iBook G4 turned PURPLE! Help!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mrbrown, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. mrbrown macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2004
    Ozark, Missouri
    Hey everyone,
    my girlfriend has a white iBook G4 12" laptop. She also has purple sheets on her bed. She's washed the sheets repeatedly and they were not new at the time she got the iBook. Somehow, the laptop has turned purple on the edges (the same color as they the bed). We've tried stuff like 409 to get it off, but it just isn't coming off. You can't see the problem unless you put it in the right light or on a certain background (like all-white), but we want to fix the problem, as she's getting ready to sell it.

    Does anybody have any ideas so that this iBook isn't purple anymore
  2. jenniff macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2004
    Is Chicago, is not Chicago!
    Well, this is intended for scratches, but RadTech's Ice Creme ... possibly. That's what I thought of. If it removes scratches, I don't see why it wouldn't remove ... purple. hehehe. Sorry, that's just funny.

    I know it features use for iPods, but if you read the print under features it says:
    Enough to restore several iPods, or 1-3 iBooks.​

    Anybody else think this will/won't work?
  3. Ajmbc macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2003
    I think it will seal in the purple in a smooth, scratch-free finish :D
  4. jenniff macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2004
    Is Chicago, is not Chicago!
    Alright, I guess I'm dumb and don't realize how this stuff really works, having not actually used it before, nor ever actually thinking about it.

    And after what you just said, I think I get it now. And I feel dumb. Retract previous post.

    <open mouth>
    <insert foot>​
  5. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
    Brasso maybe?? have you tried rubbing it with alcohol? or whatever substance the dye on the sheets is bassed on??
  6. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Jun 26, 2004
    I live in a giant bucket!
    Hell sell it as a purple ibook on Ebay and see how many people bid! :cool:
  7. Jalexster macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2004
    Try Dove wipes, I'm not sure what name it is, but it's a yellow packet. Should be in the place with all the baby products in a supermarket. It removes paint, pen marks, permanent marker, makeup, etc... so it will probably remove a little purple.

    And I don't know why it is so strong, for a baby product.
  8. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    There's a great product called Mr. Clean Magic Eraser that I use faithfully. It has worked nicely to spiffy up my iPod.
  9. Maxicek macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2004
    If it is on the surface, try Brasso or Silvo (assuming that they have that in the US. It is a liquid cream coloured metal polish, smells of amonia). It's mildly abrasive, great for polishing plastics. BTW, you can use it to restore scratched CDs too.

    From my plastics experience, my guess is that the plasticisers in the PolyCarbonate casing have leeched the dye out of the sheets, and the dye is in the plastic. The iBook is a clear polycarb moulding, painted on the inside, I think. If this is the case, I don't think that you can do anything.
  10. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    i would say use some methalated spirit but thats purple too :rolleyes:

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