you could use regular clear epoxy or super glue. One thing to consider to make the job safer and probably easier is to use a snap-blade utility knife.

    However;
    Whenever someone brings an Apple phone or Ipad to my shop for repair I tell that all Apple devises are easy to fix and you only need one tool. Their mouth usually drops open and they ask, "How?" I tell them get a hammer, smash the devise into as many small pieces as you can. Then go to Amazon or whatever store you like, and buy a PC based devise.

  7. the issue that should be told is only do this if you never plan on replacing the screen as i imagine you will not to be able to do a real screen repair after this

  8. Im glad I watched all of this, it will help me with my cracked phone screen. Im already getting a new phone, but the old one still works, the screen is just badly cracked. My goal is to fix the black edge parts as you did here, then find a good way to repair the actual visual display part with another clearer better quality type of resin filler. This will make the phone a great backup or secondary device rather than simply throwing it away. The best way to avoid cracked screens in the first place is to just get a nice case for your device along with a screen protector. I thought I was ninja enough to not need a protector for my phone lol, but I was wrong. 😀

  9. In England they have car screen repairers that under insurance will come out and repair a stone chip on the front car screen and this is done under pressure where the hole is cleaned and then pressure filled with a clear epoxy filler then polished so you cant see the chip. Bob in the UK

  10. Always try to push the blade away from you VS towards yourself. Scraping the screen requires pressure. A good glass paint scraper works best and safer

  11. Thanks, I've had nail polish on my phone for the last year, I need something stronger. I love that I can scrape it off after. I left a like ♥

  12. I broke my phone screen and touchscreen not working will this help(LCD works fine)

    Ps. I'm still using it but with a mouse

  13. man super glue fixes everything… even broken marriages… brings people back from death too… try it now only for nan ninety nine

  14. Пацан всё по полочкам разложил, Already did that before anybody even showed me this!!!WOW BIROTHERS WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NICE TODAY I AM VERY HAPPAY THANKS BRO ALL!!! Правда,…я ни хуя не понял!!!

  15. Great Video! Have a look at Kafuter K-300 for a UV curing solution too. This atomises under curing so that the alignment of the base is very close to the glass, and is clear or see through. There are others in the range to bonding to metal etc…

  16. Fair play brother nothing is perfect you font claim to be but it is what you claim it is a quick temp fix so everyone please like subscribe and share much love brother from the UK

  17. Not from me. First, if you're going to make a video get prepared first. Second, if you're going to instruct the public, at least use safe methods, not a bare razor slicing toward your thumb/finger. You are creating possible disasters.

  18. Pintor automóvil muy bueno tú trabajo siempre veo tú vídeos saludó de Argentina maestro

  19. You can get a plastic scraper handle for that blade. Easier and safer to use if you dislike the sight of blood.

  20. I use to bite my nails as bad as you , it looks painful… ouch!
    Doctor prescribed me 10mg of Cipralex .
    It's been a year and now I have to cut my nails.

  21. So why didn't my superglue fix work? I clean the screen and when I put the super glue on it beaded and just ran everywhere. it's just normal super glue. Then the hole where I put the super glue it just disappeared and there's still a big hole there. sure there's no shards of Glass but there's still a big hole there. not sure what happened. I'm going to try this epoxy next.

  22. A cosa serve spendere i soldi per la colla che lo schermo resta rotto …inutile
    Pero ci hai provato sei forte

  23. But the plastic midframe on mine is damaged so the screen has nothing to stay glued down to. I really need to build up the missing shattered piece of plastic so the LCD can adhere. Any suggestions?

  24. What about the actual actual display now you have glued them together you cannot change the protective screen without changing the display

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  26. I personally would not scrape up my screen like he did with a razor blade even if it is Gorilla Glass. My dad cracked screen but you just got it all this way for like $60 when he went out to California better than putting glue on it. But I guess if you can afford to repair the screen then just to be a quick fix.

  27. My car windshield on the inside has 3 circles someone prior to my ownership scratched into the glass, any suggestions, they are not surface to say you can feel them with your fingernail, any suggestions as how to get rid of them, they are in my line of site.

  28. just wanted to say that it would have been much easier to remove most of the excess epoxy if you used the razor within the 5 allotted minutes . around the 3-4 minute mark after mixing the 2 parts its no longer runny but still soft enough to cut/scrape

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  29. Just fit a glass screen protector problem solved, but dont expect to be able to remove it once it's on, they are an absolute nightmare to remove, and you could end up with shards of glass flicking into your eyes and lots of scratches on the screen

  30. It's a great idea but for me the best was raw egg white….let it dry and then use the razor blade as you did..

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