Invisible Shield for Macbook Pro 15" - 2016 Touchbar?

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  1. s4yunkim macrumors regular

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    Is it just me or is there no such thing as an invisible shield for the 2016 MBP 15" with touch bar?

    Anyone know of a place to get one? I'm looking for one to cover the back of the display and the bottom case...
     
  2. macjaffa macrumors member

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    yeah it sucks

    See my thread here : https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/zagg-invisible-shield-for-mbp-16-15.2039763/


    Short answer: Zagg no longer do them.

    Longer answer: Another company does them (BestSkinsEver) even has the same promo shots and blurb) but they are in the states so you need to have them shipped. I'm still waiting for mine. I'm going to guess that since you never posted where you were, you are american and so this shouldn't be a problem for you. I'm still waiting and I ordered on the 2nd April..... I need my MBP covered now dammit. every finger print makes me shudder lol.

    Bonus part 3: It seems there's a varied and easily obtainable product called 3M durabrand vinyl. Lods of places do it and there are a number of finishes and colours included. I already had used a zagg invisiheild and i really wanted the same again but I almost, almost bought this vinyl stuff instead.
     
  3. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    Haha. That's a funny comment. Are Americans just so America-centric or are you statistically basing this on likely MR members? I honestly have no idea what the makeup of this forum is as a whole, so I thought the comment was funny. (and so American to think this way)
     
  4. macjaffa macrumors member

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    Generally, yes.
     
  5. s4yunkim thread starter macrumors regular

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    Heh, I guess I should have mentioned that I live in the USA. I guess I didn't really care where the skin came from, though.

    I may go with the bestskinsever seeing as how they provide a matte option. :)

    Thank you for the suggestions!
     
  6. macjaffa macrumors member

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    Well it came and it is very good. . Turn the laptop into a grippy slightly soft, almost rubberised kind of feeling which is much better than the default wet salmon trying to escape feeling of the un skinned mac books.

    highly recommended, but why no part for the bit between touch bar and screen? seems like a bit of an omission, and I opted not to put the touch bar piece or the trackpad piece on. Seriously, on of the best things about the macs is the literally smooth as glass feeling of the track and touch areas. I just don't know why you would decide to ruin it by sticking slightly grippy material over the top and turn it in to a slightly rubberised trackpad. It sucks!
     
  7. meteoreos macrumors regular

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    What did you purchase, the clear skin? And also, how hard is it to install?
     
  8. macjaffa, Apr 20, 2017
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    macjaffa macrumors member

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    Purchased the gloss skin from best skin ever which is the same as the one I had before on my old mbp 17. I expect this will last 5 years before peeling and wear (see pictures in my op, 7 years of wear)

    Installation is a little fiddly, but I filled a spray gun with water and a drop of fairy liquid. Cleaned the mac with a microfibre cloth with iso alcohol. Well washed my hands and sprayed my fingers with solution and peeled the bottom cover off the skin. sprayed it from a distance, just to give a light misting of water and laid it on. It feels like a bit of plastic being held with water tension. so you can very easily move it about. there's a bit of give and stretch possible. Line it up as best you can, it's quite easy really. You have about 5 mins before it starts sticking. Use a credit card to scrape out excess water from centre to edge and catch with a cloth. Just keep it back from the edge by about a 1mm. If it over hangs it catches on everything. you can slightly compress/stretch it to allow for fine adjustments. top is also easy to do, just take your time, as long as it's wet it won't stick. (pro tip: the water/soap mix isn't the glue activator, it's glue suppressor....)

    I did opt for the edge pieces this time bit fiddly but again fine after a few min once the water dries you can really finely position it.

    Just make sure your work area is SPOTLESS. No dust, dirt, hairs anything or you will be sorry. Also set up a angle poise lamp if you can, good light helps as once applied it can be REALLY difficult to see the actual thing! it's clear and the water gap makes the very invisible.

    every few mins just check it's still adhering. Once you stick it on you can't really pick up the laptop as the act of grabbing it will move it. You just need to wait a few mins until it's secure enough to handle. safely. They say it takes 48 hours to cure and 12 hours before you can use it.....
     

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