Carbon Fiber Skin for 2011 MBP?

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  1. LarryJoe33 macrumors 6502a

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    Any recommendations on where to buy this for an older unibody?
     
  2. treimche macrumors member

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    Have you tried icarbons.com? Not sure how far back they go, but I've had their skin on my 2012 MBP since new and its been perfect.
     
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    I had a few brands and was not satisfied with them until I purchased one from a no-name seller on Amazon that claimed to use genuine 3M di-noc. The di-noc actually has texture to it and the classic colored CF di noc looked very real...especially after I put a clear plastic case over the MBP with the di noc vinyl to give it that glossy appearance that finished CF has. I checked and the product I bought is no longer for sale, but my guess is you can find others on places like Etsy.

    Bonus point if you are a CF junkie...check out the Grip6 CF belt. It is the coolest thing I've purchased all year!
     
  4. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the recommendations. Just looking for something cool to make my old MBP look a little different and maybe hide some scratches. I went with iCarbon. After much procrastination, I only purchased the top. Is this what most people generally do? I felt the inside keyboard/trackpad was over kill and probably would be tough to put on straight and will look crappy. The bottom, well it's the bottom.
     
  5. treimche macrumors member

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    I did top and bottom. After 5 years of use, I have marks around the ports and edges of the laptop. In hindsight I kind of wish I would have done the side skin also. Looks like they're doing a 25% off (with code NEW) plus free side skin this weekend.
     
  6. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool, I re-ordered the Top and Bottom with free sides. At least I have the option of doing the bottom and sides. I know I definitely don't want the inside done. Mine is pretty banged up so just looking for a fresh look. Hope it's good quality and doesn't look cheap.
     
  7. treimche macrumors member

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    The quality is great. I've had it on mine for over 5 years. Laptop goes with me to work every day, has been to a couple other countries, indoor, outdoor, etc. It has done its job very well.
     
  8. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    IMG_1884.jpg IMG_1885.jpg IMG_1886.jpg IMG_1887.jpg Great call on iCarbon. I couldn’t be happier. Feels like I got a new MacBook. I did the front, sides and back. Contemplating the keyboard? I didn’t think I would do the sides (or the keyboard) but it’s great quality. I thought for sure I was going to hate the sides.

    Thanks for pointing me to this.
     
  9. treimche macrumors member

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    You're welcome! I never did install the keyboard piece on mine. Really wished I did the sides on it though as they are dinged up a bit. It will be interesting to see if the sides stay on for a long time or if they peel up after some use.
     
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    If it is any consolation, (not sure if my pics show) the sides don't cover the ports where you said you got some scratches over the years. They do protect the corners. I can see why they throw them in for free. Its a bunch of small pieces vs. a few really long ones. They do protect the corners. I have a pretty good dent on a corner and it's nice to see it covered up. You should know the sides cover the breathe light. I can live with that.

    I'll think about the keyboard, it may be too much. I should have just ordered the complete kit and checked it out and/or removed it after if I hated it. I watched some youtube install videos and some had a red Apple stickers which created a silhouette. Wish I had that.
     

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