Unibody MacBook Pro models with 13" displays produced from 2009-2012.

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Replacement Glass Lifting from Display Assembly


I recently replaced the glass on my 13" 2012 MacBook Pro, however, I notice that the replacement glass is lifting off of the display assembly. I do wish to resolve this issue, however, am reluctant to turn to solutions such as superglue or cheap two-sided tape, unless it is a tried and true method. Is there a universally accepted method to making the glass stick to the assembly?


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Remove the glass, make sure there is no old tape left of the frame when you first fitted this. Use 3M 9088 or 9080 double sided adhesive and put this around the frame (apart from the camera of course).

Whenever we fit a glass screen, we always apply our own tape as well as use the tape on the glass screen, to make sure it holds. New original glass has strong tape on the back of the glass, but the refurbished glass from eBay uses terrible tape. Either way apply some tape!

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Apple uses a glue gun to attach the glass to the frame. Sounds like the glue is failing either as it wasn't heated up enough to reactivate it or got dirty so it lost its adhesion.

Using a heat gun to carefully lift the glass off see if you can clean the glue (not take it off) with some Ethanol alcohol to clean off any dirt and hopefully reactivate it. Then again, using a heat gun heat the glass to soften the glue to re-attach it.

If that doesn't work you'll need to get a glue gun and apply some fresh glue. The trick is to not let the glue get cold as it will loose its adhesion.

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