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warning: keep bug spray away from your iPod
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Jun 18, 2005, 11:22 PM
I accidently got some bug spray on my buddies 4G iPod. The spray pretty much melted the touch wheel. It still works but the wheel feels like sandpaper now.
Can the touch wheel material be replaced?

By the way this bug spray was 100% DEET. I don't know if the average backyard bug spray will harm your iPod. Just thought I'd warn you all.
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Jun 20, 2005, 12:53 AM
Wowzers. From what it made the click wheel do, I can image what is in DEET. I dont' think you can have the touch wheel replaced? (Not sure though) Does your buddy still have the on year warranty on the iPod? Not sure if getting DEET on it voids it, but have him (or you) call Apple and ask what to do and if it voids the waranty or not. If that fails... get your car revved up and go to your applle store with 300 dollars on you...
Apparently, I'm a sig violator. I feel honored. Oops.
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Jun 27, 2005, 03:25 AM
Bugsprays containing DEET will tell you (if you read the fine print) to keep the product away from plastics. That stuff is pretty nasty. The iPod's will not be the only thing that is affected. DEET can mark or fog up many plastics, such as the plastic face of watches and even the screen of a digital camera.

So watch where you aim that bugspray as you head outdoors with all your fancy electronic toys this summer.
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