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Dent Removal in MacBook Pro Lid

xb2003

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Hi all,

Is it possible to separate the display panel from the lid on a 2016 MacBook Pro 15"? It looks like it can be done on the retinas, but I don't see anything that says one way or the other on the touch bars. I want to know if its possible to do this so that a large dint that's in the lid could be pushed out.

Thanks!
 

velocityg4

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Unlike older glass models. Removal of the screen is very difficult and requires a lot of heat. The LCD and glass are bonded together. You'd be removing the entire assembly from the aluminum. It also appears the LCD itself separates into layers. So, extreme care must be taken.

In other words. It's not worth the risk. If the dent really bothers you. Bondo it and repaint it.
 
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xb2003

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Well the issue is the dent pushes into the display panel and makes a white spot, which does bother me. Thanks for linking me to this. I'm still kind of curious though if it's the same for the touch bar models though, as that was pre TB.
 
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velocityg4

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Well the issue is the dent pushes into the display panel and makes a white spot, which does bother me. Thanks for linking me to this. I'm still kind of curious though if it's the same for the touch bar models though, as that was pre TB.

Looks pretty similar.

Edit: You might want to consider having one of these shops which do out of norm (non-authorized) repairs of Macs. Fix it for you. Such as the one in the video or The Rossmann Group in New York.
 
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x-evil-x

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I’d try a dent removal tool. Suction cup and pull. But be careful.
 
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Valdna

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A car body shop may be able to help you...
DIY solution would be to get a very very strong glue that can bond to metals.
Then glue a thick metal rod into the dent and start pulling...
 
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xb2003

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I thought about going to a paintless dent repair shop actually. I didn't know if they would be able to help. The dent is very small and deep. Almost looks like someone shot it with a pellet gun or something (I have no actual idea how it happened).

Anyways, thanks. Ill weigh the options and probably just live with it.
 
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Valdna

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I thought about going to a paintless dent repair shop actually. I didn't know if they would be able to help. The dent is very small and deep. Almost looks like someone shot it with a pellet gun or something (I have no actual idea how it happened).

Anyways, thanks. Ill weigh the options and probably just live with it.

Just got another stupid idea...
You can try to lessen the dent with heating it up and then taking an upside down can of compressed air and spraying it on the heated dent to cool it down rapidly.
If you are lucky it will pull back a little..
Aluminium has unfortunately no "metal memory" so this is going to be another shot in the dark
 
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Jar Jar Abrams

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You probably don’t have AppleCare+ or you wouldn’t be asking how to repair it, the + has come in handy for me with the Touch Bar model which I dropped a few months back, I had a similar deep small dent years back on the 2012 MacBook Pro retina and there was no AppleCare+ option then, I bought a suction dent remover thingy on amazon and fixed it a little and then put a gopro sticker on it, I didn’t have the white spot on screen though so that’s a bummer and I could see how that would annoying, hope you find a solution.
 
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xb2003

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I attached a couple of pictures. I just got a good deal on this thing buying it used, I have no idea how the damage happened.. Its a fine machine other than that, and in surprisingly good shape. Someone just had an accident.

But I had originally thought that the dent was still pushing on the LCD, causing the white spot similar to how if you apply pressure to the front of a monitor it will distort the colors and backlight. After closer observation, the backlight is bleeding through due to damage and not the pressure of the dent, so removing the dent wouldn't really accomplish anything aside from, well, no longer having a dent.

So I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm in college for Computer Engineering and do music on the side. Don't really do any visual-critical work, so other than the fact the spot bothers me, there is no real reason why I couldn't live with it. But a new lid is also *ONLY* $400, and for what I paid for this thing, I'd still be money ahead. The keyboard is still in good shape, the battery is low cycles, so I might as well keep it and enjoy it, even if the new 13" machines are faster!
 

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chabig

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I thought about going to a paintless dent repair shop actually. I didn't know if they would be able to help.
Generally they put tools behind the body panels to push the dents out from the back. That technique won't work on a computer.
 
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Just leave it. Eventually you will drop it, or the paint will get rubbed off from being in your backpack.

If it really bothers you put a sticker over it. If your in Computer Science you should know you can't write a good program until every inch of the lid of your computer is covered by a sticker. Go to some meetups or vendor events and start your collection.:p That naked lid screams I am not a "real" developer.:eek:
 
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xb2003

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Generally they put tools behind the body panels to push the dents out from the back. That technique won't work on a computer.

Generally this is how they do it, yes. But there are methods of doing it with suctions. However, I don't think they would work so well on this particular damage.

Just leave it. Eventually you will drop it, or the paint will get rubbed off from being in your backpack.


If it really bothers you put a sticker over it. If your in Computer Science you should know you can't write a good program until every inch of the lid of your computer is covered by a sticker. Go to some meetups or vendor events and start your collection.:p That naked lid screams I am not a "real" developer.:eek:

I know.. and I don't know that I chose the right program to go into, because if the quantity of stickers is proportional to developmental ability, I will be an unemployed dropout. :(
 
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chabig

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Speaking of stickers, putting a sticker over the dent would be the easy way to hide it.
 
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Just leave it. Eventually you will drop it, or the paint will get rubbed off from being in your backpack.

If it really bothers you put a sticker over it. If your in Computer Science you should know you can't write a good program until every inch of the lid of your computer is covered by a sticker. Go to some meetups or vendor events and start your collection.:p That naked lid screams I am not a "real" developer.:eek:

Interesting so it's like a hard hat. I recently discovered that it is not cool to show up to a construction site with a pristine hard had and no stickers on it. Not that it matters because I don't go to construction sites if I can help it.
 
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