cleaning wax from my powerbook screen

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Chubby Cox, Nov 14, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    May 2, 2004
    #1 make a long story short, i was a little too violent in blowing out a candle close to my powerbook, and a small amount of wax splashed on the screen. i used a damp paper towel and was able to clean off most of it, but there's still a little residue left. any suggestions on some sort of solvent or something that i could use?

    and yes, i'm an idiot :)
  2. macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2004
    Denver, CO
    noo! whatever you do, dont use a solvent. If you need to, take a little bit of detergent and put it on a lint free cloth along with water. rub gently, and eventually, it will come of.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2004
    Agreed -- no solvent, ever, anywhere on a Powerbook!

    How big is the bit of wax? If it's tiny, try blowing warm air on it to soften it. Perhaps -- PERHAPS -- a blow dryer on a low setting, held at least 12" away from the screen, would also work. When it's softer, it should be easier to remove. Gently wipe away with a non-abrasive cloth or tissue (make sure it's not one of those tissues that has lotion in it).

    If there's a remaining smudge, use an LCD cleaner. Try not to spread the wax around, though, of course. I have a cleaner by 3M: it's a little spray bottle and a tiny shammy. I think I got it at Best Buy, but I've seen it other places, too. I wouldn't recommend using anything other than an LCD cleaner.

    Anyway, take my comments for what they're worth, because I've never actually had to clean wax off an LCD. (Thankfully! :eek: :p )
  4. macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
  5. macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2004
    Dude, I did the same thing about a year ago. I went to Radio Shack and bought a bottle of Fellowes Perfect Clean that came with a cloth. First turn your computer off. If possible try and carefully chip any chunks off. Rub whichever cleaning solutuon you buy in a circle and the wax will slowly wash away. Just be carefull not to spread it to much. Be patient and laugh off your stupidity. It worked like a charm for me. Good luck. :)

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