Dented my Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Caolan96, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Caolan96 macrumors regular

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    Okay guys/gals,

    Last night as I was lifting my MacBook pro off my bed to put it on my desk, I noticed a small dent in the lid, I have no idea how this happened as nothing has ever hit my mbp nor has it been dropped.

    So i mow you guys will say it builds character etc, but this will annoy me forever, seeing as it's only 7 months old, and it was absolutely immaculate up until now.

    It's only a small dent but its almost in the middle, and every time i go to pick it up i can see it perfectly clear, it's small, only 2 cm in diameter, but deep enough.

    Is there anyway at all i can fix this, or get someone to,
    As This will annoy me rightnup until i get a new one in 2 or so years, believe me it's happened before.


    I don't mind paying for the fix, as long as it's done right,


    Any help would be greatly appreciated, and i will post pics later, as I'm on my iPad.

    Thanks for reading, :[
     
  2. Caolan96 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Dude, I'm looking for help, not smart ass comments from people like yourself.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The fix will cost you about $800 (from Apple).

    My computer has 2 dings as well; I don't know where or how it was damaged, but it doesn't matter to me.
     
  4. turugara macrumors regular

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    I have a dent exactly like you described it. Apple wont warranty it period nor will homeowners insurance cover it unless it impedes the use of it. So... If the screen broke because of it homeowners insurance would cover it if you put your notebook under the plan.
     
  5. OllyW Moderator

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    How deep is the dent?
    Has the Aluminium creased and has the anodised surface finish cracked?

    If it is a shallow smooth dent with no surface damage you might be able to get it flattened out. You'll need to strip the lid down and remove the screen and knock it out from the rear.
     
  6. trondah macrumors 6502

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    Fix a dent in aluminum? Did you ever try to fix a dented Coke can? All I can say is get a Invisibleshield/Wrapsol and a sleeve for your next MBP.

    I know how annoying a scratch or dent can be. What I would do is sell it right away and buy a new one. You'll get a better price for a new MBP with a dent in it, than an old dented one. That's just me though, and I resell my MBP every year to get the latest :) My 2009 13" (2.53) had a small dent in it actually, sold it for the price of a new 2010 (2.4) MBP :D
     
  7. Caolan96 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Guys thanks for all the answers,

    It is a smooth dent with not surface damage, sort of like someone just stuck their thumb there and left an imprint If you know what I mean.

    I have contacted my computer expert (family friend), he has his own computer business and is amazing with computers, he said he'll strip down the lid and flatten it out,

    Glad to know other people know how annoying it is,



    Thanks :]
     
  8. OllyW Moderator

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    That's why I asked how deep it was and if there was any creasing or surface damage.

    I've flattened out a fair number small indentations in aluminium working in an engineering workshop for the last 30 years. :)

    Hope it goes well.
     
  9. Caolan96 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I I'll post before and after pics if all goes well, when its finished, which will probably be after the weekend.

    Thanks all.
     
  10. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    Could you use a process similar to paintless dent removal used on cars? I know aluminum isn't the same as sheet metal, but if you used smaller tools, it might work.
     
  11. Saurabh macrumors newbie

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    Just a thought.

    Try a small cube of dry ice and rub it on the dent. I know on cars it will cause it to pop out. Not sure the reaction the aluminum macbook. Be careful though, idk how the screen will react the the cold temperatures.

    Saurabh
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I had a dent like that on my MacBook Air a while back; I tried that approach. Only made things worse.
     
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    +1
     
  15. piwi macrumors regular

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    The aluminium on the uMBP is very soft and there isn't much you can do. Apart from getting a new enclosure from Apple. But you'd be better off getting a new Mac.
    Get something like a protechyourdevice cover so it doesn't happen again.
    Mine has small dents too especially on the edges. It sucks but what can you do.
     
  16. rockerbsbn macrumors newbie

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    that sucks bro...
    what you could do is get like, a speck/incase hard shell to cover it up
     
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  19. Caolan96 thread starter macrumors regular

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    As i mentioned before i have a family friend who runs his own computer repairs business, and he's one of the best around, so he's gonna take the screen apart,

    but if he cant fix it, and says it'll only make it worse,


    How much do you guys reckon i could get for it?
     
  20. Gomff macrumors 6502a

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    I mean this sincerely and I'm honestly trying to help:

    When you say to yourself "That's going to really annoy me" about something, then it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy and chances are that whatever it is, will really annoy you. It's a psychological phenomena and it's a problem that exists solely in your own mind. You can just as easily cultivate a "I don't care, the laptop works 100% as well now as before I noticed it" attitude and save yourself $800 or so.

    But if you really want to give Apple shareholders more money (including me BTW) then go ahead. personally, I think it would be better to use the machine for another year or two and put the $800 towards an upgrade after that.
     
  21. Caolan96 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That is a fair point, but theres no way in hell i'm paying apple more money,

    I'm seeing if my repairs guy can fix it , and if not, I may just sell it if i get the right price.
     
  22. piwi macrumors regular

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    Is the dent really that big? Do you realise how much money it will cost you to sell your brand new uMBP for a loss just after buying it and then getting the same exact one again from Apple? All of that for a dent? The new one will dent just like the old one. It may take a few weeks more but that's a fact: aluminium is light and soft.
     
  23. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    Don't let anyone take that thing apart man. you're playing with fire and if you take it to the store for service after that they can deny you for unauthorized repair if they can tell someone tampered with it.
    Just trying to save you time, headache and money. Live with the dent.
     
  24. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I was with you up until the last line. Sorry man, but that's just plain incorrect. I've had 3 Unibody Macbooks. 2 AIR's and 2 MBP's and a 17" Aluminum Powerbook and neither have ever gotten a dent. I have to work in the field daily so I take them with me and not once have any of them been dented. You make it sound like it's easy as denting a coke can and that's wrong.
     

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