Mosh asked: I was trying to seal a broken part of my Nokia 5200, but unfortunately put more super glue than was required. This caused the motherboard to be attached to the phone casing. Thus, my phone does not perform as I would expect. For example, I am not able to press some of the keys with ease. How can I detach the motherboard from the phone casing? Please help. Thanks in advance.
Motherboards and superglue are not designed to go together and removing one often damages the other. If you are willing to risk the permanent damage that can occur, you can attempt to remove the glue following the steps below. It’s a risk, but it may be worth it. Though we can’t guarantee success, here is a method that some have found success with to remove the superglue.
You Will Need:
- Acetone or
- Flash Back debonder (safe to use on plastics)
- Cotton swabs
- Exacto knife or razor
- Blow dryer
Steps to Remove the Superglue:
- There are a couple different products that can be used to loosen the glue. Acetone is readily available, but will also eat away at other plastic pieces. A debonder such as the one above will not affect the plastic while still loosening the glue.
- Protect any areas of the motherboard that can’t get wet with some tape. Try to find a tape that is lightly sticky to avoid damage to the board when you pull it off.
- Once the motherboard is protected, you are ready to start.
- Moisten a cotton swab with the chosen remover.
- Roll the swab against the side of the container to squeeze out any excess liquid.
- Carefully apply the remover to the superglue.
- Allow it to set for the recommended time or until the glue softens.
- Repeat as necessary until the glue is soft.
- Once soft, either gently twist the board loose from the surface or use a razor or exacto knife to carefully cut it loose.
- Once the glue is removed, carefully remove the tape. If the adhesive is stuck to fragile parts of the motherboard, heat it slightly with a blow dryer to loosen the bond.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If plain acetone cannot be found, nail polish remover will work as well.
- Superglue removers are also available at stores where superglue is sold.