2008 macbook pro cracked display bezel fix

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  1. joecool99 Suspended

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    is there a way to fix this ? i tried epoxy, but that snapped immediately while opening the lid puts pressure on that spot.

    is there a better glue or your discovery that will fix this and hold together ?

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  2. praetorx macrumors regular

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    How did you manage to break it? Is this the unibody MBP? The unibodies look pretty sturdy to me unless dropped, thrown or used as projectiles :)
     
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    not unibody. obviously.
    it's a stress break. 'm not alone.
     
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  6. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    15" or 17", the 13" doesn't exist for that year.

    This happened to my professor at college, though he was ridiculously hard on his computers. Your best bet is to either replace the bezel or attempt to glue it with that body filler. Theoretically, you could get it welded but that wouldn't work very well. ;)
     
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    On this model, there is about a 1/2 millimeter room between the bezel and the body when the screen is closed. You could glue it again, and then either use some very strong tape, or better, a thin, long piece of metal, and glue it over the crack, 1/2-1 inch on each side. This should take the stress from the crack, and give more stability to the screen.
     
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    is the auto body filler better then epoxy?
    the epoxy seems to bonds strong, but the stress cracked it immediately.
    different glue with better flexibility.

    can you comment on the properties of the auto body filler ?

    i'm also considering gluing some metal srip over the spot to distribute the stress. the problem is to find the thin solid piece of metal to do this.
    ideas ? preferably something that looks decent, not a piece of cut-out tin :rolleyes:

    thanks.
     
  9. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    The bezel is easily replaced. It is not made of any high quality metal. I used a non-unibody MacBook Pro for 5 years (for work, lots of opening and closing, etc.) and have never had that problem. I've been an Apple tech for about the same period and have never seen one break like that.
     
  10. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    a thin (think coke can thin) piece of metal with epoxy to bind to the panel about 1/2" or better either side of the crack. Be sure to rough up the area between the metal and the bezel.

    It'll be unsightly, but it'll work. I'd put a piece of silver tape over the thing after all's dry.
     
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    this is what i did to fix - epoxy on both sides (2 small nails to reinforce on the inside, razor blade outside):

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  13. jazzysh macrumors newbie

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    fix for cracked bezel

    I used rubber cement and a small piece of aluminum (you can buy this in a roll at any home depot like store, typically used for roofing flashing) to reinforce the crack.

    The advantage of rubber cement is that it is a little flexible which distributes the strain. Just be sure to read the direction on the rubber cement, it is not applied like glue.

    Running on 6 months without issue or worsening.
     

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  14. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! Fantastic job at repairing something I wouldn't have a clue on where to begin.

    Bravo.......job well done.
     
  15. bnishii macrumors newbie

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    Thank you @jazzysh - great fix!

    Thank you @jazzysh for your post on how to fix this problem. This was the second time a MBP's bezel cracked on me and this time I thought I would try and fix it following your post and picture. I found that the corner threaded pieces inside the outer lid casing which receives the lower corner screws also had come loose, so I also applied some rubber cement to them which seemed to help the overall hold. While I had everything disassembled, I also doused the hinges with some WD40, which eased the tension of the lid opening and closing. It's only been a week, but I'm very happy with the mend. I pray it holds for a good while longer.
     

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  16. AstoriaRog macrumors newbie

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    Banishing bezel blues

    After lots of searching I finally found this thread and it's the one that actually helped. Thanks for the creative fix ideas.
    I have a beloved pre-unibody 2008 MacBook Pro and this year those dreaded cracks developed in the bezel - all the way through on the left side and part way on the right.
    My wrinkle on your fix was to epoxy dimes over the cracks. That seems to have firmed things up and solved the problem, but of course time will tell. Be very careful if you try this because there is barely enough space to accommodate the dimes when you close the lid.
    My first thought was to use single edge razor blades but I wondered what airport security would make of that.
    Anyway, thanks for the good ideas. I'm attaching two photos of my repair.
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    right side.jpg
     
  17. tayloraldrich macrumors newbie

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    Mac Book Pro 15'' Bezel Fix

    I have a MBP 15'' and the left and right corners of the screen have been cracked for at least a year or 2. The bottom part of the screen was coming detached even further so I finally decided to fix it.

    Step 1: First, I used super glue to carefully glue all the parts of the screen that were coming unglued. This helped align the cracked corners and held them in place.

    Step 2: I then cut two thin strips of metal, hammered and rolled them flat.

    Sept 3: Scour the corners of the screen with a file/sandpaper and the two strips of metal you cut to size.

    Step 4: Next, I used Guerrilla Epoxy and clamped the strips of metal on.
    Step 5: Let it dry, clean up with final finish steel wool, and wipe clean.

    Looks good and strong hold.

    Good Luck.
     

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