Second generation of Wi-Fi iPad, released on March 11, 2011. Model number A1395. Repair is difficult and will require heat.

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Repair for loose front panel near home button?

My iPad (and many others it seems) has a loose front panel to the right of the home button. It's like the glue has worn out or something so that it flexes too much. I don't want to completely remove the front panel and reapply adhesive. Is there a special glue I could use to apply from the outside and hold it shut? Any harm in using superglue?

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If your iPad is still under warranty Apple may replace it. Check on that first. If you are no longer covered by the warranty, repairing it on your own will be tricky. If you look over the guide for replacing the front panel you will see it is a very difficult task. I can't recommend it for the faint of heart or any one new to tinkering with delicate electronic devices, but replacing the adhesive strips is likely the only way to properly fix your troubles. Using glue is probably a bad idea. A liquid adhesive will have unpredictable effects on internal components; any solvents in the glue could damage cables, the glue could be squeezed into the home button, the adhesive could dissolve the black coating on the back of the glass panel, and the glue could fail to fix the problem. This might leave you with more trouble than what you have now. As ugly as it would be, and if removing the front panel is out of the question, I would lay a piece of gaffer's tape over the loose edge. I know, it's a heretical suggestion, but it will keep the gap from getting worse and save you the heart stopping front panel removal.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm also afraid that removing the front panel and redoing the whole thing might create more problems. I know it's not under warranty, and unfortunately the closest Apple Store is a 5 hour drive. I think I might do the tape for a little bit until the next time I can get to an Apple Store and see if they will replace it as a manufacturing defect.

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