iPhone 7 Plus matte Black discoloration

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  1. Zaft macrumors 68040

    Zaft

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    Is anyone getting discoloration on their matte black?
    it looks like an oil stain that you cant wash off. I'm getting it on the back next to the bottom antenna lines
     
  2. jbachandouris macrumors 601

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    I have had mine since a week or so after launch and it still looks new. I have kept it in an Apple leather case though. I'm too afraid to drop the slippery thing. :(
     
  3. myrtlebee macrumors 68020

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    Funny you mention this since I had the same thing occur before returning my 7 Plus (matte black). It was on the top right edge above the camera. Didn't see it at first, put it in a case for the month I used it, and saw it only when taking it out to return it. Very strange. Apple's finishes and coatings on all of their products have been lackluster, which is why I'm hoping it will be resolved with this year's iPhone being glass and steel.
     
  4. Susurs macrumors 6502

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    No distortion here - i7 Plus, matte black, 8 mo.
     
  5. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816

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    I gotta see pics of it ... Can you get it in a picture?
     
  6. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    OP, can you post a picture?

    I've had my matte black 7 for 3-4 months and have no discoloration. I do have a slim case on it if it make a difference.
     
  7. Zaft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ill post a picture later tonight.
     
  8. Zaft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Photos added.
     

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  9. JM macrumors 6502a

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    Is it... hand oil?

    Will a soap and water rag clean it off?
     
  10. Zaft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Tried it, still there.
     
  11. BrunoMD macrumors newbie

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    It looks like scuffing and then fading from constantly removing a case or going in/out from pockets
     
  12. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    I've seen those marks on the past couple of models. Mine show up after using it a while without a case from being set on/picked up from hard surfaces. It's more pronounced on certain areas because of how it sits unevenly due to the camera bump.
     
  13. myrtlebee macrumors 68020

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    Ah, I see. That's not what mine had (mine looked a little like leopard spots as far as the shape goes). That looks like wear, like someone else mentioned already.
     
  14. Zaft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks all, so looks like it's actually scuffing, I don't use a case so I guess the surfaces have worn it off a bit.
     
  15. rillrill macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a paint you can buy to touch up the matte black? I literally have had my matte black iPhone for 5 hours, dropped it, and it already has a chip that's silver. I know is my fault and it's OCD to be bothered by it, but Jesus is that annoying... luckily I have T-Mobile Jump on Demand - so back you go come Fall for the new ones.
     
  16. Zaft thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I already have a chip but I don't really care. Give it a couple of days and you will get used to it.
     
  17. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    did you use a case?

    I wonder if its crap getting stuck in between

    my 7 plus matte black isn't like this
     
  18. B63x macrumors newbie

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    This is how mine looks Idk if it's discoloration or oil marks
     

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  19. Strelok macrumors 6502a

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    This thread is a bit old, but I just wanted to mention what others had said. That's most likely due to taking it in and out of a case, or out of your pocket. My glasses have that near the end where I always take them on and off, but that's plastic. The other thing to keep in mind is that a matte type of paint/color will usually be harder to keep pristine.
     
  20. GrumpyMom macrumors 603

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    My rubbery UAG case leaves a greasy looking honeycomb pattern of marks on the back of my matte black 7 Plus. Cloths and soap and water won't work but a paper towel soaked in isopropyl alcohol works and so far hasn't harmed the finish.
     
  21. B63x macrumors newbie

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    Was that for mine?
    --- Post Merged, Jul 4, 2017 ---
    Does mine look like grease or discoloration?
     
  22. Strelok macrumors 6502a

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    No, that was for the OP and his pictures. Yours looks like something reacted with the coating or it got worn off. Is that a silver color underneath or more of a bluish color?
     
  23. GrumpyMom macrumors 603

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    I really can't tell from that photo. All I know is that my case interacts with my finish somehow to produce little marks the same shape as the lining of the case. I couldn't get them off except to either use a lot of friction which seemed it could eventually be damage to the finish or a light wipe with isopropyl alcohol. My marks look more like the marks that were posted originally. Kind of shiny.
     
  24. macTW Suspended

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    My iPhone 6 gold had a simliar issue. Thankfully it isn't too noticeable in most lighting or on phone location.
     
  25. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    Normal wear and tear. It's matte, but with friction with your hand, it's going to go like that
     

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