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iBook G4 turned PURPLE! Help!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mrbrown, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Hey everyone,
    my girlfriend has a white iBook G4 12" laptop. She also has purple sheets on her bed. She's washed the sheets repeatedly and they were not new at the time she got the iBook. Somehow, the laptop has turned purple on the edges (the same color as they the bed). We've tried stuff like 409 to get it off, but it just isn't coming off. You can't see the problem unless you put it in the right light or on a certain background (like all-white), but we want to fix the problem, as she's getting ready to sell it.

    Does anybody have any ideas so that this iBook isn't purple anymore
  2. macrumors member

    Well, this is intended for scratches, but RadTech's Ice Creme ... possibly. That's what I thought of. If it removes scratches, I don't see why it wouldn't remove ... purple. hehehe. Sorry, that's just funny.

    I know it features use for iPods, but if you read the print under features it says:
    Enough to restore several iPods, or 1-3 iBooks.​

    Anybody else think this will/won't work?
  3. macrumors regular

    I think it will seal in the purple in a smooth, scratch-free finish :D
  4. macrumors member

    Alright, I guess I'm dumb and don't realize how this stuff really works, having not actually used it before, nor ever actually thinking about it.

    And after what you just said, I think I get it now. And I feel dumb. Retract previous post.

    <open mouth>
    <insert foot>​
  5. macrumors 65816


    Brasso maybe?? have you tried rubbing it with alcohol? or whatever substance the dye on the sheets is bassed on??
  6. macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Hell sell it as a purple ibook on Ebay and see how many people bid! :cool:
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Try Dove wipes, I'm not sure what name it is, but it's a yellow packet. Should be in the place with all the baby products in a supermarket. It removes paint, pen marks, permanent marker, makeup, etc... so it will probably remove a little purple.

    And I don't know why it is so strong, for a baby product.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    There's a great product called Mr. Clean Magic Eraser that I use faithfully. It has worked nicely to spiffy up my iPod.
  9. macrumors regular

    If it is on the surface, try Brasso or Silvo (assuming that they have that in the US. It is a liquid cream coloured metal polish, smells of amonia). It's mildly abrasive, great for polishing plastics. BTW, you can use it to restore scratched CDs too.

    From my plastics experience, my guess is that the plasticisers in the PolyCarbonate casing have leeched the dye out of the sheets, and the dye is in the plastic. The iBook is a clear polycarb moulding, painted on the inside, I think. If this is the case, I don't think that you can do anything.
  10. macrumors G4


    i would say use some methalated spirit but thats purple too :rolleyes:

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