I just received the new LCD module in the mail (along with some cat furniture which I'll make a post for a little later).
Recapping, I accidentally broke the LCD on my phone earlier this week.
Instead of the usual options of buying a new phone or paying someone else to repair it, I looked up how much effort it would take to source the parts and do the repair myself.
Turns out, it wouldn't be too hard as my phone, the LG Optimus L90, is extremely repair friendly.
So last week, we left off with my fingers crossed hoping that I both ordered the correct LCD module and didn't do more damage in the process of disassembly.
Comparison of Damaged and New LCD Modules
Here's a photo of the damaged and new LCD modules next to each other. The new part comes with a strip of blue protective antistatic film over some of the sensitive parts. The LCD itself also has a cling film over it to keep smudges, dust, and fingerprints off while handling.
The Parts In Context
The new LCD module is in the middle sitting amongst where it'll go.
From here, it's a pretty simple procedure of reverse order disassembly.
Keeping Dust Away
What can happen at this point of reassembly is either getting dust on the screen (it's everywhere) or a fingerprint or two.
To ward off fingerprints, hold off on removing the protective film until the last minute.
To combat dust, you have a few options:
Static and Dust Remover
If you have an electrostatic remover to remove dust and static from the work area, turn that bad boy on an go to town.
I have a small room sized air filter with an ionizer which worked really well for it... but don't turn it on while you're working. Turn it on for an hour or so to clean out the dust and then turn it off to do your work.
Bathroom Clean Room
If you don't have one of those and you're in a particularly dusty area, what you can also do is create a poor man's clean room in your bathroom.
Close the doors and all the vents in your bathroom, stuff some towels under the door, and then turn the shower on hot. Let it get as steamy as possible. Then, turn off the shower and wait for the steam to condense.
What you're essentially doing is filling the room full of small droplets of water which dust will stick to.
When the steam condenses, it'll take the dust in the air with it. Wait until the humidity, heat, and steam are all gone, and voila! Instant clean room.
The Moment of Truth
The moment of truth comes when all the screws are in, the battery's in, and you push the power button....
check for dust and fingerprints...
A quick check that the digitizer still works by tapping out a few text messages (not shown) verifies that everything works great! Didn't even need to recalibrate!
So there we have it, $13 repair.