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Second generation of Wi-Fi iPad, released on March 11, 2011. Model number A1395. Repair is difficult and will require heat.

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Anyone have better options for Digitizer adhesive?

The normal 3M tape that is sold everywhere doesn't seem to be a long term fix as the digitizer starts to lift after a couple of months (in multiple spots; not just near the digi cable).

There is a black adhesive tape that seems to work a little better that is sold in a few spots but I was wondering if anyone has had better luck with anything else.

I heard that Apple uses some kind of Thermal tape on the original process. Is there any truth or proof to this rumor?

Update (12/18/2013)

UPDATE: I have been using a custom adhesive solution from Bowler Tech And they have been working fantastically. We have been using them for about 3 months now and they are by far the best we have seen. If you can, get the Digitizers without any adhesive and use the Bowler Tech adhesive. Thats been working best for us. They cost a little more but they are worth it.

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I'm having the same issue with my iPad repairs. The clear tape never seems to hold more than a few months. The black tape works better than, but even then, I'm having mixed results.

If anyone knows of a superior adhesive, I'd LOVE to know about it.


Is there anything that might be available locally, such as a glass cement or RTV-based product? Does it have to be "tape", or is that just for ease of removal next time?


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Reposted from @ibroke as his answer was lost

Repair professionals and basement "hacks" can be differentiated by the quality of adhesives they use.

You want to use what is called VHB tape (very high bond)

3M sells VHB tapes that are approximately 10 lbs/inch which are very adequate ... but if you want the piece of mind that your repair is not going to lift or separate until the next time you are repairing their cracked screen, you want to find RED TAPE (Tesa tape part #4695) VHB tape, which has a bond rate of 16 lbs/inch.

Just as important as the quality of tape you are using, is that the frame of the iPad/iPhone is properly prepped with 91% (or better) Isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth, to remove 100% of the old adhesive residue.

**If you are only removing 88% of the adhesive residue, you are wasting your time, you need to remove 100% of the old residue.

And lastly, to get the "factory" seal on your iPad repair, you need to apply a very slight pressure to the digitizer for 4-6 hours, to make sure that the adhesive remains in contact with the frame of the iPad while it is drying/curing. You can buy iPad presses made for this purpose, or at very least place your iPad face down on a towel, and put a 3" thick textbook/phonebook on it. Too much pressure will crack your new glass.

If you follow these simple steps, you will end up with a professional quality repair.

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Good answer Dan, the only thing I would suggest is to link the Tesa 61395 black tape. That is currently the best adhesive available on the market and the current best practice among the repair community. iFixit sells it and they had representatives from Tesa to the iFixit HQ demonstrate how to properly use the tape.

I also agree with the OP. The Bowler Tech adhesive is great. It's what I have been using for several years now without any returns. There are now suppliers who sell high grade digitizers with Tesa Tape pre-installed, which is the ideal solution. I still use the Bowler Tech adhesive when I have to re-install a digitizer.


Thanx for the re-post Dan!


Yes Minho... 61395 is a better tape by numbers, but is harder to find, and is more expensive. Trust me, with the 16lbs/inch strength of the red tape (4695), your digitizer will not lift until the next time it has to be replaced.

We buy a roll of 4695, and have it custom cut to 1, 2, and 5mm widths, ready for any tablet repair.


The 61395 is no longer hard to find, iFixit sells it on their store (see my link above) and so does MobileSentrix. The rolls are pre-cut too, from 1mm to 10 mm and it sells for about 5 bucks for 100 ft (vs 4 bucks for the 4695). I'd hardly consider that expensive.

I'm just stating what is currently perceived by the community as the best solution. That doesn't mean that the 4695 tape is bad. Like I said, I also use the 3M tape when re-installing the same digitizer and I've never had a return. As Dan suggests, proper prep makes the difference.


Dan did not suggest it. That was a copy and paste of my original post.


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Tesa Tape is know as the orginal "Red Tape" and there quality is superb. I have had no issues with Tesa Tape

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I work for a company that does device repair and we use a so called “Red Tape” to re-adhesive new glass to iPads all the time. This tape can be found on many online cell phone parts vendors websites. It comes in many different sizes and is great for all kinds of repairs. We also use a little heat from a hot plate then place something heavy on the back side with the screen face down to help bond the screen and adhesive.

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Looking for something better too. I have been using the 3M clear ones for a while with mixed results, it helps to clean the old adhesive off, but even then it can be hit and miss. I have ordered some of the black pre cut ones today for the iPad 3, will see how they fare.

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The black seems to be the strongest I have found. I currently have about 6 different adhesives here. I have heard rumors of people using Thermal Tape but I have yet to try it.


Thermal tape, not like the stuff used for heatsinks?


Yeah, but in a tape form, not the gel/liquid. I guess it has uses in other hardware repairs as well. I haven't been bold enough to try it. Ive never actually done a heatsink repair so I am unsure of how it works.


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