Are you seeing white dots on your TV screen, and you fear it’s done for?

That’s got to be nerve-wracking! TVs are not cheap, especially with all the technologies they come packed with these days.

Seeing anything that resembles damage on an electronic like this can make anyone quake in their boots. After all, repair costs are not cheap, and you might already be out of warranty.

But don’t worry, although the situation looks dire, I’m willing to bet that your fear is misplaced, and I’ll help you get to the bottom of this. Below, you’ll find a list including 8 simple fixes you can try to solve the problem.

When you’re seeing white spots on your TV screen, please follow these steps carefully:

  1. Take the back cover off
  2. Remove the internal plastic cover
  3. Unplug the speakers and ribbon cable
  4. Unclip the bottom circuit strips
  5. Remove the TV frame and the screen
  6. Carefully lift out the white sheets
  7. Glue down any loose plastic lenses
  8. Reassemble the TV

If that all sounds a little complicated, don’t worry. Everything will be explained in detail, so you’ll always be sure of what comes next.

Read on to restore your TV’s crisp image!

8 Steps to Remove the White Dots On Your TV

White dots on your TV screen are nothing but frustrating. You were likely annoyed by the first one that appeared, but you soon managed to ignore it. Then another one reared its ugly head and yet another. Now they seem to get in the way of everything.

White dots are clearly an indication of something out of the ordinary, but this in no way means that you’re out of options. Quite the contrary, actually – we’re just getting started.

To start troubleshooting, a few tools will be necessary. But don’t worry, I’m sure you already have them all in your home.

You Will Need

  • 2 towels
  • Screwdrivers of various sizes
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Toothpicks
  • Superglue

Provided you’d like some guidance before getting started, please take a look at this tutorial video.

Step 1: Take Off the Back Cover

You might feel a little intimidated by attempting to fix this problem on your own. But don’t! It’s like going swimming in cold water. Once you’ve taken the plunge, you’re good to go. After you’ve removed your TV’s back cover and plate, it’s all plain sailing from there on!

Here’s how you should go about removing the back cover of your TV:

  1. Switch off the TV and unplug it at the mains
  2. Unscrew the stand or base off of the TV
  3. Lay a towel on the table and place the TV on top, screen side down. The towel will stop you from scratching the screen while you work.
  4. Undo all the screws on the back of the TV then lift the back cover off and lay it on one side
Removing TV back panel
Start by removing the back cover from the TV

Step 2: Remove the Internal Plastic Cover

Once you’ve removed the back cover of the TV, you’ll be able to see a plastic cover. This protects the speakers that are lying underneath it. And while it looks really nice as it is, you’ll have to take it off as well.

Here’s how you can go about removing the internal plastic cover:

  1. Undo each of the screws that are holding the plastic cover in place. There are normally about 4 of them.
  2. Lift the plastic cover away and put it on one side

Step 3: Unplug the Speakers and Ribbon Cable

The next step is to unplug the speakers from the circuit board. You’ll also need to unplug the ribbon cable from the back of the TV. Now that you’ve removed the internal plastic cover, the speakers should be exposed.

These are the instructions you need to unplug the speakers and ribbon cable:

  1. Wiggle the speakers gently until they come loose
  2. Separate them from the circuit board by pushing down on the plug and pulling the wires away from it
  3. Unplug the ribbon cable from the circuit board by lifting the plugs and wiggling the ribbon out of them
  4. You will then be able to lift the speakers and place them on one side

Step 4: Unclip the Bottom Circuit Strips

Now that you have removed the speakers, you’ll be able to unclip the bottom circuit strips. But first, you will have to clear the way for you to get to them.

This is what you will need to do:

  1. Undo the screws along the back edge of the TV frame. There will be lots of screws here so, make sure you keep them all together.
  2. Lift off the bottom protective cover and place it on one side
  3. You will then be able to undo the screws on the metal protective cover near the TV base. You should be able to lift this easily away from the TV using a flathead screwdriver. Place the screwdriver under the rim and lift it slightly to do so.
  4. Once the bottom circuit strips are exposed, carefully unclip them. You can do this by placing your fingers behind the holders and pushing towards you. Try not to touch the gold part of the circuit board whilst you remove this.

Step 5: Remove the TV Frame and the Screen

You’ll need a buddy for this one, so make sure you phone a friend. Oh, and go ahead and reward yourself with a cup of coffee while you’re waiting. You’ve earned it!

For the next stage, you’ll need to remove the TV frame and the screen. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Get a friend to hold the TV upright on its side
  2. Remove the frame and screen over the front edge of the TV. You can do this by gently wiggling it away. If it doesn’t feel like it will come away easily, you may have missed a screw on the back. Make sure all the screws are undone before pulling on the frame.

Step 6: Carefully Lift Out the White Sheets

We need to get to the white sheets in order to fix our white dot issue. But before we can get to them, we will have to remove a couple more obstacles that are in the way.

Here’s what you have to do next:

  1. Put the TV back down on the towel
  2. Spread out the other towel onto a work surface
  3. Grab and hold the metal handles to lift the back of the TV away from the screen. Lay the screen on the other towel.
  4. Flip the TV so that it’s on its front
  5. Loosen the black tabs to unclip the plastic frame. You should be able to do this with your fingers. Be gentle as these tabs are fragile.
  6. Remove the plastic frame and lay it on one side
  7. Carefully remove the white sheets. You can do this by peeling them back with your fingers. Gently place them to one side.

Step 7: Glue Down Any Loose Plastic Lenses

Now here’s where we can actually work on fixing your white dot problem. In this step, you’ll be able to repair any loose lenses by sticking them firmly back into their locations.

To do this, follow these steps.

  1. Remove any loose plastic lenses. You can check if they are loose by pulling on them gently. This should expose 3 rubber holes.
  2. Place superglue on the three feet of each loose lens. You can do this by squeezing some superglue onto a toothpick. Then rub the toothpick against each leg of the lens.
  3. Stick the lenses in their places. Make sure that the three feet of each lens are sitting directly in the holes. Then, push down firmly.
  4. Allow the lenses to dry and the glue to cure. This should take at least 2 hours (or go by the specified drying time for your superglue).

Step 8: Reassemble the TV

Once the lenses have dried in place, you should have fixed the problem. Now, it’s time to put everything back the same way you took it apart. Once it’s all back together, turn on the TV and test the screen.

Did it work? Of course it did, that’s a job well done!

TV reassembling
Once you have finished the job, reassemble the TV in the same order you took it apart.

Conclusion

Seeing white dots on your TV screen is distracting and frustrating, and trying to get rid of them on your own might seem daunting without the right instructions. I hope this article’s clear, easy-to-follow steps have been of assistance to you.

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Have a great day!

-Craig