|Manufacturer||American Science & Surplus|
|Item Weight||0.16 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||7.7 x 3.8 x 1.4 inches|
|Item model number||1|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Keypad Fix, Clean and Restore Conductivity to the Carbon on the Keys and the Copper PC Board Pads
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- Restore Your Remote Don't toss it and buy a universal remote. (How many things are really universal, after all?) Try this jar of Keypad Fix, designed to clean and restore conductivity to the carbon on the keys and the copper PC board pads that make up the rubber-coated switches on remotes, game controllers, and security keypads. Contains enough to coat over 200 button contacts.
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Restore Your Remote Don't toss it and buy a universal remote. (How many things are really universal, after all?) Try this jar of Keypad Fix, designed to clean and restore conductivity to the carbon on the keys and the copper PC board pads that make up the rubber-coated switches on remotes, game controllers, and security keypads. Contains enough to coat over 200 button contacts.
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After letting the solution set for 12 months or so, it develops what the back panel points out as an "oil film" that causes the KeyPad-Fix [KPF] solution to bead-up. They 'blame' this on the keypad itself stating that the keypad must be dirty/oily. But cleaning the keypad does nothing for the problem. After you apply it over the keypad to be repaired, it slowly, over a few minutes, starts to bead-up as if the keypad's surface was "oily". But it's not!
Today, I found that the problem is in the KPF solution itself. It appears that over time, the solution is quite viscous and due to evaporation, becomes more so. And this causes the beading when applied to a keypad. To fix this problem add apx 3ml of isopropyl alcohol. Mix the solution thoroughly and apply as before. It will now spread over the keypad and not bead-up plus it will dry more quickly than before! Since it's a thin layer it will not flake off.
An ALTERNATE method is this: shake the KPF solution vigorously for at least 1 minute. Open the top and use the material that has attached itself to the top cover. Put a few drops of alcohol into the cover and stir the mixture. It will be thinned but not too much. It's just perfect for the keypad to be repaired. As above, it goes on with a thin coat that dries quickly. After completion, I clean out the top cover w/ alcohol and then replace the top cover on the KPF mixture. Ready for the next time. There is SO MUCH repair mixture that you can fix thousands of keypads.
This is my original review before the "bead-up" problem:
Had a 10+ yr old remote and it had four (4) bad keys. Before you apply the KPF material, I recommend that you thoroughly clean the bad key pads first with alcohol and then use a knife tip to GENTLY rough up the pad. This ensure that the material will have a clean surface to adhere to.
Apply the KPF material with a match and don't apply to much. A nice even coat. This is a bit tougher to do than is stated.
I used a lamp for apx 2 hours (within an inch of the keypad) to dry the key pads. Assembled the remote and it works as new!
Great product IMO . . . w/ the thinner applied as noted above in the update.
Use another q-tip to apply a thin layer of the material to the cleaned button contact(s). Let cure overnight before reassembling (don’t shorten this step. It’s “dry” almost immediately, but must be fully “cured” before us).
After careful prep, my remote worked better than when new. I barely press the button and it works instantly.
The only problem was that the lid of the jar was loose, and the black material was all over the inside of the blister packaging. Not that big of a deal, but a mess to clean up before I could make the repair. This is why I docked the product 1 star, and not the usefulness of the product itself.
Patience pays off - this stuff works on car power window switches, radio buttons, remotes - anything that has gold contact switches.