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Best way to fix "dings" in frame

I have a repair request for a broken screen on an iPad mini, but it took a good hit to a corner when dropped (which is what shattered the glass). There is NO WAY a new glass will fit into this flattened corner and was just wondering how everyone is "reshaping" the corners to accept the glass. Is this even worth the time/effort or is it a brick at this point. Thoughts? THANKS!

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Dental Lab Emesco Jack Rabbit

We could really use a critique of these different case manipulation tools. We got a pair of pliers that has different tips(PlierTek). @mactechplus has gotten fairly good at case repair over the years and hopefully will chime in on this. A community built guide on case repair might be in order. PlierTek https://www.pliertek.com/?gclid=CIPAxZKa...

I had suggested to @kyle a couple of years ago about paint replacement but he must have been busy. My thought is that if these paint stores can scan a paint and get an exact match, they should be able to do it with Apple cases. @mactechplus did find a car repair paint that is close. @mactechplus got a close match with a auto paint repair stick.

We have used lots of different things. Surgical bone chisels, hard wood blocks, a whole range of dental lab sanding and finishing disks, a jack rabbit (very fancy Dremel type of tool).

Let's see if we can put our experiences together and come up with better solutions. This could be a great guide. Also a very good project for a younger contributor like @pccheese or @cam2363

@kyle would a really comprehensive guide, that would help hundreds of thousands, qualify as an Eagle project?

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iFixit started selling the PrimeTech tool featured above by @theimedic. They should have a pretty good idea about how well it performs.

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That Dental Lab Emesco Jack Rabbit induces nightmares...can you make a video of it in operation? I haven't found anything online.

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@refectio I'll try to get to that. The model shown is not exactly what I use. Mine has a short arm and a high dollar lab hand piece. When finely tuned it can be used by a tech all day long with no problems with vibrations. It has a quick release for the bits (which are a smaller shaft than used by Dremel). http://www.shofu.com/en/products/abrasiv... This is a tool for a professional.

The difference between this and a Foredom handpiece used by jewelers is like comparing Mercedes to Volkswagens: http://www.foredom.net/handpiecesforflex...

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If I get it soon, and no one has made a guide, I'll make one

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@theimedic Consult me via email before buying. i actually have a spare. You'll want go with the short arm. Belt materials mater and the quality the hand-piece is paramount. The thin ones are really useless, you need one with a big enough diameter to fit your hand (see link). Remember the shafts are a different diameter than the Dremel. If you have a dentist friend, he will be able to help. But the real experts are old Dental Lab Technicians that do crown and bridge work. http://www.ebay.com/itm/HANDPIECE-BUFFAL...

Here is a video of one you DO NOT want (to long, see the vibration) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9ZJBpd7...

A good quality one will last you the rest of your life.

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Ok, so currently I have an iCorner tool kit, it would do a better job taking up space in the recycling. I have been looking at this "new" tool. Which also looks good on paper. Is it gonna do a good job? I dunno. Am I gonna buy it anyways? Most likely. Right now I'm just using a needle nose players, after I explain the situation to the customer, and they're ok with some scratches on the frame. Which they liked are, after they've already damaged the frame

This is the new tool kit I'm planning on buying

PrimeTech Frame Cradle

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PrimeTech Frame Cradle

$199.95

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This cradle is getting a lot of rave from the repair technicians that I know. Definitely recommended for anyone who does this for a living.

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Thanks @rany I really appreciate that. I strongly dislike throwing hundreds of dollars down the drain

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I concur with @theimedic, I also have a GTool and I am not impressed with it at all. When you consider what they charge for it, it really doesn't do much. I keep wondering if I am using it wrong...perhaps a GTool guru can enlighten me.

I basically use a metal spudger and a block of wood. This spudger has a nice shape and can do the sidewall and corner as it has pretty much the right shape. Then I file down the excess with a small file. Here's a before and after shot

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I like the concept of the tool @theimedic links to but personally, I have a hard time justifying spending 200$ for a slab of steel.

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I think the exact same thing. How have so many of these "tools" been sold and it has to be me doing it wrong. I absolutely dislike the term "spudger" it's a pry tool! Yeah..I, as usual, agree with you. But if it works? Perfectly? Every time? No messing around, doing it again, filing? I didn't go that far. I just use my gerber and it has some scratches. Then again, when I researched the iCorner tool. That looked fantastic on paper too!

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You're gonna pass me up soon!

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I got myself a pretty large flathead screwdriver and shaped it round with a grinding wheel to adapt to corners curved shape. It's not perfect, but used with a soft rubber hammer helps a lot.

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What's a spudger between friends? :>)

Actually, this is the tool I wanted to get a while back...nice, simple and looks effective. The problem is he hasn't listed this thing again in a long time. Essentially a much cheaper version of the primetech cradle. It still boils down to hammering out the dent though.

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Sold. No image

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I know this sounds brutal but tape the screen closest to the ding with the strongest tape you have and use a dremmel to LIGHTLY sand the ding down.

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