Lubricating Rubber Seal on Display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Husky29, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. Husky29 macrumors newbie


    Dec 29, 2017
    Western Cape, South Africa

    I am wondering if it is a good idea to lubricate or moisten the little black seal around the edge of the display on my MacBook Pro. I wonder if it will make it last longer, because I wipe my screen daily with a microfiber cloth and I always rub the seal as well while I am cleaning the display. It feels quite dry and rough when my cloth brushes agaisnt the seal.

    If I should lubricate or moisten the seal, what should I use?

  2. Newtons Apple, Oct 25, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2018

    Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    This seal should not need any lubrication. Do not apply any lubricant.

    Why are you wiping your screen everyday. I make sure I never touch it with my fingers to avoid getting oil on the screen. I have not wiped my screen in months.

    It is normal for the rubber seal to feel different when wiping with a cloth.

    Enjoy you new laptop!
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've never lubricated anything on my MBP, I think you're over thinking what must be done on the laptop. Just use and enjoy it :)
  4. SDColorado Contributor


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    I have used 303 Rubber Seal Treatment on the cars, but I can't say that it over occurred to me to use it on the rubber seals of the MBP. It just isn't exposed the same constant temperature and weather extremes year after year that the car is. As dry as Colorado can be, I have never found those seals around the display to dry, crack or wear.
  5. Maxx Power macrumors 6502a

    Maxx Power

    Apr 29, 2003
    Any rubber-friendly lubricant is going to be good for the seal, but terrible for the coating on your screen. They contain various chemicals that can eat away at the coating. I would not apply anything. If you are adventurous, you can try plumping-grade or treadmill-grade 100% silicone lubricant. Anything else containing petroleum-distillates is going to be a solvent for the coating.

    Think of it this way - much of the seal is behind the glass. You'll never be able to lubricate those portions.
  6. bingeciren macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2011
    My wife’s 2012 MacBook Pro’s seal became sticky about a year ago and shortly after it started to fall apart in pieces right at the top middle section of the screen.

    I guess a silicon oil like the one being used in watch backs to lubricate the o-ring seals may help to protect the rubber but it will leave a stain on the AR coating of the display and that needs to be cleaned as soon as the silicon oil is applied to the rubber.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP wrote:
    " I wonder if it will make it last longer, because I wipe my screen daily with a microfiber cloth and I always rub the seal as well while I am cleaning the display."

    If I were you, I'd STOP doing this.
    You're looking at this post and wondering... "why"?

    The display on the MBP's has a VERY thin sprayed-on anti-glare coating.
    It's one of the MacBook's "weakest points".
    Just almost anything that touches it has the potential to damage it.

    This is what "StainGate" is all about (displays with anti-glare coating flaking off).

    If there's dust on the surface of the display, just "dust it off" without any pressure.
    If there's something on it that won't dust off, use a cloth moistened with water, and as little pressure as possible.

    During day-to-day use, DON'T TOUCH the display surface, using extra care when opening and closing the lid.

    The less you touch the display surface, the better!

    And... NO OIL, either.

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