Black Macbook - First scratch...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Superconductor, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. Superconductor macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2009
    Hey all,

    I've had my black Macbook for a while (one of the last models before they were discontinued) and it's been great.

    Though recently, like an idiot I dropped my beltbuckle onto the lid (near the Apple logo) and it made a very fine hair-like scratch. It's only noticable from certain angles, but it's bugging the hell out of me.

    As it is a matte finish, I doubt there is much I can do, but, here's a long shot: Is there anything I can do?

  2. macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009
    San Francisco
    Decoupage! That's what I did. I took small (2"X3") photos of vintage movie posters and decoupaged my Macbook after it got tons of scratches!

    I'm just kidding, don't decoupage your computer like me. You can try, but you may not want to try-- but you can try this. I work at an art gallery called One of a Kind in San Francisco. We sell delicate wooden vases and boxes. Sometimes the varnish gets scratched, and we have to rub out the scratches.

    To do this, we fill in the scratch with varnish. Then we take the softest grade steel wool to rub out the scratch. Then you have to go over it with a super soft cloth to make it even and shiny. And that's how you get rid of scratches.
  3. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...a sharpie marker may work for you (try at your own risk)...
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    I wouldn't fret about it.

    If the scratch is that fine/small you risk messing the thing up worse if you start playing around with it.
  5. tnisatard macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2008

    i would think the sharpie would make a distinct mark
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    #6 just depends on how matte or glossy your finish is... they work well on semi-glossy stuff (metal mostly - that I've used it on), just try it in an unseen place first if you decide to (OP)...
  7. KielderWolf macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2009
    Northeast England
    I've got plenty of hairline scratches all over my BlackBook, I like to think it makes it looks like I've actually been using it. If however you're truly fussed about it, I've heard that rubbing the gum from masking tape (not Sellotape, the gum is too sticky) into the crack then buffing it with a soft glass cloth can make them neigh on invisible except in the brightest direct light.

    Good luck, Wolf ∑:•p
  8. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    The sharpie & banging out with a hammer(for the grille) trick works excellently for a Sennheiser MD421 microphone, and awfully for a black macbook.

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