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no indie cred May 24, 2003 10:33 PM
Please help, unique keyboard spill
I don't baby my iBook enough...

I was carrying a lit candle across my desk when a good deal of hot wax splattered on my open dual USB :cool:

The wax fell mostly on the upper left corner of the keyboard and the left speaker. All the keys still work though there is wax between the keys (on the surface beneath) that I can't get out without popping key caps off (which I am afraid to do). The speaker is so muffled now that it is almost unusable.

Do any of you have any suggestions about how I could clean up my poor iBook? Should I try to take Clarence apart? What chemicals/cleaning agents should I use?

Please, no comments on how I should be more careful with my laptop :p
x user May 24, 2003 10:48 PM
Re: Please help, unique keyboard spill
Um, ouch, I'd pop the keys off first, then if you had to, pop the case halves apart.
Mastrap May 25, 2003 03:24 AM
Taking the case apart seems scary but is actually relatively easy should you wish to go that route. I would try absorbent paper and a hairdryer first.
billybob128 May 25, 2003 05:40 PM
u named ur iBook hmm intresting but is it normal.

if its out if warrenty id take it appart ontill then try turnin it upside down and put some heat under the speaker asw i believe that the iBook is a thermoset plastic so shouldnt get deformed however if u choose this route be carefull of the keys and of blackening the case with the heat
good luck whatever
tycheung May 25, 2003 07:49 PM dripped hot wax all over "Clarence"? Something tells me certain parts of the story may have been...left out....

Lateralus May 25, 2003 10:31 PM
Re: Please help, unique keyboard spill
Originally posted by no indie cred:
What chemicals/cleaning agents should I use?
Just put everything that has wax on it in a big 'ol tub of paint thinner. :)
molala May 26, 2003 02:36 AM
Re: Re: Please help, unique keyboard spill
i like the hairdryer and paper towel idea (or an absorbent cloth). take out the keyboard and tilt it down to the waxed side and just let the hairdryer melt that wax... you have to be careful that it's not too hot for the plastic keys though. i was originally thinking of a warm iron but that wouldn't direct heat under the keys. good luck!
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