Fix TV Remote Control Buttons

Introduction: Fix TV Remote Control Buttons

Certain buttons on a TV remote can get worn out over time. In my case it was the channel up and channel down buttons. The contacts on the bottom of the button are likely worn out. This is how I fixed mine.

Step 1: Snip a Small Piece of Wire From a Copper Wire

In the photo, the small speck in between the spool of wire and the wire cutters is the piece of wire snipped off for use.

Step 2: Pound the Piece of Wire Into a Little Copper Disc.

With smooth faced hammer, pound the tiny piece of wire into a flat round itty bitty disc. The dot in the middle of the paper is the copper disc pounded out from the wire in the last photo. If the shape is too elongated, trim it with the wire cutters.

Step 3: Disasemble the Remote Control

Using a screwdriver, pry the remote control apart and pull apart the pieces. The screw driver may need to be very small, such as a jewelers screwdriver. On underside of the buttons, there are conducting contact pads that can wear out. Sometimes they only need to be cleaned. This how to addresses a worn contact pad.

Step 4: Glue the Copper Plates Over the Worn Button Contacts

In this photo I've glued small copper plates over the contact pads on the underside of two buttons that were worn. Channel up and channel down. Let the glue dry. I've found that a good strong glue is necessary. I used Gorilla Glue.

Step 5: Put Everything Back Together and Click Away!

Happy surfing!



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    I used household aluminum foil. Cut it into small pieces of sizes enough to cover the buttons. After cleaning all parts of remote, stuck these pieces to buttons with super glue (cyanoacrylate adhesive). After drying for few minutes, assembled the remote and it works wonderfully well.

    I used aluminium foil. The circuit lines on the circuit board had eroded. I stuck aluminium foil on the rubber pad and voila. It works.

    Awesome! It worked! Thanks!

    I used the aluminium foil/super glue method to fix my car remote.

    Thanks for the initial fix concept & the variations by others.

    In a matter of minutes I fixed the on/off button on my remote using the aluminum
    duct tape/hole punch method suggested by" Passing You".

    There is no bounce issue, & the operation is so smooth that there's no damage being done to the circuitry below.

    Since conductivity is a key element here, one must make sure that the tape is actually metallic... there's a cheaper type on the market that is shiny, & looks like metal, but is actually plastic, and that is NOT CONDUCTIVE, so it wouldn't work in this application.

    The shape of the IR lens on my remote made it easier to place the keypad & top face onto the base, but to keep the pad aligned, & from falling out of the face plate on reassembly, I'd used some masking tape, which was easily removed after snapping it back together.

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    Jackster-1 said "make sure that the tape is actually metallic". Good point. Mine wasn't, as it turned out, so I used KevinM21's foil and glue instead as I had them at hand.

    Difficulty: fix only with what you can find in an office.

    Solution: scissors, pencil, and post-it note.

    Just go into the top corner of the post-it note, use the pencil in a small area until it's completely dark (make sure you push down hard). Cut out the small part, apply the sticky side to the pad, re-assemble.

    I had a presentation remote that stopped working because the button wore out. I was able to fix it with the above steps. Not sure how long the thing will stick in place, but it works for now.

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    Boy, antiproduct, I hope you're a New Zealander, 'cos your Post-it note idea would go well with our "number 8 wire" philosophy! Great McGuyverism!

    Thanks so much for posting this mmelville3! I actually used the glue and foil as suggested in previous comments, but the concept works great. Now, after such a long time, and for no cost, we can finally lower the TV volume without a struggle!

    Going to Give this a try as my stereo remote is 26 years old and has been playing up for some time. I had previously Fixed the power button about 15 years ago with Sellotape and tin foil.

    I used metal duct tape you can find at any hardware store. While it is a large roll to buy for just this project it has many other uses. For round button I used a hole punch.
    Take off the backing of the metal duct tape before cutting small pieces. With the hole punch the backing often comes off the metal tape as you can just punch through the metal. The metal tape works great. No glue involved.

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    I like the aluminum duct tape idea thats cool i used aluminum foil folded up but had to glue it to the button with crazy glue .

    Thanks. You idea is a good derivation and probably more practical for people, as people are more likely to have aluminum foil and crazy glue.

    Great idea. I have some of that tape. Next time, I'll probably use this method. At the time I didn't have that tape or know what it was. I was just using what I had. There are lots of great improvements in these comments!

    I used folded up aluminum foil and crazy glue its what i had laying around epoxy glue is better probably

    Hi Gogizmodo,

    Depending on the equipment in question (for most flat screen TV's) it is most likely a fault on the power supply board for the unit. The most common fault by far, is high temperatures combined with small spaces causing the electrolyte in the capacitors to dry out. This may or may not "take out" other components with it.


    Hi, I have a tip, and also a question.

    Did you know that you can check to see whether your IR remote is working by pointing it at your cellphone camera and looking at the display?

    My question involves a problem with my remote for a receiver that I thought was related to the keypad or buttons, but now I'm not sure that it is.

    When the unit is on, the regular buttons work - volume up/down, mode changes, etc. The power-off button also works. However, the power-on function, which is the same button as the power-off button, does not work.

    In other words, I have to turn the unit on manually using the switch on the front, and then I can use the receiver with the remote as you would expect. I can then turn it off when I'm done. However, then pushing the power on/off button won't turn it on.

    Could this possibly be a problem with the remote, since there's only one power button, or is this almost certainly a problem with the receiver itself?

    used stuff I had already which I was not using...:

    Studio Pro - Stained Glass Foiling Tape.

    - Copper Foil 7/32" ( $6.00 )

    Loctite Super Glue - Gel Control

    - Carded Bottle - 4 g ( $3.00 )

    Just used nail clippers to trim the foiling tape,
    tweezers and a sewing needle to hold the tape and seperate the adhesive backing
    paper from the tape.

    I placed each strip of foiling tape onto the button area
    after adding a small drop of glue.

    I then tamped down the foiling tape with a cotton swab
    until the glue set in ten seconds.

    Good as new.

    Hey Don"t waste your time use conductive cigarette packing Aluminium foil for button