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tangerineyum
Mar 13, 2006, 04:24 PM
I bought this ibook in september, i also bought some iKlear to keep it looking nice and clean. But since December i have noticed that the places that my ibook is in contact with most are getting a slight pink tinge. I got paranoid, started washing my hands obsessively, making note of anything I could be touching that would transfer but i cant find anything.

Any one ever heard of this? Ive included two picture one light and one dark so that the pink really shows. It's on the keyboard and the case. iKlear and basic cleaning products have done nothing to make the tinge go away.



ITASOR
Mar 13, 2006, 04:30 PM
You need to go by yourself a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which is a cleaning sponge and can be found at your local grocery store. Many stores have their own brand, but get Mr. Clean's.

Almost guarantee you it'll take it off if you rub hard enough. :)

EDIT: I don't know if I would use it on the trackpad though (button is ok), and go easy on the space bar, it could take the finish off and make it shiny. Don't do it hard on keyboard letters either.

On palm rests, rub as hard as you want, it's ok.

mjstew33
Mar 13, 2006, 04:38 PM
:eek:

I've used iKlear without a problem, and the magic clean eraser did a good job too.

How about a cheap pencil eraser? That works sometimes, and then use iKlear to get rid of the marks. :)

mkrishnan
Mar 13, 2006, 04:42 PM
What is that red thing the iBook is sitting on top of? A lot of people have noted that the iBook plastic surface is a little porous and will trap dirt. The Magic Erasers *are* absolutely ace for this. But your iBook turning *pink* is seriously weird. There's no reason the dirt should be that color. Most people who've had this issue have blackish smudges.

So do you have anything that you use near it that is red or pink? If so, is it something washable, and can you wash it (in case it's bleeding dye)?

That way you don't have to constantly Magic Eraser it. :)

GITANAJAVA
Mar 13, 2006, 04:51 PM
Or...you could just stop fighting the battle of the pink and surrender to it. Work with it: add holographic Hello Kitty stickers; have an artist friend complement the pink with an indelible design; add racing stripes and flames.

:eek:

tangerineyum
Mar 13, 2006, 04:55 PM
Thanks for all the replies everyone, the picture was taken on my comforter on my bed. Its a really old one and all the color has already bled out. And most of my bed linens are usually green or blue. When its not in my lap, my ibook is usually on a wooden side table, but its not like a cherry wood or anything, the color is closer to bamboo.

My room has very little red items in it, if anything you could find some old valentines, but nothing i would be touching so often that it caused that kind of discoloration. But I guess later today Im going to get that magic eraser and see if it *hopefully* does the job.

mjstew33
Mar 13, 2006, 04:59 PM
Thanks for all the replies everyone, the picture was taken on my comforter on my bed. Its a really old one and all the color has already bled out. And most of my bed linens are usually green or blue. When its not in my lap, my ibook is usually on a wooden side table, but its not like a cherry wood or anything, the color is closer to bamboo.

My room has very little red items in it, if anything you could find some old valentines, but nothing i would be touching so often that it caused that kind of discoloration. But I guess later today Im going to get that magic eraser and see if it *hopefully* does the job.
:eek: I see it's on your keys!

Is someone else using the computer? :eek:

mkrishnan
Mar 13, 2006, 05:02 PM
Or...you could just stop fighting the battle of the pink and surrender to it. Work with it: add holographic Hello Kitty stickers

Mmm, this sounds shockingly like *my* pink iBook. :eek: ;) :D

To the OP...wow... that's strange...where is the pink coming from? :eek: There are some bacteria that create pink residue, I think...but that seems hard to believe. :(

tangerineyum
Mar 13, 2006, 05:03 PM
:eek: I see it's on your keys!

Is someone else using the computer? :eek:


nope, im an only child and everyone else in the house has their own mac to play with, and i think if it was some one else, i would notice some pink on the emac keyboard or the other ibook in the house. this is so weird.:confused:

GITANAJAVA
Mar 13, 2006, 05:05 PM
Mmm, this sounds shockingly like *my* pink iBook. :eek: ;) :D

To the OP...wow... that's strange...where is the pink coming from? :eek: There are some bacteria that create pink residue, I think...but that seems hard to believe. :(

Perhaps, the deadly red tide has moved inland? Call out the marine biologists!

slooksterPSV
Mar 13, 2006, 05:15 PM
His is turning pink, mine is turning black, and its where my arms rest on my iBook

ITASOR
Mar 13, 2006, 05:16 PM
His is turning pink, mine is turning black, and its where my arms rest on my iBook

So was mine, but Mr. Clean fixes it up once a week (Sunday afternoon's). :D

ssj300
Mar 13, 2006, 05:21 PM
pink is a hot color for the ibook

i wouldn't clean it.

tangerineyum
Mar 13, 2006, 05:25 PM
pink is a hot color for the ibook

i wouldn't clean it.

except that i cant get any uniform color, and that just isnt my style :p

slooksterPSV
Mar 13, 2006, 05:33 PM
So was mine, but Mr. Clean fixes it up once a week (Sunday afternoon's). :D
*coughs* smells like burnt plastic where it's black.

WildCowboy
Mar 13, 2006, 06:22 PM
Just send it off to Colorware (http://www.colorwarepc.com/products/category_content.aspx?categoryid=132) and be done with the transformation.

mpw
Mar 13, 2006, 06:30 PM
Lighten up on the make-up maybe?

iMeowbot
Mar 13, 2006, 06:37 PM
I seem to remember that the Cat in the Hat left a pink ring on the tub when he took a bath, and attempts to clean it got pink stuff everywhere else. Is there any possible connection?

dvdh
Mar 13, 2006, 06:37 PM
About 2 weeks after I got my ibook, I noticed that the edges were turning yellow. I got suspicious of the my targus bag (which is black) and started to put my ibook in a piece of white cloth inside the case. It solved the problem, so it seems it was ink from the dye the case staining the plastic.

So that brings me to your problem. You haven't bought a red shirt recently have you?

sk1985
Mar 13, 2006, 07:15 PM
Do you frequently use lotions? Some have dyes in them that can stain plastics and other surfaces. I'd personally check that out (also some dyes in soaps could mildly stain your hands and rub off on your iBook). I really could see these two products being your problem.

Chuckles
Mar 13, 2006, 07:39 PM
Or...

Your hand has been somewhere it shouldn't be, at a time it really shouldn't be. :eek:

mkrishnan
Mar 13, 2006, 09:05 PM
I seem to remember that the Cat in the Hat left a pink ring on the tub when he took a bath, and attempts to clean it got pink stuff everywhere else. Is there any possible connection?

Yes, clear and conclusive proof that April 1 will bring a widescreen Intel iBook. And it won't be pink. And Steve Jobs will ride a unicycle. And there will be donkey porn (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=183175&page=2&highlight=donkey+porn).

tangerineyum
Mar 13, 2006, 09:07 PM
Lighten up on the make-up maybe?

thats only on the weekend;)

and i got the magic eraser and will be shutting off ibook for a bath once idvd stops rendering.

Peyton
Mar 13, 2006, 09:10 PM
I'd say you need to find a new place to apply your nail polish or its only going to get worse. And using the iBook's heat to dry them is not smart okay?

problem solved. :cool: onto my next mystery

mjstew33
Mar 13, 2006, 09:15 PM
I'd say you need to find a new place to apply your nail polish or its only going to get worse. And using the iBook's heat to dry them is not smart okay?

problem solved. :cool: onto my next mystery
You guys need to... shut up. :rolleyes:

calebjohnston
Mar 13, 2006, 09:21 PM
This has to have something to do with makeup and sweat from the heat of the computer, that's the only reasonable explanation. or chalk? or something. I don't know. very strange.

Maybe you should just accept it and make your ibook furry (http://www.malaran.com/2.0/ibook/furbook.html) too.

Sidenote: Please do not do that. That 'man' should be abused.

EDIT: It's (her?) name is cynthia? Eesh. Either way. Don't do it.

California
Mar 14, 2006, 01:33 AM
It's the bedspread. Get an iSkin for the keyboard and get the magic eraser for the palmrest. Notice that it is only pink where your hands go... so that tells the story.

tangerineyum
Mar 14, 2006, 01:43 AM
It's the bedspread. Get an iSkin for the keyboard and get the magic eraser for the palmrest. Notice that it is only pink where your hands go... so that tells the story.

read my first post. although not said, bedspread has only been on for about 2 weeks or so when it got cold here in socal, and i wash my hands obsessively. its not the bed spread.

California
Mar 14, 2006, 03:52 AM
read my first post. although not said, bedspread has only been on for about 2 weeks or so when it got cold here in socal, and i wash my hands obsessively. its not the bed spread.

Well I had that same machine, until a few weeks ago.

If it is not the bedspread, then what are you implying? That it is the plastic itself?

Don't think so. Get the eraser and don't use it on the keyboard or outer case, just palmrest, and then get an iSkin -- will save your iBook anyway from accidental spills etc. Nice machine; glad you stuffed it with max ram.

Shamus
Mar 14, 2006, 04:37 AM
Lighten up on the make-up maybe?
that was my initial reaction too. :P

sinecurea
Mar 14, 2006, 06:22 AM
It's definitely something to do with something coming from your hands - look at the area of the touchpad - it's exactly the same area you'd use during everyday use...

crazyfortech
Mar 14, 2006, 09:18 AM
I wonder if any one eles is using it ?:eek: YOUR MAC!

MukelG
Mar 14, 2006, 12:11 PM
My bedspread was dark brown. It turned my ibook pink. I know you say yours is old dadadadada, so was mine. It still turned it pink. The entire bottom was pink, and so was the hand area for a while. Try to keep it on a desk only. My pinkness went away on its own from just being constantly moved/touched [i have no feet on my ibook, apple people took them haha, so the bottom rubbed on stuff and the pink went away]

bill4588
Mar 14, 2006, 03:07 PM
just dip it in bleach. that should get rid of the pink :cool: :p

Spanky Deluxe
Mar 14, 2006, 03:57 PM
This is the crazyest thing I've ever heard!! An iBook turning pink. Crazy. I'd say its either make up from someone (maybe someone in the house uses loads, I dunno, or red chalk from a class room (do any teachers use it loads?) or maybe discoloration from a new bed sheet or carpet, maybe its been in the way of light from the sun that's passed through a coloured piece of glass??

quigleybc
Mar 14, 2006, 05:17 PM
Something is very odd here....

Maybe you should go to a doctor and see if you have some type of rare thing that causes the oil in your skin to produce a pink residue...

Sounds crazy, but so is this issue...

very very odd.

Good luck.:)

maestro55
Mar 14, 2006, 05:35 PM
I am just waiting for the video of how the OP turned his iPod pink. Maybe he will host it on YouTube. Would make for a great first page article.

eleveneastgate
Mar 14, 2006, 05:36 PM
It's Stigmata!

Quick put it on eBay... :D

Seriously, sorry about your pink problem, at least you havn't dropped it, or no faulty logic boards.

;)

devilot
Mar 14, 2006, 06:36 PM
All of the posters saying "It's make up!"-- have any of you actually worn make up and left this kind of residue?! If so... what kind of make up are you wearing and where/how are you applying it?!

That is NOT from make up. Hmph.

mkrishnan
Mar 14, 2006, 06:38 PM
It's Stigmata!

Is it possible that it's Eye Stigmata? Stigmata of the eyes?

http://www.illwillpress.com/pics/eye.gif (http://www.illwillpress.com/eyes.html)

P.S. I, ahem, have worn makeup, but have never left residue on my iBook. :o

tangerineyum
Mar 22, 2006, 10:56 PM
ibook is now looking so fresh and so clean clean. Magic Eraser did the trick, thanks all.