1 Year Later (Almost), MacBook Stains

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wake6830, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. wake6830 macrumors regular

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    I purchased a MacBook last May, and despite all the complaints flying around at that time, I was happy with my purchase. I don't have any whining or mooing, and I didn't have any problems with the stains on the palm rest.

    That is, I didn't have any problems with the stains up until a month or two ago, and now it's really bugging me.

    This is covered by Apple within 1 year after purchase, correct? If I take it in to an Apple Store, how long will it take them to return it to me? The macbook is, for all intensive purposes, my only computer, and it also serves as my dvd player and tv tuner, so I'd like to minimize my time spent without it.
     
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    It may be a matter of it showing its age-ring Apple for the definitive word though-they should replace it (the top cover).
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    if you just call applecare and arrange a repair, it will take, probably, less than 5 days (shipping and repairing) if you are inside US.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Are these yellow colored stains, or the darkening that iBook owners have seen perennially? The latter cleans very nicely with a Mister Clean Magic Eraser and is just dirt...not staining. I'm just asking since it didn't do this for a whole year. The ones that were problematic were initially poorly fabricated plastic; if you had one, you should've seen this effect a long time ago, unless you've been wearing gloves or had some recent major change in the oils your skin outputs...
     
  5. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    I'm sorry, this is off topic but this is one of my pet peeves. The phrase is actually, "for all intents and purposes." Not trying to be a jerk, just wanted to share that with you.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe he/she has another computer for non-intensive purposes, but the non-intensive purposes produce less skin oil and do not cause staining? :eek: ;) :D
     
  7. Winterfell macrumors regular

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    It's alright. We're all allowed to be a grammar nazi from time to time. ;)
     
  8. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Hey thanks I never knew this
     
  9. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    The stains are pretty normal after this amount of time for any laptop, Apple or not. It's probably because your hands are/have been dirty and you rest them on that area whilst typing. After a certain amount of time it starts to discolour. I think gamers call this WASD marks. (Or something, because of FPS)
     
  10. KurtangleTN macrumors 6502a

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    Do iBooks stain? It seems like Macbooks have more of a problem (at least reported, I don't own a Macbook) then iBooks, and i've read it's a plastic problem.
     
  11. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Yes they do.

    Anything stains.
     
  12. Episteme macrumors regular

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    Often, it's not dirt at all, but the contents of sweat and natural skin oils. Based on what we eat, genetic make-up, etc., some people have sweat/oils that are naturally fairly highly acidic/alkaline, and this can cause marking/damage to the surface.
     
  13. mikefly macrumors regular

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    hmm

    In fact, the actual quote is For all incense and porpoises.

    Remember -- wax on, wax off.

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  14. Episteme macrumors regular

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    Whacks on, wha... oh... yes, that would cause staining...
     
  15. mikefly macrumors regular

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    ...

    touché.

    (French for touched, clearly someone's been taking care of that.)


    Mike
     
  16. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Including my underwear?! :confused:
     
  17. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    it makes sense. more intensive purposes are more stressful, leading to sweatier palms. i wish i had another computer for the non-intensive purposes. :rolleyes:
     
  18. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    My friends Macbook has turned very yellow/brown around the palm rest and trackpad area after only a year. Perhaps to be expected. How do the metallics MBP's hold up? Surely they wont be staining in the same way?:confused:
     
  19. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    A lot of people also get the "I couldn't care less" statement wrong. They usually say "I could care less", which makes no sense when put into the context of what they are saying.
     
  20. sxl95 macrumors member

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    Thanks for the lesson. I too, did not know this.

    MacRumors: A better educational resource than your local public school!*

    -Sam

    *I went to private school for high school, and a private university for college, and still didn't know this.
     
  21. wake6830 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, for the opinions and the grammar lesson. usually, i'm pretty good with that stuff...

    anyway, this isn't just dirt. i've tried the "magic eraser" method and it doesn't help at all. in fact, it makes the non-stained areas cleaner, thereby making the stains appear more prominent.
     

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