Anyway to remove embedded dirt / vertical scratches in aluminum casing?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Dick Whitman, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    So as many of you know by now I recently received my third MBA replacement. Long story short, I had problems with the previous two. Perhaps the most compelling factor that swayed me to keep my current machine is the Samsung screen. For me personally, I feel that this screen displays colors most accurately, and, to me, that's important.

    While I have a Toshiba HDD, I'm not sure if this is really a disadvantage. I've read articles from Engadget and elsewhere saying that the Toshiba may actually be superior in some respects and that it also uses different technologies, which may or may not me comparable to the competition.

    And that leaves me to my last point of concern. On the front aluminum casing there is what appears to be almost like a tint speck of black dirt embedded in the casing. This also lies in a spot of slightly discolored aluminum. It's very hard to see and only visible in the right light and at the right angle. Still, I'm wondering what exactly it is and how exactly to remove it if I should so desire. I've come across articles online suggesting glass-polish for scratches but since I don't really know if this indeed a scratch, I'm hesitant to proceed with such methods. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Wow - I know this sounds bad, but it almost seems like you are on a hunt to find SOMETHING wrong with every machine you get.
  3. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    There is a Chinese saying and goes something like, "Picky - picky - picky and you end up with the ugliest ducking."

    I tell you what, if you use any kind of polish, it may remove the "dirt" but at the same time, the "cleaned" area will look different than the rest of the case and that will bug u so much now you have to disassemble the whole thing and have to polish the whole thing in order to keep everything even.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2011
    Dude, stop complaining about the "dirt" on your Mac, and do yourself a favour, send it back for another one. Surely, the fourth one will be to your preference.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    I think you should just learn to be content with what you have or you will never be happy
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    I really don't and I wish these things didn't exist but Apple's recent and severe lack of quality control has made me more obsessive than I should reasonably be. When I got my original 2008 MBA I didn't even have to think twice about different screen types and product damage or any of that nonsense. But - fast forward 5 years later - when you get a screen that's noticeably yellow or a laptop that's chipped, you are forced to be that much more vigilant when receiving and looking over a replacement.


    Tbh, you guys are probably all right but it's still something that's just annoying, knowing that it's there.


    Wise words
  7. macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    You can try using a cloth and some sugar to "buff" it out.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
  9. TheRealDamager, Dec 14, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012

    macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Yes, but when it gets to the point that you are obsessing about a tiny black speck and a "discoloration" that can only barely be seen in the right light and at a certain angle, you have gone over the deep end. Seriously.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Dick Whitman wouldn't be this anal about a spec of dust!
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    Haha, I'm slowly learning to live with it.

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