BIG problem when cleaning MacBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tderemigis, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. tderemigis macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2006
    i have a little discoloration on my macbook, so i tried to use the non-acetone nail polish remover advice, and it went horribly wrong. i now have a streak about .5 inch wide at the biggest spot, and about 1.5 inches long, where it looks like i took the uppermost layer of the plastic off.

    i was cleaning this bc i wanted to put it on ebay. how much does this new streka hurt my chances?
    should i look into getting those foam palm rest pads? will that hurt my selling value much?

    or should i just abandon the selling idea, and keep it because nobody will want it?

    thanks in advanve for all your advice
  2. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    Being a big ebay buyer/seller, I would make sure if you are posting the item make sure it is clear that there are "cosmetic issues" however just say that they seem to be minor and don't hinder the performance of the laptop. It's all in the way you describe the item. It shouldn't be a big deal however next time, as they recommended on the apple website(i think), just use water.
  3. tderemigis thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2006
    I was told that I could expect between 750-900 for my MacBook before my cleaning mishap. How much does this hurt my resale value.

    I was planning on selling the mb to by an iMac, but am I better off keeping the mb and getting an external monitor now?
  4. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
    post a picture on the thread and let us see it.
  5. apinchofhope macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2007
    why on EARTH would you use nail polish remover to clean a computer? non-acetone or not! :confused:
  6. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    my brother is looking for a somewhat cheep :apple: laptop and he might be interested, let me know if you want to sell it.
  7. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    To be honest, I wouldn't expect $900 for it even if it was in perfect condition. The C2Ds in the refurb store starts at $850, has a full year of warranty and no trace of usage. If it was a CD I think $700-$750 would be more realistic without the cosmetic damage. However, if you have Applecare then the resale value would be higher. What's the specs of the mb? That might help us to judge how much it's worth.
  8. tderemigis thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2006
    not sure if i posted the picture correctly.
    heres the link anyways

    I appreciate all your thoughts.
    Here's my situation: I jsut got an iphone, and i still have an iBook G4, so i figured i would try to sell the MacBook, and get an iMac and apple tv. I wanted to make teh iMac my main media center and stream from it, and ive just never liked the idea of making my MacBook a desktop computer.

    Should I --keep the MB and just get a monitor (essentially making it a desktop), --try and get the top casing replaced by apple. ((any idea how much that would run)) and try to sell then, --or just cut my loses for being an idiot, and sell with the cosmetic damage?
  9. chris y. macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2006
    los angeles, ca
    Wow...that is pretty bad discoloration. Anyhow I believe apple was replacing the casing free of charge since the problem was getting all kinds of bad publicity when the macbooks were first released.

    I would try taking it in to the apple store to see what they say.
  10. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    ^ Not only is the discoloration bad, but dang.... that thing is dirty.

    If you can, clean it up a bit before selling. And not with nail polish remover. :rolleyes:

    I'd say that's at least a $100 hit to the selling price.
  11. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    Youre supposed to use Mr Clean Magic Eraser. That mark wont look nearly as bad after its clean, its just contrasting so much with the incredibly dirty plastic.
  12. tderemigis thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2006
    i tried the mr clean magic eraser, but it wouldnt do anything noticeable, so i continued to look around the internet and people were saying non-acetone. oh well live and learn.

    I guess i should goto apple and see what they say about replacing the casing.
  13. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    If you can get it fixed under $150 it might be worth a shot, otherwise just sell it as it is. Either way, sell it. You'd have to at some point in the future anyway. In a few years, you would buy an iMac anyway, so the money you'll spend on the iMac is definite. Except at that point, the mb would be next to worthless. So cut your losses, sell it, and get your dream setup. The money you get from the sale and from not having to buy a monitor will probably offset half the cost of a baseline 24'' :D.
  14. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    So what is the best stuff to use to clean the shell of a Macbook? I live in the UK and have never heard of that magic eraser stuff!

    I've noticed you can get a new top panel and keyboard for £100 or so, that will be my next step if I can't get rid of the dis-colouration.
  15. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    If the case has discolouration from normal uses, then Apple would replace it for you.
  16. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    Wow, that Macbook is filthy. What the hell did you do to it? It looks like my friend's remote after he smoked pot nonstop around it for a year.

    When I had an iBook, I just used iKlear.
  17. kwood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    In the Great White North.
    That MacBook looks like it was playing in the Sandbox. I have a Black MacBook and have used the white ones.... I don't understand how you can get it that filthy.
  18. TheBigS macrumors member

    May 26, 2007
    Ya im pretty sure all the pastic is still there, you just stripped off the layer of dirt and it looks too clean next to the rest of it :p
  19. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Get to the Apple Store right now and get them to replace the top case. They should do it for free as it is a known issue with the macbooks.

    Your mac will look brand new.
  20. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007

    3 words: Wash your hands

    wow...I have no clue how you can get a laptop that dirty
  21. sbluetruck macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2007
    Wisconsin der hey
    it kinda looks like it was in the toaster.....
  22. MacPossum macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2007
    How in the world did you manage to turn your MacBook that color? Did you literally wipe your hands in dirt before using your notebook? That stain is bad, but man, your notebook freaking dirty.
  23. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    that is what it looks like to me. but how did you get it that dirty?:eek:
  24. Annndy! macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2006
    Halethorpe, MD
    Seriously guys, I think we've established that it's dirty. :rolleyes:

    I use iKlear on my MBP and iPhone. Works like a charm, can be used on the screen and the rest of the casing as well.
  25. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    i actually had to go and check my laptop to see how dirty it is...i only have one mark that dark anywhere on my laptop, and that's about a square inch of 2B lead...seriously give your laptop a good clean

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