Be careful with your space gray finish

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by itsamacthing, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. itsamacthing macrumors 6502a

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    Loving my 2017 MacBook Pro..but my Apple keyboard brushed up against the back of the body and now there is this super small scratch that is hard to see, but it sparkles... bummed. Any way to touch that up?
     
  2. itsamacthing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    looking all over the web for some sorta of touch up paint.. and there is NONE lol. Someone make me wrong please..
     
  3. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a

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    It's anodized, not painted. So it's not rly something that's easy to "touch up."

    This is very personal and cold comfort if you're not into the aesthetic, but I happen to love the way the grey looks once it's banged up. I love that about grey iPhones. Feels so much more powerful when it's obviously withstood a bunch of drops and bangs haha.

    But yeah bummer if you want to preserve that "new" look. But this is the story of luxury & professional consumer products. They wear over time!
     
  4. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    Get a skin?

    Me, I use slim line cases. I sell my units in 2-3 years and always get top price because they look factory fresh.
     
  5. mydogeatsbeats macrumors member

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    Yes look at the sides of your mac. Mine is a month old and you can See heavy scrathing only by picking up and puttig down the laptop. :( ... Thats life we will survive it!
     
  6. alphaswift macrumors member

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    MBPs are so expensive and they will retain resale value if you take care of it. Put a wrap or skin on it.
     
  7. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail, Jul 5, 2017
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    WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a

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    Really? Heavy scratches from merely picking it up and putting it down? Because I have had mine since last December, using it for business regularly, including travel and it's almost pristine.

    Can you show us some photos?
     
  8. mydogeatsbeats macrumors member

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    my iPhone 7 doesn't get it sharp. I don't bother that much, but everybody should notice that this material is very soft and the finish of the space grey comes off quickly... especially if you are not very very very careful putting down your laptop
     
  9. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

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    It's life. Physical object wear and tear. Don't obsess over it and you will be happier.

    ... or use a case that will make your MacBook bigger and uglier just to "know" that twice every year you will remove it just to look at how "perfect" it still is.
     
  10. Porkchop Sandwich macrumors member

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    The space gray finish is no more susceptible to scratching than the silver, or any other Apple color is.

    I can also attest to the fact that the finish does not suffer wear due to mere handling such as picking up and setting down. That is pure nonsense and is just the sort of bs that gets spoiled children's britches in a twist over...nothing.
     
  11. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    I don't think so. None of my MacBooks have ever gotten scratches from picking them up and putting them down, unless your skin is made of steel wool. My wife's 2016 13" Pro has not a single scratch on it anywhere, and she hauls it around everywhere. I'm just saying...
     
  12. EugW macrumors 68000

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    However, scratches on the Space Gray are much more obvious to see. It's much harder to see the scratches in the silver unless you're specifically looking for them.

    A scratch on a silver MBP is silver. A scratch on a grey MBP is silver. Obviously, the latter is easier to see.
     
  13. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

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    a scratch on a silver MBP is a much darker grey. a scratch on a grey MBP is also a much darker grey. You can see both.
     
  14. NBAasDOGG macrumors regular

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    Just bring it back within 14 days and purchase a new one!
    It's abviously not very kind to do so, but for sure it's not illegal :p
     
  15. FineFuturity, Jul 5, 2017
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    Yeah, on mine, there's this nice little speck just above where the F2 key is. When I first saw it, I tried my best to wipe it down, and even tried to buff it out a little bit to make it go away -- no success, sadly. I'm kinda bummed, too, because I can't think of what caused this little ding, and I could have sworn it wasn't there when I first bought the machine.

    Ended up buying a skin to cover it up, as well as to protect the rest of the chassis. Sucks, but it is what it is, I guess.
     
  16. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a

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    covers are awful. why pay so much for a machine if you're going to cover up the gorgeous design with cheap ugly plastic?

    it reduces the value so much. plus makes em thicker and heavier.
     
  17. Macshroomer macrumors 65816

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    Wish I would have seen this before I ordered my space grey...it did not even dawn on me it is anodized. I don't baby these tools or use skins and crap so I don't know how this is going to hold up.
     
  18. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 65816

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    They hold up well and it's a decent anodisation on there, not like a cheap paint job, the chemical structure of the surface is coated and works in the same way as a stainless steel spoon not rusting when eating soup. It's the same as the silver really, just if you put a deep scratch in the silver you probably wouldn't notice it as much as the darker colours.

    There is no paint you can use, and any repair job will make it look worse. Only option is to fill the area with a weld (Aluminium welding...), sand down the area then the entire top case, and have it re-anodised. Now obviously that'll cost a fortune and probably would still show signs of damage, so realistically it's leave it alone and live with it or have the entire top-case replaced.
     
  19. killawat, Jul 5, 2017
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    Agree on skins. Hard shells are where it's at. Clip on when you are out and about, pop off when it's safe on your desk (or 24/7) like me.
     
  20. mydogeatsbeats macrumors member

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    no case or skin for me! Lets face it as it is: We age and our devices with us ;)
     
  21. rodneymak macrumors newbie

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    My MacBook Pro w/ TB 2017 accidentally fell on ground, got a heavy dent on a corner at the bottom (it was in a protective sleeve!). Sadly, a 5cm long crack is seen on the screen as well...

    I'm travelling, not returning home soon. Would like to know if Apple Care covers any hardware cost (the screen) in this case?

    I'm bad, so concerned about its aesthetic. May I know if I can get the space grey case replaced at Apple at my cost?

    Thanks!
     
  22. FineFuturity macrumors member

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    From the AppleCare+ for Mac page:

    So long as you have AppleCare+ on your MacBook, you should be able to get it repaired for the fees listed above. Since you have both a cracked screen and external enclosure damage, the Genius Bar rep might consider the cracked screen and dent as isolated incidents, thereby using up your accidental coverage. But this is at the rep's discretion, of course, so definitely take it in and see what they tell you. And who knows? You might get lucky and they'll cut you a break.
     
  23. rodneymak macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply!
    The Apple Care plan available in my home town isn't Apple Care+
    I perceive that I have to pay full cost for the screen repair...
     
  24. FineFuturity macrumors member

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    Mm, damn. You'll be at the mercy of the reps, then. Let's hope they cut you a break somewhere. :(
     
  25. macintoshmac macrumors 68000

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    The only fix here is for the OCD, and please do not get me wrong. I am just being light hearted as well as serious. It happened. Hurts the ego more than anything, so move on and use the time elsewhere than shop for a touchup fix. Enjoy the computer, it is a fantastic machine, more than what the whine brigade has made it to be, of late.
     

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