Avoiding space gray discolouration by choosing silver ?

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  1. macaron95 macrumors regular

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    hi

    I am about to buy a new MBP and before investing €2000+ i wanted to make sure that Silver color never had the same issue as the Space Gray color (discolouration each side of palmrest).

    I used to buy Space Gray products and never tried Silver before.

    If Silver is safe i’il go for it

    I would be upset and frustrated to spend so much money into a Mac that would have this kind of cosmetic issue on a few months...


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  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    I haven't heard of the issue on the space grey models, but I can say that the previous generations of silver didn't exhibit this issue at least
     
  3. GoofyCyborg macrumors regular

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    Seriously? You're thinking of buying a MacBook Pro and more concerned about some discolouration each side of palmrest rather than a keyboard that will probably only last you a year or so, flexgate, staingate etc? My keyboard on my 2018 MacBook pro already has an issue with the caps lock and is only five or six weeks old lol
     
  4. tkukoc macrumors 65816

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    I haven't had this issue with my Macbook Pro 2016. No discoloration at all. I suppose if you lay your palms flat and use lotions or other creams on your hands multiple times a day there might be a slight color change or staining after a long period of time. But daily use.. I can't see it. I use mine most of the day for programming, haven't seen any color problems. If you are worried about it, then yes I'd just go with the silver. Save yourself the trouble. :)
     
  5. rdowty macrumors 6502a

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    I've never seen or heard of the problem and wouldn't be dissuaded from getting a Space Gray model if that's what you prefer.
     
  6. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    No problems with the paint on my silver MacBook Pro.
     
  7. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502

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    Haven't seen it with my Space Gray devices yet. Including my iPhone 6+ I had for 3 years.

    If you have nightmare sweat chemistry like me though, you might feel safer with the silver. That said, I never got discolouration on my silver devices but I did manage to cause pitting on basically every single one of them. Magic mouse, MacBooks, the lot.

    It's the worlds lamest superpower. I am slightly-corrosive-man.
     
  8. SDColorado Contributor

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    There has been some discussion of it. Not sure what causes it. Perhaps just an individuals PH balance? ¯\_(⊙_ʖ⊙)_/¯
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8388000
     
  9. poorcody macrumors 6502a

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    Daily use of a silver 2016 MBP for about 27 months -- no discoloration. The silver has held up well. (No keyboard issues either.)
     
  10. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I have a 2017 MBP 13' Space Grey. I love it. No discoloration on my wrist wrests. My wife has the 2017 MBP silver and she spends many many many hours on hers every day - no discoloration on hers either. Loving the space grey.
     
  11. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

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    I had a space grey 15 and it showed smudges and the track pad became smudged. Had to regularly alcohol wipe it down.

    Picked up the 13 quad core in silver. Silver stays way cleaner looking.

    The other weird thing, I just do my work and forget there is only 8 GB RAM. This machine just chugs on. very snappy.
     
  12. vaugha macrumors 6502

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    If you want to be extra cautious, get the silver. I've never seen anyone complaining about silver having discolouration issues. On the other hand, I've seen a few w/ space grey models having issues, the one you just described.

    My 2012 rmbp 15" which is on year 7 is still in pristine condition. You would not believe it is a 7-year-old computer when you look at it. Silver finish definitely triumphs when it comes to longevity imo.
     
  13. crawfish963 macrumors 6502a

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    Hard to get a good idea of how legitimate the OP's photo is in that thread. 1) He needs to take the picture without the screen on as it's backlit like a mofo. 2) He needs to use something better than the camera from an iPhone 3G.


    EDIT: Not your fault, of course.
     
  14. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    Was going to say, almost looks like a screen reflection - especially if there is a little hand grease there.
     
  15. SDColorado Contributor

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    There have been several threads on it here, Apple support and other forums. I have never had the issue myself, but for some, it does seem to happen. Not sure why, but it is really a *thing* for a few. I would just be guessing by saying it is a chemical reaction with some individuals and the anodization. I really have no idea :)

    Here are a few more...

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8059252
    https://www.reddit.com/r/macbookpro/comments/78loim/macbook_pro_space_grey_discoloration/
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/space-grey-macbook-pro-owners-discolouration.2071299/

    On the other hand, my old Space Grey 2016 model (now my wife's) has yellowed over time as a whole compared to my 2018. We get some very intense sun at times and I think maybe UV is responsible? Hard to say, but it definitely looks yellowed by comparison.
     
  16. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a

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    Get the color you want, I was on the same boat before getting my tb mbp in space grey... After 12 months no regrets at all.
     
  17. jerryk macrumors 601

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    I got tired of silver so got a space gray 15" MPB last summer. So far no issues with discoloration.
     
  18. Porkchop Sandwich macrumors regular

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    Anodize is a chemical reaction. There is no coating to wear because the coloration becomes part of the base metal. Anodize, for Space Gray, has a dye added to the bath. Silver simply has no dye added to the bath, and therefore does not alter the color of the base metal. Both are anodized just like the other. Get what you prefer. For me, it's silver all the way.
     
  19. SDColorado Contributor

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    So what does make it discolor for some people? I don't think it is widespread by any means, but it does seem to happen to a small number of individuals. Some chemical balance in the skin/perspiration?
     
  20. Porkchop Sandwich macrumors regular

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    Likely a variance from batch to batch in the anodizing process. I can't recall which bath it is exactly, but if I recall correctly the first bath (in the line) is degrease and then chemical conversion..if one of those two is not executed properly, the (end product) anodize will end up with like a dust on its surface. Then, once it's dipped in the last bath, the surface will have some areas which did not receive an even conversion and will perhaps be susceptive to wear. But, it's only aesthetic, meaning, the actual conversion (anodize) is still intact. Also, there are indeed many people who have a naturally acidic touch through their hands and metallic surfaces should be wiped down following handling. Luckily for me, the Italian in me must secrete olive oil so I'm ok : )

    It's hard to say what the problem is for the people who've had an issue. Handling over time will begin to wear on the coloration of an anodized surface but, a computer shouldn't really be affected by that..who knows? Maybe a plating expert will chime in. I'm just a machinist by trade so while I'm familiar, I'm no expert. My guess is variances from lot to lot. Heck, I think even the amount of electricity running through the different baths or water hardness during the plating process would have an affect on the end product, aesthetically. Silver it is for me.
     

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