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How to fix water damage? Screen has lines thru out, HELP?

Did this ever get fixed? I have a Blu vivo xl3

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and dropped in puddle of water. It was fine at first and I don't see that it opens ANYWHERE to dry it out. Tried rice for a couple days and it turns on and off registers my fingerprint but the screen is just green white and grey vertical lines. Am I out of luck?? Any help would be appreciated!

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Hi @zepmom33

As you know water and electronics and electricity are not a good mix.

The impurities in the water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the phone's operating design and could damage the components.

Rice is good to eat but does not fix the problems caused by corrosion

Don't Put Your Device in Rice. Here's Why

First do not turn on your phone and then you need to remove the battery as soon as possible from the phone to minimize any further damage.

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the phone and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 90%+ (available from electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. Do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain scents and is not as effective. If you do check the label to verify the amount of IPA

Here is a ink that describes the process.

Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted PCBs be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board.

Hopefully after you have done all this the phone might possibly work correctly again.

If this process seems too daunting, take your phone to a reputable, professional phone repair service experienced in water damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

As the phone is a fairly recent model, there may not be any teardown guides available online yet, (I couldn’t find any) to help you to disassemble the phone.

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If the device is still functioning, buy a display, if possible. Since the screen is showing random lines, that reduces the chance of the motherboard being damaged. But be prepared.

Good luck!

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Thanks for the informative advice! As I am not very electronic savvy, I am nervous about the process of breaking down the phone components. To start, the phone has a lithium battery and I do not see anywhere to open the phone to begin to clean it! Are any of you knowledgeable enough to know where I should start to get it open? Again, my sincerest thanks on any and all thoughts you could possibly give.

Kind regards!

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