Bottom of MM 2018 got scratches

avxkim

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It just sitting on the desk, moved it a few times over the desk, and it got scratches. Did someone experienced this?
 

WilliamG

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It just sitting on the desk, moved it a few times over the desk, and it got scratches. Did someone experienced this?

You referring to the plastic plate at the bottom? Then yes, unless you put pads on it immediately, it will scratch if you move the mini really at all.
 

avxkim

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You referring to the plastic plate at the bottom? Then yes, unless you put pads on it immediately, it will scratch if you move the mini really at all.

Yes the plastic plate with the logo "Mac mini". So you've scratched yours too? I thought someone just scratched it, lol. It's very gentle plastic then?
 

DeltaMac

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Yes, that plastic cover is just soft plastic. I have had three different minis over the years, and it always sits on a cut-to-fit pad of some of that textured shelf paper. I use that kind of pad for a lot of uses. It's one of my fave household hints...
 
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avxkim

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does it really matter how many scrathes are on the bottom cover??

It's not, indeed, just aesthetics. I'll leave it as is, i already was looking for a new bottom cover, lol, that's dumb then, if new will be scratched too.
 

avxkim

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Except that a prospective purchaser will see scratches on the bottom of your mini. I wonder what Apple charges for a replacement bottom cover :)
i just saw on ebay, deals arounds ~$40 for 2014 model. 40 bucks for a cheap plastic. Have you scratched your either?
 
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Fishrrman

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There may, or may not be, scratches on the bottom plate of my 2012 Mini.

But... I haven't picked it up to look at the bottom in... years!
 

CAScading

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Good time, to check it out

OWC has scratch removers


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Dr. Stealth

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I always stick adhesive rubber feet on my computers when brand new. Did the same with my 2018 Mini.

I think it may actually improve airflow a bit as it raised it up about 1/4".

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russell_314

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My 2018 model has scratches on the bottom as well! Should I get it replaced? Is that normal?
It's plastic so if it's slid across a hard surface it's likely to get scratches. I guess you can set it on a mat or even a washcloth. Should you get it replaced? Well if you knowing that there are scratches that no one can see bothers you then yes. I don't think it's that expensive.
 

D.T.

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Weird. I had two 2012 models, for years, the bottoms didn't have any scratches when I sold them, but I never slid them around, and heck, I even used one as a "mobile workstation" and it stayed mint.

Maybe the new bottom material is Scratchtoniumor people have desks made out of sandpaper :D

I always stick adhesive rubber feet on my computers when brand new. Did the same with my 2018 Mini.

LRF solve so many problems, one of this centuries great inventions - I scored these like 3 years ago, 144 for ~$7, still haven't used them all (and I've used quite a few), still super sticky:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005S1TJLC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

dwfaust

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It's not, indeed, just aesthetics. I'll leave it as is, i already was looking for a new bottom cover, lol, that's dumb then, if new will be scratched too.

So, do you set you MM on the desk upside down so you can see the soft plastic bottom? I don't get it... it's the underbelly of a desktop computer... what am I missing here?
 
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