Clean PB

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by tuartboy, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. tuartboy macrumors 6502a

    tuartboy

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    Anyone have any good tips and chemicals to clean Albooks?

    I bought this one a month ago and I'm looking to keeping it nice. Mostly I'm worried about keeping any oils from my hands off the palm rest so it doesn't pit.

    Other than that, things are great!
     
  2. Switzermac macrumors regular

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  3. tuartboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    a lot of people have mentioned that the aluminum surface often starts to almost corrode or discolor after a while when regularly using the builtin keyboard and trackpad.
     
  4. dcv macrumors G3

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    I don't know about cleaning products for the PowerBook but I just bought myself an iLap (do a search on this forum for details) which is a desk or lap stand for the powerbook, with a velvet cushion at the front. The reason I mention this is because I've noticed the cushion at the front keeps my hands from resting on the aluminium... therefore hopefully preventing the pitting problem!
     
  5. Switzermac macrumors regular

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    Aluminium forms a oxide instantaniously when exposed to the oxygen in the air. This oxide protects it and does not corrode so Pit is not a problem
     
  6. aricher macrumors 68020

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    I use iKlear Apple Polish once a week on both the body and screen of my PB 17" - makes it look brand new. Make sure the computer is off and screen is cold before cleaning though- otherwise it streaks. I bought a RadTech ScreensavRz cloth to protect the screen from keyboard greese when closed - it also is great for using to clean with the iKlear.

    iKlear

    RadTech ScreensavRz
     
  7. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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  8. quackattack macrumors 6502a

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    I got myself one of these. I highly reccomend it. I haven't had any problems with my AlBook, it keeps it very clean.
     
  9. tuartboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the iklear tip.

    Not sure about the Radtech piece as I'm quite mobile and not sure I really want the extra hassle. That and I ordered a Radtech bag a week ago and it has yet to ship :(
     
  10. zelmo macrumors 603

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    I bought the ScreensavRz and Powersleevz products for my PB, and they keep it safe when stored. I have ordered the iKlear based on many reccomendations here, but have not received that yet.
     
  11. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I was trying to figure out their shipping rates without actually signing up to be a customer in osCommerce.

    Can you tell me what the rates are, or how much you paid? How's the tax, too?
     
  12. punkbass25 macrumors member

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    except for ...you know.. when it is.. and it happens to quite a few users
     
  13. zelmo macrumors 603

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    I didn't need to sign up for anything to add items to a cart and view total cost with shipping/tax. Try this link. Alternately, let me know what size 'Book you have and I'll be happy to price out the items for you.
     
  14. tuartboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, so i'm not going crazy then?
     
  15. zelmo macrumors 603

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    Tough to say, but at least you know there really appears to be a pitting problem with some users. ;)
     
  16. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You're correct that aluminum oxidizes when in contact with *gasp* oxygen ;) The PowerBooks, iPod and Mac minis, and the G5 tower are all anodized, along with the casing of the cinema displays, and the stand of the iMac G5. Anodizing gives aluminum a thicker than normal layer of aluminum oxide, making it stiffer and stronger. However, it does not protect the aluminum from the acids and salt found on your skin, especially when sweating, like when you have your wrists on either side of the trackpad.
    Luckily, I don't usually keep my wrists there, so I haven't had this problem. Using iKlear (heck, even a damp cloth should do the trick) somewhat regularly should keep the acids and such from eating into the aluminum.
     
  17. Switzermac macrumors regular

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    Thanks i thouht it was un annodized aluminium
     
  18. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Believe me - it's not a hassle and it's really the best product to protect your screen and clean your PB - I, and may others, consider it an essential accessory.
     

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