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    Posted: 06 June 2011 at 18:32
Per request of other forum members, I am making a new thread to be added to the knowledge base.

For those that don't like the hard plastic screen protectors on their cameras, replacing a scratched LCD window on your Sony Alpha camera is a pretty straight forward process. The LCD is pretty tough and scratch resistant, but eventually you will get some scratches and want to replace it.

You will need to order a replacement LCD window (part# 411096601) and the adhesive sheet (part# 411097101) from the Sony Part Store. At the time of this tutorial, parts were around $27. Most Alpha cameras use the same type of LCD window (except the SLT models). If you can find a parts diagram, you will be able to find the exact part number for your alpha.

Camera with bad LCD window. Its hard to capture the damage with a camera phone....


These are the 2 parts you need to order. One is the LCD Window, and the other is the Adhesive Sheet that holds it to the body:


Warm the screen up a bit with a hair dryer. This softens the adhesive strip that holds the LCD window in place. Gently pry up a corner with the X-Acto knife and continue to lift while the window is still warm.


Once screen is old removed, clean up the remaining bits of the adhesive strip left behind. I scrape it off with my fingernail and then use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol to remove the remaining residue. be careful to not touch the LCD screen itself, as finger prints and smudges are difficult to remove. The top section is now clean, the bottom and sides need to be cleaned still. I also use a lint free cloth to clean any dust and debris from the actual LCD screen.


Once clean, apply the new adhesive strip. Sony makes this process really easy. The thin strip is affixed to a larger piece of thin plastic. This makes for perfect positioning. You can see a small tab on the bottom right. This is used to pull the backing away from the adhesive strip once you put it in place.



Now pull off the protective film from the rear of the replacement LCD window, line up the bottom edge and press firmly into place. Once secured, remove the protective covering from the front of the LCD and admire your work.

 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Micholand Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2011 at 16:58
Thanks Mike, a very clearly written and illustrated contribution...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nigelbrooks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2011 at 22:12
Excellent Mike and will hopefully save other members time and money. Thanks for sharing this.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote smcabbott Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2011 at 15:39
Thanks so much for sharing this. I had no idea it was that straightforward. I did not have any scratches on my LCD until I put the damn Sony protector over it. Now it is covered in them, even though I cleaned everything really well before putting it on and I've never found anything in between the two that would cause the scratches. But obviously something got in there...every time I look I see a new one. I'm thrilled to find out this is something I can address myself.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cycletech Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2011 at 15:46
Thanks! Sony LCD Protector be damned!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote momech Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2011 at 16:28
I'll add my Thanks!! as well. My A900 is going to need one fairly soon, you just saved me a fair amount of time and money.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote j.scooter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2011 at 16:35
Thanks for posting!!

Now I can remove the sticker protector thingy that I have on my screen to protect it from scratches. It degrades the image and when light hits it at just the right angle makes it impossible to see the lcd.

It is now redundant as the replacement screen is $27 and a DIY solution.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote smcabbott Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2011 at 16:53
My parts are already on their way.   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 5thElefant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2011 at 17:18
Excellent. Bookmarked just in case.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote portomomo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 November 2012 at 19:35
Bookmarked too, thanks.
But verified today availability:
The price duplicated within a year:
47,38 USD screen, 13,24 USD glue.

I'm really surprised....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote psychni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2013 at 19:33
Hi to All!!

Are those parts [ replacement LCD window (part# 411096601) and the adhesive sheet (part# 411097101) ]
the same for A900 and for A850 for sure?

Because in Sony's official site referred as for A900..

With Best Regards

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Post Options Post Options   Quote adakshi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2013 at 07:59
Bookmarked
Sony A900|SAL135F18Z|SAL50F14|KM-1735|HVL-F60M|HVL-F58AM|HVL-F20M
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2013 at 07:23
Can we sticky this fantastic article?

Thanks mls15000!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2013 at 11:48
Or you can buy the £2.33 glass FOTGA screen from evilBay and do likewise, plus it's already got the adhesive strip around the edge, so it's a simple replacement in addition to using it to cover the original screen. The GGS version is also available from Amazon (USA) for $5.69 delivered or the eForCity version for $3.56 delivered (this version is marked α-900 and doesn't have any 3rd party manufacturers logo on it).

Edited by Pirate - 22 January 2013 at 12:21
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