How to repair a remote control with Electric Paint
Learn how to fix a remote control with Electric Paint
If your remote doesn’t work, Electric Paint is a great and easy way to fix the buttons of your remote control, without needing a soldering iron. Most TV remotes have conductive rubber on the back of the buttons, which make contact with the circuit board inside the device. Over time, these rubber buttons can wear away and cease working. With a bit of our conductive paint, you can repair the buttons and repair your device. Please note, even though we have tried many remotes, some devices are designed differently, so we can’t guarantee that your remote can be fixed with Electric Paint. Also, make sure to remove any batteries before attempting to repair your remote.
You can also use Electric Paint to fix other devices if they use the same design, such as your garage door opener.
Electric Paint works like any other water-based paint, except it conducts electricity.
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Open the remote
Before opening your remote, write down which buttons are broken and ensure to take out any batteries. Your remote might have some small screws around the battery compartment that are holding the remote together. With the screwdriver, carefully remove the screws. Now take apart your remote with a thin, but sturdy tool, like a screwdriver or spatula. Be careful not to use too much force, as it’s easy to break the thin plastic pieces.
Quite often TV remotes consist of a plastic shell, a circuit board, also known as PCB, and a rubber keypad with the buttons. Sometimes the button can be taken out individually. If this is the case with your device, note down where each button belongs. Ideally, take pictures of your process so you know which part goes where.
Clean the circuit board
In many cases, your remote controller may not be working because too much dirt has built up on the inside, between the circuit board and the remote buttons. If you have an old toothbrush on hand and a bit of rubbing alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol, carefully clean the PCB and the keypad of the remote to remove any dirt or grease. You can also use a cotton swab to clean any tricky areas.
Apply Electric Paint
Identify where the broken buttons are and after you’ve given it a good clean, we recommend sanding off the button a few times. This will help the paint to stick to the button better. Then, squeeze a tiny amount of Electric Paint on the back of the button. It’s important to aim for a smooth even layer.
Once you have applied the Electric Paint on all the broken buttons, leave the paint to dry. You know the paint has dried when you touch it and isn’t tacky.
Apply the right amount of Electric Paint
It’s important to apply the right amount of Electric Paint. In the video on the right, you can see three examples. The first one is the right amount: a nice, thin layer of Electric Paint. The second one shows too much paint, which is likely to flake off. The third is too little paint, which probably wouldn’t work as it is too thinly applied.
Test the remote
When the paint has dried, you can reassemble the remote. Fit all the parts together and insert the batteries. Your remote should be fully working again!
Let us know how you get on or if you have any questions email them over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having issues, disassemble the remote and look closely again. Are there cracks or breaks in your repair? Are there broken sections that you did not see the first time around? Have you left enough time for the paint to dry, or did the paint get smudged inside the remote? If this is the case, clean up the paint from the buttons with water or a wet wipe and start again.