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Picture tube gel leak

In my attempt to replace the picture tube gel, quite a bit of the gel from on tube leaked onto the boards. Is there a good way to clean this up so it doesn't cause a short or did I just ruin my tv?

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  • apostello Aug 18, 2008

    thanks for the advice. I was impatient and went ahead without a response. It turned out ok. I cleaned everything with watered down ammonia then dried it with a hairdryer. Picture looked great, I have surround do I didn't even bother plugging the sound amp back in..until...my wife said..no sound? Then it started to bug me, so I tried to clean the connector for that and plugged it in. I turned the tv and heard loud crunchy static sounds so I unplugged it. when I turnes the thing back on it still worked ok but now the tubes project jumpy lines in a few select places. It did this once before real bad the first time I tried to reconverge it. Any ideas how to make these lines go away. By the way, thanks for the response. Maybe I need to go ahead and take the boards out and them a good cleaning still. Also the tube are very slowly leaking a bit of gel from the two i opened and refilled. Is there a certain type of sealant to put on the o ring before I tighten it?

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The best way to clean it is to remove the board completely and wipe up as much as possible, then use qtips with rubbing alcohol to remove the left over residule the alcohol will dry quickly, but still allow the board to air day a full 24 hrs before reinstalling it in the TV.

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