Can you Wax a Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Karnifax, May 1, 2007.

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Is it a good idea to wax your Macbook Pro?

  1. Yes, I have waxed or seen one waxed and it protects it.

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  2. Yes, I have herd of them waxed before but not seen one myself.

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  3. I dont know what wax might do to the finish on the Macbook pro

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  4. No, I have waxed or seen one waxed and it is a BAD idea.

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  1. Karnifax macrumors newbie

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    My 15" Macbook pro is great, but I am a extremely picky person and clean it quite frequently as I do my truck. I was wanting to know if you can put an automotive wax/quick-wax on a Macbook Pro. It seems that the finish on them is a Powder Coat that does not have a polyurethane on it (why its not super shiny) I have some Turtle Wax Ice Liquid wax, or Black Magic liquid spray wax that I could spray onto a rag, apply, and buff off...would this potentially hurt the finish? I really do not want to do something to hurt this beautiful machine, I just think that wax may just improve the finish and protect it like it does my truck.
     
  2. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    That actually comes across as a really cool idea. I know nothing about waxing, so I can't comment on whether or not it would be safe, but if it is, you ought to post pics when you're done. :)
     
  3. johnee macrumors 6502a

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    can't comment on any physical issues with doing it, but I would have an issue with the surface being so slick. might slip out of your hands. :eek:
     
  4. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    I always thought wax was for more polished surfaces than that of a MacBook. But I'm no chemist, so I don't know if there are any potential issues... I'd be worried about the speaker grilles on the top-case. Actually, waxing the top case at all with the keyboard, trackpad, trackpad button, and power button there would probably be exciting, to say the least. Were you thinking just the outside, or the inside too?
     
  5. faintember macrumors 65816

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    Well, handling the MBP would be one thing, but any wax residue could make using the keyboard and trackpad difficult. Not to mention the "wax dandruff" you sometimes get when buffing could get inside the case.
     
  6. Karnifax thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes this is true, and its the same on cars as well. However, the issue is no longer an "issue" because these particular waxes leave no residue and are clear when they go on, and clear when they dry, thats why I love them. I was not planning on waxing the keyboard or the trackpad.

    I was planning on waxing the entire outside and areas on the inside like the screen border and palm rests. I was planning on, if I decide to, wax the speaker grill very carefully with a tiny bit of wax. Remember this is a liquid wax and when applied to the rag instead of the surface will distribute without dripping. There is also a protective film underneath the speaker slots to prevent dust and such from getting inside the case. I do not plan on applying wax to the keys (as they are plastic) or the trackpad because it specifically says in the manual to be very careful when even cleaning the trackpad (to use only a light amount of water).
     
  7. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    And all the ports on the side... yeah, I'd say it's probably not a good idea on something like a computer.
     
  8. Karnifax thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The macbook is a polished surface, that's why it is shiny. The macbook is painted with a polyurethane coat on it. Wax would be great on such a surface. My question was for the Macbook Pro's powder-coat surface.

    I would never risk waxing ports or around the ports to clarify. Only open areas and palm rests. top and Bottom would definitely be candidates.
     
  9. galstaph macrumors 6502a

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    Asked a simular question to my local mac guys.
    Apparently you can wax a nano and other ipods. You can take the same wax and use it on SOME parts of your mac.
    He recommended Meguiares plastic car polish
     
  10. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Since you're going to be (presumably) handling the MBP a lot, won't it smear the wax? (I don't know anything about the specific wax you're using).
     
  11. faintember macrumors 65816

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    Guess I am oldschool and still use carnauba wax. And I know you weren't planning on waxing the keyboard/trackpad, but you will by default; wax gets on your hands, your hands touch the keyboard/trackpad, computer gets warm and bam, you have wax in places wax shouldn't be.

    I just don't see a reason to do this. You negate some surface scratches possibly at the cost of your MBP.
     
  12. Karnifax thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Carnauba wax is still probably the best protection you can use for your car, but it is a long process, and I use "quick wax" on my truck after every wash to keep the finish nice, and about every 6 months I do a full hazing wax. This is a synthetic wax and I would never worry about it getting hot and "melting" and in turn me putting it on other places it shouldn't be. I live in Texas and I know that the metal on my car easily reaches temperatures equal and hotter than the Macbook pro does.
     
  13. The General macrumors 601

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    Maybe you should get an iPod shuffle and try it on their first. Same finish, way cheaper if you mess it all up. :)
     
  14. faintember macrumors 65816

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    Ok, I'll clarify my thoughts:

    Can you wax a MBP? Yes

    Should you wax a MBP? No

    No offense, but it seems like you have already made up your mind about the matter and you are just looking for someone to agree with you. Good luck either way.
     
  15. Karnifax thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh non taken at all, I know that all of us just want what is best for our apple products. I do agree that I am looking for someone who has done it and can tell me what the results were...but I am in no rush to wax it for the reason you stated...I don't want some 10 dollar wax to cost me a macbook pro.
     
  16. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting idea. Post pics if you get it done.

    I would try just waxing the underside of the computer so see how it comes out, or just the metal on the battery, if it looks good then you're good to go wax the whole thing.
     
  17. abcfob macrumors newbie

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    As long as you take care not to get wax into the vents, or ports, It probably wont hurt it.

    Now, if you like to hold your mbp in one hand under your arm, and the thing just flys out of your hand, because its too slick, then don't come complaining. At least not without pics :D
     

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