04-13-2019 04:04 AM
As far as the integrity of waterproofing, yes, it will be lost if you attempt a repair. There is an internal gasket that should be ok, but the adhesive glue that is used, along with the water sealing on the screws, will be compromised.
I completely understand your hesitance in trusting any 3rd party housings (I had a latch and door come clean off while surfing with a 3rd party housing), for snorkeling you should be fine. For added assurance, get some duct tape and cover the door enclosure.
When it comes to diving, it really depends on your depth and the water pressure. 10-30 meters should be fine in a 3rd party housing and a little duct tape, but I wouldn't take it deeper unless you have the Super Suit.
04-13-2019 04:56 AM - edited 04-13-2019 04:58 AM
this is what I do. the touch screen is damaged and cracked. getting a screen film protector if cut correctly leaving a little less over the edging, and taking nail polish will temporarly allow you to continue to use the camera in the water. as well the touch screen. the nail polish will lock the film and prevent water from getting under the protector. the film already has glue and adhesive and will add additional protection.
Window tint they use nail polish to prevent the film from lifting and, you be set.
Another option is Amazon Prime next day a refurb Hero 5 for 159.00 , sell your camera to collect the funds and will cost less then the reapair of the screen.
those are my thoughts about this,
you can take a peice of film , nail polish to something and test out, if uncertain.