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Old 09-27-2018, 07:16 AM   #1
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Climate control display & Armor All

Ever since I bought my Boxster a couple of years ago it's bothered me that the climate control display had what appeared to be a yellow mountain range across it's bottom. That alone was enough to make me want to replace it but when a segment of the LCD on the temp display stopped working it made me stop procrastinating and actually install the new display that I had already purchased. The new display came with good instructions and installing it was a fairly simple and straight forward project.

Here's the interesting bit. The display is a sandwich with glass on the front & back sides with the LCD and black film in the middle. When I removed the old display I noticed that it's lower edge was sitting in a puddle of liquid that appeared to be Armor All. Closer inspection shows that this liquid had wicked between the layers of glass and was apparently dissolving the black film! Obviously, I cleaned the Armor All puddle away before installing the new display and all works and looks as it should now.

-SO- That's my cautionary tale about the dangers of spraying too much stuff on the face of the climate control display!

cheers - dj

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Old 09-27-2018, 08:37 AM   #2
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When "liquid crystal display" is taken too literally.

Good work!
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:06 AM   #3
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There's no "black film" layer and that's not what happened, but you shouldn't use armor all on anything but your '85 Camaro, anyway.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:49 AM   #4
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I learned long ago (the hard way), when I was collecting artwork, to spray cleaner upon the cloth... then to the glass/plastic/whatever.

When cleaning a serigraph hanging on my wall I sprayed the glass with cleaner... not thinking twice about the water running to the bottom... and being soaked up by the matting. Wick'd that stuff right up to the serigraph. Never again.
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