How to Fix Any Remote at Home




Introduction: How to Fix Any Remote at Home

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Recently, i also found that the few buttons on my Tv remote had stopped working. The only solution i knew was to buy a new remote from market. Soon, i bought a new remote but found that its quality was nowhere near to the original remote and i was not able to find a good quality genuine remote.

I decided to do a bit of research and found that the bottom surface on the buttons of a remote is coated with a conductive paint, which over the period of time gets degraded and reduces the responsiveness of the buttons.

Do you know, you can just use a piece of food wrapping aluminium foil and make the remote as good as new? Many people don't, so, i decided to make an instructable, so that anyone can easily repair their remote controls in just few minutes at home.

Step 1: Watch the Video

As i always say, a video is a wonderful tool that provides deep insight to the procedure and makes it easy to follow. However, it is also recommended to visit next steps for additional details and images.

Step 2: Required Tools

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Tweezers
  3. Food wrapping Aluminium Foil
  4. Super Glue

Note: you can also buy a electrical paint from market and use it to repair the remote but it is very costly compared to a required tiny piece of aluminium foil.

Step 3: Identify Non - Working Buttons

  1. The first and most important step is to identify the non working buttons.
  2. On a piece of paper, write down the names of all the buttons.
  3. One by one press the buttons and check if it works fine or requires any fix.
  4. Carefully check and note down all the buttons.
  5. This step is important so that you don't have to repeat the process soon for other buttons that are about to stop working.
  6. Its better to repair any button that shows even slight non-responsiveness.

Step 4: Disassemble Remote

  1. Remove the batteries from the remote control.
  2. Look for any screws around the body.
  3. Generally, there will be only about 1 or 2 screws.
  4. Using the Screwdriver, unscrew all the screws.
  5. Hold the remote firmly and apply some pressure at the sides.
  6. You will find a side slightly moving in or out.
  7. That will the side to begin opening the remote case.
  8. Carefully open the case and separate the PCB.

Step 5: Completely Clean Dust

  1. Using a soft brush, clean the dust of the PCB.
  2. You can also use alcohol wipes or isopropyl alcohol solution to completely clean the PCB. (It's completely optional)
  3. If there is too much dust then you can also wash the remote buttons and the case (never wash the PCB).
  4. Keep the body case and button pad to dry for sometime.

Step 6: Cut Aluminium Foil

  1. Take a piece of aluminium foil.
  2. Using scissors, carefully cut pieces of the foil equal to the size of buttons.
  3. Apply a drop of super glue on the surface of button and paste the piece of aluminium foil.
  4. Make sure that the aluminium foil sticks well and is completely flat to the surface.
  5. Repeat the steps for all the buttons that needs to be fixed.

Note: Super Glue sometimes is not a very good option to use with rubber. If you have any other adhesive like fevibond or araldite, they might prove a better option on the rubber surface.

Step 7: Testing

  • After verifying, assemble the remote control together.
  • Insert the batteries and you will see that the remote control now works as good as new.

It is a very rare incident when the PCB of a remote control gets damaged. Mostly, there is always the problem with few buttons and because of which the remote has to be changed but now no more. Use this simple trick and easily repair any non-working buttons on a remote.

So Friends, this here concludes the tutorial. In case you might have missed, watch the video and see how i fixed non-working buttons on my remote control.

Use this method once and you will never have to buy a new remote again. Don't forget to share your experiences in the comments section below.

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42 Discussions

Interesting idea to use aluminum foil. When I have repaired remotes, I usually clean the PC board contacts with rubbing alcohol as the article notes. Then I use conductive paint on the buttons to restore conductivity. Either silver containing,often used to repair PC board traces, or the carbon particle variety of paint.

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Thanks #RobertS251...a conductive paint is a commercial solution and an aluminium foil is a simple home solution. I don't have any idea but i think that may be conductive paint might also cost more.


8 weeks ago

Всем привет!

1) Foil is the solution, but not a panacea.

2) The sticky liquid inside (if not beer or coffee) is a plasticizer - a product of rubber breakdown. It must be washed off!

3) You can wash and you need everything. Dry necessarily, especially if the DIP chip.

3) Drawing graphite is sometimes very good, and sometimes useless. But better than foil.

4) It happens that the current-carrying layer is worn on the board itself. In this case, all is useless.

5) A good way: thinly cut the conductive rubber band on an unused button and paste instead of a bad button (also cut off the worn layer) onto the rubber glue.

6) Plastic cards and medics help to open.

7) With a complete malfunction of the console, all of the above does not help. This is another story.

Спасибо за внимание!

Yes, if the remote can be disassembled then it will work for remote of any country.

Very good instructs leave, I also had a problem with a few of my remote controls and I found that if I used a strip of double sided tape and stuck the aluminum foil to one side of the tape and then I used a ring binder hole punch to punch holes in the aluminum foil/ double sided tape which gives you perfectly round patches just the right size for the remote pads then just remove the backing from the tape and place it on to the pads that are not making a connection

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Yes, it seems like a great idea, i will surely give it a try.

Conductive glue for the WIN.

This method will only cause more problems down the road.

Super glue ISN'T FLEXIBLE!

Then, you'll have aluminum foil shards shorting out other things that you don't want to....

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Yes, may be you are right but using a double sided tape is a very good option.

Use a paper punch and make foil dots, and replace every button.

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Yes, that can be done but still it is recommended to replace only the non working buttons because it does take a lot of time to cut the foil and glue it to every button. Also, many buttons on a remote are not used much and they keep working well. Only the more frequently used buttons gets damaged.


2 months ago

I take the foil from the cigarette pack. it is with a paper substrate. This allows you to glue it more reliably.

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Ohh yes, this is a great idea, paper will surely help to glue more reliably.

I have done this in the past and it works well. But I used a hole punch to create the button contacts and double-sided tape to fix them into place. I think I got a strip of foil, applied the tape, punched out buttons, affixed them to the remote and finally, the fiddly bit, removed the backing tape. I think I loosened the backing tape beforehand, while it was still on the roll.

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Yes #StephenR28 using hole punch to make button contacts seems like a great idea, i will surely give it a try.

Super! there are many other devices that use this type of buttons and can be fixed. Thank you

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Yes, this method can be used on all the devices that use these type of buttons.