Disappointed after using wrapsol ( need alternative )

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by fireworksdesign, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. fireworksdesign macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    I bought wrapsol for my macbook air 13 last week from their store, it arrived like in 5 days ( not from us ) Paid like 65 usd even with the discount promo and a whopping 45 usd for the custom taxes ( i know insane )

    So i opened the box, checked all pieces and I'm pretty sure the top part , was not cut well in all edges, bottom part where the 4 circle rubbers appear and wrist pad was somewhat stretched. Take note I didn't remove them yet. So i started installing the top,bottom,wrist pad and finally the trackpad.

    I was very disappointed, I admit it was both my mistake, and wrapsol. Wrapsol for providing misaligned pieces and myself for not installing them properly. But even if i did, it wouldn't look as good as shown in youtube videos and pics here in the forum. Emailed them but I got no reply yet, but anyways I doubt they would send a replacement halfway around the world and pay for the shipping + customs tax.

    I have two options for an alternative, the invisible shield by zagg and the speck13 see thru case. For the shield , do you think all parts will be covered well ? We have a kiosk here that can install it for free, but Im worried it won't be fully protected or some parts may not be cut well even with professional installation.

    For the spec case, love how it looks, but people say dust and other tiny items can go inside the case and scratch it? Or in some areas, it may crack especially near the clips
  2. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Be advised....none of these types of products cover edge to edge (if you were expecting that).
  3. fireworksdesign thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    yes i know that, but the keyboard & bottom area is way off even before application. its like it wasn't cut for the air ( not talking bout the edges )
  4. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    We have used Best Skins Ever for years on all our Mac laptops. Never disappointed. If any part was a problem they immediately sent us a new one.
  5. fireworksdesign thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    I'm only limited with 2 options.

    Speck , order it from the apple store.

    Invisible shield - we have a kiosk here and they can install it for me.
  6. qwerf123 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    Invisible shield it the best clear skins. Also Zagg, give the lifetime warranty which is also useful for when replacements are needed or the Mac has to go into repair.

    Or if you don't mind it not being clear, iCarbons are also awesome!
  7. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    I would not put a wrapsol or zagg on my machine to save my life - or for that matter, any wet application. There are dry ones that work much better - icarbons if you like a CF look or power support for clear...
  8. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    I've also had good luck with invisishield. Always apply them myself with no problems.

    Wrapsol quality sucks, tried them once.
  9. fireworksdesign thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    would want to try other products but i want to try whats only available here, speck or zagg, other products can be shipped but don't wan't the unforeseen shipping costs.

    For zagg, when you remove the film lets say after 2 years or more , does it leave a mark on the air?
  10. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    I have never, and will never use these types of product, if wanted my notebook to feel like plastic I would just go to HP. I have never had a problem with excessive scratching or marking with any of the aluminium cased Mac`s I have owned, the surface finish is durable by design and stands up to regular use extremely well.

    All these "shields/covers" are no doubt a great secondary market, however in my experience completely unnecessary, just truthfully answer this simple question on buying a fully loaded BMW, would your first stop be to buy nylon seat covers to protect the leather ;) I think not, enjoy your Mac as it was designed to be. The touch and feel are all part the experience that differentiates Apple from the average plastic PC :apple:
  11. hidefguy macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2009
    But some BMW owners do buy the clear bra to protect from rock chips:rolleyes:
  12. JulesK macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2002
    Wrapsol over Zagg

    Before going for the Zagg product, feel it because it definitely has a different (grippier) texture than the Wrapsol, which I have on my MBA and think has the perfect texture for such a large skin. Take a look, too, because it has a ton more orange peel texture than Wrapsol (which has none).

    I really love the Wrapsol skin, but I got it primarily to give the MBA a bit more grip. I've had three Aluminum MBPs over the years, none with skins, and all looked brand new after years of use with a little bit of cleaning. (I did put palm rest covers on them, because I liked the texture.) So as far the aluminum laptops needing protection, I think skins are unnecessary. Plus, I don't care what either company says, the protection from a drop is zero.

    So if you want protection, get a case or a good bag.

    For what it is worth, learning to install a wet-application skin with pieces as large as what you'd need for the MBA 13 probably is about as challenging as it gets. Doing it right takes a ton of patience and care, and very liberal use of the soap spray, particularly on your fingers. The Wrapsol was much easier to install for me than the Zagg products, even though the pieces were much larger, but that could have been because this was the first time I had installed a skin on a metal surface (v. glass or plastic). Regardless, they all peel eventually, and given the customs in your country, probably are not the way to go.
  13. fireworksdesign thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    So if you want protection, get a case or a good bag. I have a good bag and its well protected , but when I take my air out you never know when you scratch it or something, do you recommend the speck case?
  14. JulesK macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2002
    If you REALLY care about scratches

    My experience is that the aluminum Apple laptops are pretty durable and wear well, so I wouldn't get get a case or install a skin for scratch protection only. I put on a skin on my MBA for extra grip. But, being anal in other areas, I fully appreciate that others may really care about no scratches, in which case by all means put on a case. Speck makes great products and has provided me with great customer service in the past, so I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of their products. And their "See Thru" cases do look very nice, although I haven't seen one in person. Looks to be a good option for what you want.
  15. fireworksdesign thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    my only issue with the speck case are the clips,if they get damaged during a fall or something (even with a sleeve + bg) or are they pretty durable? Need opinions of actual speck case owners here.
  16. Sgenea macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Mine looks absolutely perfect and most people can't tell that I have applied Wrapsol unless I told them I had. Probably something went wrong in the installation process?

    I'm using a tight fitting case too, had no problems of peeling or whatsoever. 1 month and still going strong. Bought with discount code too. :)
  17. fireworksdesign thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    the films were not cut right, in the bottom area, i noticed the holes were bigger, and especially in the wrist area, the place where theres a hole for the trackpad is way too big ( i havent even applied it yet )
  18. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Have you tried contacting wrapsol CS? I've had nothing but great experiences with my wrapsol (I have about 1mm around my trackpad, and 2mm on the rubber feet, all perfectly aligned - and the film stretches to dry virtually edge to edge over my MBA) and the one time my film came damaged in the mail from the heat, they sent a replacement immedietely. It's worth a shot to send them an email...
  19. weespeed macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2010
    Are you sure it's for the model Air that you have?
    I have the new 2011 13" AIR and the bestskinsever full guard fits perfect. It was for the 2010 but the chasis is the same. I think the older rev A,B,C are different.
    Also from what I've seen most skins will not cover the bezel and the keyboard area. They will cover the palm rest and the trackpad. They also will not go to the edge. If they did it could get caught on something and pull up.

    I have to say that BSE is a great company and have used them on my iphones, iPads, and my Air. They fit and are pretty good quality.
    Their customer service is great too. I stained my Air skin somehow, I sent BSE an email and within 2 days they sent me a new set free. So I highly recommend them if you can buy from them.
  20. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I've had several Aluminum MacBook Pros and always used them without any case, cover, or skin. I find the aluminum is very durable and stays nice looking.

    With just a bit of care, it really beats trying to cover up what is a very nice looking laptop.
  21. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I used Wrapsol and was very impressed with it (put it on my 2010 Air). I would contact them if I were you - part of what you get for the high price is another skin if your first one had problems or was cut wrong.

    Per your comments on fit, things like the holes for the legs on the bottom are supposed to have some space around them - they aren't supposed to fit perfectly around the holes. It's also very easy to accidently stretch the skin when applying it - I had that problem. But by all means contact them and see if they'll give you another skin.

    I can also highly recommend icarbons - I have that skin on my 2011 Air. It is great looking and very easy to apply.
  22. fireworksdesign thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011

    Yes Im sure its new model,. i read the comments too if they are compatible with the aug 2011 13 inch air, and they said yes.


    Yes I know theres supposed to be some small space especially on the bottom with the 4 rubber circles, but the palm area was cut wrong ( not by stretching ) even if i didn't remove the film from the white paper. I don't have options to get other films, like icarbons , and such. Im only limited to zagg or speck but if I decide to buy online ( im rather get a book2x) lol
  23. sprockett macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    dude, just email them and send it back. they will send u a brand new set no charge!

    There is a life time warranty. Even if you remove it (for servicing) and it gets un-sticky, they'll also help to replace it!

    I admit its not the easiest to apply, but if done properly, wrapsol rocks...
  24. fireworksdesign thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    send them back ? u mean sending them 35usd fedex + 50 usd on custom taxes again? Im not from the us.
  25. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Those custom fees are ridiculous - where are you again? It's hardly Wrapsol (or any other manufacturers) fault if you live somewhere they can't realistically ship to.

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