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lewisozz
Feb 18, 2008, 09:18 AM
Hi i just bought a MBA 2 days ago and and it got a minor scratch on the front next to the apple logo. Any tips on removing ???



khosna
Feb 18, 2008, 09:22 AM
I scratched mine on the bottom with my watch when I was putting in my case. Don't care too much about the bottom but would like to know in case it happens on the top.

ddd269
Feb 18, 2008, 09:31 AM
Hi i just bought a MBA 2 days ago and and it got a minor scratch on the front next to the apple logo. Any tips on removing ???


Not sure how to remove it, but you might want to try the mr clean magic erasers http://www.mrclean.com/sites/en_US/mrclean/products/eraser.shtml

To prevent future scratches, use this. I highly recommend it. Worth every penny.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=433784

drew0020
Feb 18, 2008, 09:37 AM
I would love to know how I can fix scratches so that I can take care of them as they occur.

Cybergypsy
Feb 18, 2008, 11:37 AM
Think of them as beauty marks.......

brn2ski00
Feb 18, 2008, 11:40 AM
Any scratch remover that works with existing iPods / iPhone aluminum would work great. Try expanding your search to include those products as well...

lewisozz
Feb 18, 2008, 11:50 AM
Do You Think Brasso Would Help ???

PDE
Feb 18, 2008, 11:52 AM
I don;t think it's at all a good idea to use an abrasive like brasso or mrclean on a surface like the MBA. It's ok on polished stainless steel and shiny surfaces, but it may ruin the appearance of the MBA surface further. Unless somebody can test first, I really would NOT recommend it!

brn2ski00
Feb 18, 2008, 11:54 AM
NO NO... that stuff is more for polished steel surfaces like the bezel of the iphone or backing of the iPod Classic....

i have tried using this once and got less than desirable results. Brass is an abrasive cleaner, it actually removes a fine layer of the surface that it is applied on. I don't believe that this should be used on Aluminum Mac surfaces.

lewisozz
Feb 18, 2008, 11:54 AM
Could I Test It On The Superdrive ??? What could i use instead of brasso that you can buy in the supermarket or hardware store ???

brn2ski00
Feb 18, 2008, 11:54 AM
I don;t think it's at all a good idea to use an abrasive like brasso or mrclean on a surface like the MBA. It's ok on polished stainless steel and shiny surfaces, but it may ruin the appearance of the MBA surface further. Unless somebody can test first, I really would NOT recommend it!

LOL, must have been typing this at the same time!

Could I Test It On The Superdrive ???

I wouldn't... Just search for an aluminum polish -- they have to exist. BRASSO is DANGEROUS.

lewisozz
Feb 18, 2008, 11:57 AM
YEH what about ikleer or is that just for screens ???

brn2ski00
Feb 18, 2008, 12:00 PM
I beleive that is just for screens...

Maybe: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=3A987FD4&fnode=home/shop_ipod/ipod_accessories/extras&nplm=TK297LL/A

lewisozz
Feb 18, 2008, 12:03 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Ohh weel could i use brasso on my iphone for the screen or just the back and the silver rime ??

Cybergypsy
Feb 18, 2008, 12:15 PM
Comet will work just as good...OK I was joking!!!!

Halon X
Feb 18, 2008, 12:24 PM
I would just let it be. It's inevitable that you'll scratch it again. Why worry!

I used to find myself babying new laptop purchases (PB/MBP), starting out with good intentions of doing everything I could (protective sleeve) to keep it looking new. Within a month or two I'd always find myself sick of the hassle and just tossing the laptop in my bag naked.

With the MBA, I decided to embrace the inevitable and started throwing it in my bag naked from day one. :eek:

lewisozz
Feb 18, 2008, 12:25 PM
This sounds realy sad but it keeps bugging me and it right at the front of my MBA.do you think a jewler could fill it in ????

me_94501
Feb 18, 2008, 01:07 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Ohh weel could i use brasso on my iphone for the screen or just the back and the silver rime ??

Uh, I wouldn't use it on the iPhone screen if I were you. I don't know what Brasso would do to glass. :eek: Also, the iPhone screen is pretty durable as it is since it is glass and not plastic.

And you want to see scratches? Just look at a MacBook after a year and a half of use. :p

lewisozz
Feb 18, 2008, 01:10 PM
YEHMY MB is SCRATCHED TO HELL BUT I DIDNT HAVE IT IN A CASE AND I DROPED IT 3 TIMES :eek:

PDE
Feb 21, 2008, 03:44 PM
I would just let it be. It's inevitable that you'll scratch it again. Why worry!

I used to find myself babying new laptop purchases (PB/MBP), starting out with good intentions of doing everything I could (protective sleeve) to keep it looking new. Within a month or two I'd always find myself sick of the hassle and just tossing the laptop in my bag naked.

With the MBA, I decided to embrace the inevitable and started throwing it in my bag naked from day one. :eek:

Just curious how it's holding up? I'm always overly protective with my Apple laptops, but of course I'd prefer to be able to throw them in my bag without worrying about damage. After using a macbook pro for a long time, it's hard to gauge how tough this little thing is....feels sturdy, but I'm not convinced yet.

dbp1999
Feb 21, 2008, 04:01 PM
Just curious how it's holding up? I'm always overly protective with my Apple laptops, but of course I'd prefer to be able to throw them in my bag without worrying about damage. After using a macbook pro for a long time, it's hard to gauge how tough this little thing is....feels sturdy, but I'm not convinced yet.

So this house has one 1st Gen 17" MBP (5 year old I think) and that is still going fine although the drive can be reluctant to return disks. It has been submerged once fully in water then dried, dropped twice on the corner but still refuses to die.

12" MBP, better cared for one careful lady owner, but now missing a couple of keys and the battery wont stay in, otherwise fine. Wife claims never dropped.

15" MBP 3 years old, screen died costs way to much too replace, out of warranty so now sits attached to screen. Case lost all silver where hands rest as typing (so definately don't brasso the MBA as it will go black if the finish is anything like MBP). Case is badly bent following a monstrous drop down a flight of stairs on London Underground (screen survived that by a year). Reckon this as the worst build quality of them all.

17" MBP latest Generation, wearing one of those plastic cases (in blue) which works well but really does nothing for the looks. One drop 4 ft to floor case around express slot warped a bit but other than that seems good

13" Macbook, in pink plastic case and definately best build quality

This all bodes well for MBA IMHO so looking for one soon;-)

Almost all of them are thrown in bags without cases, I cycle 25 miles to work and back with them in messenger bag so fair to say I am not what one would call a precautious owner. Ah yes the latest 17" also survived being in bag when White Van wiped me out on bike in December...

Unashamed plug although I am in UK I get all my bags custom made by Ro and Ellie at Reload - http://reloadbags.com/bags/smcivie.php
They can make pretty much any logo for a price, and for the overly protective among you even do a padded bag... !

Tummy
Feb 21, 2008, 04:58 PM
So this house has one 1st Gen 17" MBP (5 year old I think)... 12" MBP... 15" MBP 3 years old...

I'm pretty sure you mean Powerbook G4 Aluminum for these. The first Macbook Pro came out in January 2006, hardly 2 years ago. They never released a 12" Macbook Pro.

ViperrepiV
Feb 21, 2008, 05:38 PM
what about for fingerprint smudges on the aluminum? a little windex on a rag or paper towel?

iHerzeleid
Feb 21, 2008, 05:53 PM
what about for fingerprint smudges on the aluminum? a little windex on a rag or paper towel?

Water sprayed on a rag or cleaning cloth then just clean.

dbp1999
Feb 23, 2008, 11:33 AM
So this house has one 1st Gen 17" MBP (5 year old I think) and that is still going fine although the drive can be reluctant to return disks. It has been submerged once fully in water then dried, dropped twice on the corner but still refuses to die.

12" MBP, better cared for one careful lady owner, but now missing a couple of keys and the battery wont stay in, otherwise fine. Wife claims never dropped.

15" MBP 3 years old, screen died costs way to much too replace, out of warranty so now sits attached to screen. Case lost all silver where hands rest as typing (so definately don't brasso the MBA as it will go black if the finish is anything like MBP). Case is badly bent following a monstrous drop down a flight of stairs on London Underground (screen survived that by a year). Reckon this as the worst build quality of them all.

17" MBP latest Generation, wearing one of those plastic cases (in blue) which works well but really does nothing for the looks. One drop 4 ft to floor case around express slot warped a bit but other than that seems good

13" Macbook, in pink plastic case and definately best build quality

This all bodes well for MBA IMHO so looking for one soon;-)

Almost all of them are thrown in bags without cases, I cycle 25 miles to work and back with them in messenger bag so fair to say I am not what one would call a precautious owner. Ah yes the latest 17" also survived being in bag when White Van wiped me out on bike in December...

Unashamed plug although I am in UK I get all my bags custom made by Ro and Ellie at Reload - http://reloadbags.com/bags/smcivie.php
They can make pretty much any logo for a price, and for the overly protective among you even do a padded bag... !

I'm pretty sure you mean Powerbook G4 Aluminum for these. The first Macbook Pro came out in January 2006, hardly 2 years ago. They never released a 12" Macbook Pro.

Yep sorry, Powerbooks all but the last 17" !

steve31
Feb 23, 2008, 11:42 AM
Think of them as beauty marks.......I agree. Its a portable and would be hard to keep it "scratch free" if you take it with you everywhere.

Eric Piercey
Feb 23, 2008, 11:52 AM
I'd ignore it. Everyone else will.

Cybergypsy
Feb 23, 2008, 11:52 AM
YEHMY MB is SCRATCHED TO HELL BUT I DIDNT HAVE IT IN A CASE AND I DROPED IT 3 TIMES :eek:

I can tell your CAPS are stuck on...........


I bought a 2001 vette convertible in 2000 Paid 54K for it, was not sure how the top went up, had keys in hand and the latch snapped at me...LOL 2 inch key scratch on back deck the first day....LOL beauty mark :)

mike000
Apr 19, 2008, 04:48 PM
i saw this -- i don't know if it'll work though ...

http://www.tipaint.com/

archesdevil
Apr 19, 2008, 04:53 PM
A scratch in 2 days? I've had my BlackBook for over a month and no scratches at all. All the greasy finger prints wipe off easily with water or iClean... Glad I did not wait for aluminum MacBook.

willwork4shoes
Sep 17, 2009, 08:57 PM
I just got my MacBook Pro today (aluminum unibody) and it's b-e-a-utiful! I made the mistake of putting on a See-Thru Satin Speck Case...(DO NOT USE THESE...it caused scratches just installing and removing. Also, I've heard they cause lots of scratches from trapped dust particles. All in all, just get a nice neoprene sleeve for your Macbook and enjoy the beautiful sleek silver aluminum body!) ANYWAY...I had a small surface scuff on the top, and I was freaking out...then I tried some of the Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit...I don't recommend this for EVERYONE...but it worked for me. I added a tiny spritz of the Quik Detailer Mist & Wipe to a napkin, rubbed it on, and immediately the scuff disappeared...then I used the clay, and just rubbed it a bit on top (not hard), and everything's dried, and the scuff is gone. I really don't recommend using anything abrasive like toothpaste or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or anything...the clay is smooth and non-abrasive...I've used it on my car too (when I ran into a mailbox) and it removed the mailbox paint and small surface scratches. Good luck!

creon
Sep 17, 2009, 11:46 PM
Scratches happen. Usually when you try to fix it you end up making it worse...

My advise: accept the scratch and with it learn that perfection isn't possible.

NOW BREATH ;)

macshill
Sep 18, 2009, 03:12 AM
Just go over your entire MBA with this little beauty and your baby will be uniform and you'll never have to worry about another scratch again (it'll always look all the same). ;):D

http://i28.tinypic.com/351cu2x.jpg

pvmacguy
Sep 18, 2009, 03:23 PM
+1 on the maguires products. I used some scratch X on my cousins powerbook and it made most of the scratches go away. :)

Gadgetman99
Sep 18, 2009, 05:58 PM
The surface appears to be vapor blasted. If you have the correct equipment, you could just vapor blast the scratch areas. But most likely you would have to remove the parts needing blasting so as not to get anything into the laptop.

jasaldo1
Sep 19, 2010, 12:20 PM
my mba got its first scratch after 1 month. a good deep one, about 2mm deep and 5mm wide. lucky for me it is on the bottom :D least i can tell which is mine now though :D