Help Cleaning iBook Case

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I just received my iBook G4 back from Apple Support and it was covered in blue adhesive - I've spoken with Apple Support about this and they said I could send it back to have it cleaned, but I really don't have time to send this laptop in again. Are there any ways that you have tried to remove adhesive from the casing of an iBook?
     
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    Where is it on the casing? You could do it with general purpose adhesive remover. It's usually citrus smelling but it's really oily. (Petroleum distillate) I wouldn't want to get it on the keyboard or LCD.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    It's right over the Apple on the top of the case.
     
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    Well then just get some adhesive remover and apply some to a paper towel. Wipe the blue gunk with the moist paper towel and let the remover sit for 5-10 minutes. It should wipe off or it might take some fingernail work.

    It comes in spray cans and in bottles. I've found it in hardware stores and most department stores.

    http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=51423378&pfp=BROWSE

    http://www.citrusmagic.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?item=614170984

    The brand doesn't really matter. Just make sure you don't use too much. It's not very viscous and runs easily.
     
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    My iBook G4 "Spinnerz" and I have weathered all types of minor mishaps in our travels together -- tree sap (Vermont), bird poo (Italy), lipstick smears (Japan), sticky tape and Bandaids (an airstrip near Qatar) and my tool of choice is alcohol daubed on a large cotton puff that has been first dampened with water, then squeezed dry. One year later, Spinnerz still sparkles and works like a racehorse. Best of all, this First Aid Kit is universally available and inexpensive.
     
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    I haven't had as much success with rubbing alcohol as you. But it does work. :cool:
     
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    Cotton batting + Rubbing Alcohol + ....

    Cotton batting + Rubbing Alcohol + Desperate Determination + 1 Yet-to-be-named airstrip near Qatar = One clean iBook, intact, with Owner, also intact. :D

    It's the Desperate Determination that gets it done.
     
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    Here's what I use and recommened.

    Get a single $1 Mr. Clearn Magic Eraser. Let a very little amount of hot water sink into it. Rinse out the water and erase away the mark. This sounds crazy, but I waxed the top of my laptop with Zymol car wax (what I use on my car).

    I have taken out everything encountered from pen marks to small scratches.
     
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    Goo Gone on a cotton rag.

    Dab it on the adhesive marks, let it sit no longer that 2 mins.

    Gently wipe it off with dry cotton rag.

    It's a little oily, so you may want to use some rubbing alcohol afterwards,to dry it out.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendations - I've tried rubbing alcohol and the Magic Eraser and neither made any dent in the adhesive. I'm going to try the other recommendations and cross my fingers that I don't have to send this thing back into Apple Support.
     
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    If you try any of the others.....just be sure that NONE touches the track-pad. It will stop working.
     
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    Apple owes you a new top lid part. Just tell 'em to send it. That's ridiculous and I would throw a fit if it were my pristine iBook.
     

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