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T23 LID Fixer-Upper

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T23 LID Fixer-Upper

#1 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:31 pm

I have a T23 which had a terribly ugly lid.
It was scratched and sticky, and when I tried to clean it with a MagicEraser + Isopropyl Alcohol it only got worse. :(
After scratching my head a few times, I figured I got the solution!
I grabbed an (expired) credit card and used that to scrape all the rubber paint off.
After trying different ways, I found the best one was pushing the card at an angle of ca. 30 degrees away from me.
Nice rubber fluff was coming off in no time.
After most of the rubber was removed, I used a paper towel whetted with Isopropyl Alcohol to clean off the rest.
The result?
I'd say magnifico!

Judge for yourself: http://imgur.com/a/sDtfw
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Re: T23 LID Fixer-Upper

#2 Post by brchan » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:46 pm

Good info. So does the lid have no rubber finish? I might try this on my T23 since it has the same sticky lid.
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Re: T23 LID Fixer-Upper

#3 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:59 pm

The rubber was only in the paint.
The lid itself is some dull/shiny and strong ABS-plastic mix or similar.
Best of all: it doesn't leave any finger prints!
All in all it took me about a 1/2 hour to do the job.

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Re: T23 LID Fixer-Upper

#4 Post by Kasm279 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:49 am

Nice, now it almost looks like a 570E! I wonder why it's so common for the rubber to turn to goo on the T23.
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Re: T23 LID Fixer-Upper

#5 Post by Saucey » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:03 pm

That doesn't look half bad, might try that on my one my T2x units.
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Re: T23 LID Fixer-Upper

#6 Post by T3f4l » Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:33 pm

Awesome I'll do this to my t22 when I strip it to fit the sxga screen
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