Black stain on new unibody MBP !! Not a dent/scratch, but can't get it off

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mgpg89, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    The pictures speak for themselves.

    My machine's a week old, taken care of like it's my own baby.
    Always in a neoprene sleeve (incase) etc ...

    Today I noticed these 2 black stains on the top of the casing. Can't get them off there.
    When I touch the surface (with my finger or even scratch it gently with my fingernail) there is no difference in texture and I can't seem to get it off there by cleaning ... Is this a stain under the final layer of finish?

    Anyone experienced anything similar?
    I'll call Applecare first thing in the morning and demand to get it fixed.
    I didn't pay 2500€ for a machine to start showing random black stains on the casing after over-protective usage.

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  2. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    Looks like your Mac had a run-in with a black sharpie. Good luck with getting Apple to repair/replace it.
  3. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    Are you sure? I'm almost positive that couldn't have been the case, but it sure looks like it ...

    You think there's any way of getting this stain off then?
  4. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    Update: I'm even more sure now that this is not sharpie / permanent marker.
    I tried every method of removing permanent marker off any surface and they all don't work.

    I even got my MBP in the mail with the same kind of stain near the latch on the side of the machine ... it's a bit more greyish than the ones on the top, but I'm quite sure it's the same kind of stain.

    Any thoughts?

    Call me obsessive, but I'm really going crazy over this.
  5. dissdnt macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    Try a magic eraser maybe if it's really some sort of stain and not a burn etc.

    My cat used to crawl ontop of mine and leave god knows what that i thought were perm stains or scratches.. and it rubbed right off
  6. JWest macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    I know isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol) will remove permanent marker, but I'm not sure how safe it is on the anodized coating. You could give it a shot though. I'm not positive about the where the easiest place to get it is, but I know they include small bottles of it with the circuit board etching kits at RadioShack.
  7. SundayMacUser macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2008
    isopropyl alcohol will be fine on your MacBook. Be careful to avoid any caustic cleaners on anodizing, that kind of thing will certainly damage the finish. My suggestion would be to test anything in an inconspicuous area first!
  8. anth macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    Isopropanol (or 2-propanol) is rubbing alcohol. It should be about a buck for 250 ml at your drugstore.
  9. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    Aluminum oxidizes a dark gray color. Could the anodization have work off possibly?
  10. tbae12 macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2008
    maybe your "aluminum" macbook is actually made out of silver!
  11. anth macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    :Looking at oxidized bare aluminum scuba tank in the corner...:

    I think that's much too dark to be oxidation.
  12. mobi macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2004
    Penn's Woods
    Take it to a skin specialist and have them laser the blemish off.
  13. Low macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2003

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