Macbook (white), and nail polish remover...

ddk121

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Apr 23, 2006
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Hey!
I have some nail polish remover here, which does contain Acetone, but I only want to use it on the trackpad "button". Is this safe?
 

Mac One

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Jul 18, 2007
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I think some guy a while back used non-acetone remover on his macbook, which took off the top layer/finish. I would not recommend using any type of nail polish remover - you don't want to risk it. Apple just recommends water, but that might not be enough. Do you just want to remove the general dirt/grubbiness of the white computer?
 

ddk121

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Apr 23, 2006
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I think some guy a while back used non-acetone remover on his macbook, which took off the top layer/finish. I would not recommend using any type of nail polish remover - you don't want to risk it. Apple just recommends water, but that might not be enough. Do you just want to remove the general dirt/grubbiness of the white computer?
Ye, just the dirt that has accumalated on the trackpad.
 

CalBoy

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May 21, 2007
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Ye, just the dirt that has accumalated on the trackpad.
What usually works well (at least on my mbp) is a moist paper towel followed by a dry paper towel. Since you mentioned that it's mostly dirt, a Swiffer-like device might work well too.
 

tmoney468

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Mar 13, 2007
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isopropyl alcohol and a q-tip will do wonders to clean the trackpad. Alcohol is safe as long as the laptop is off (no brainer).
 

unixfool

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Jan 21, 2006
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Don't use alcohol unless you want a fight with Applecare...you'll lose that fight, because you're going to ruin your touchpad.
 

anirban

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Jan 9, 2007
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What about the magic eraser?
I've had a couple of friends whose machines started losing their color/luster due to extensive use of magic eraser.

I would strongly advise against the use of nailpolish remover, because there is a high chance that it will dissolve/peel off the finish of your machine.

Just use water, or at the most, some diluted glass cleaning solution.
 

devilot

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May 1, 2005
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Yes, use this. I use the iKlear and its great for cleaning my MacBook Pro.
Um. MacBook Pro ≠ MacBook (white)

Seriously.


I just had my white MB case swapped and received it back this Wednesday, August 29th. As of this afternoon on Friday, August 31st? The case is already showing signs of staining. Again.

And yes, I've used both iKlear and the Magic Eraser.

It's nothing like the iBook of yesteryear. And yes, I had a 12" 1.33Ghz iBook G4 for about 1.5 years without any freaking staining. So no, I'm not some dirty person. Hmph. These MBs just really have some sort of different plastic. :( (And I also had a 12" 1.33Ghz PowerBook G4 so I feel it's fair of me to say that none of the three casings are truly alike.)
 

iBookG4user

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Jun 27, 2006
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Um. MacBook Pro ≠ MacBook (white)

Seriously.


I just had my white MB case swapped and received it back this Wednesday, August 29th. As of this afternoon on Friday, August 31st? The case is already showing signs of staining. Again.

And yes, I've used both iKlear and the Magic Eraser.

It's nothing like the iBook of yesteryear. And yes, I had a 12" 1.33Ghz iBook G4 for about 1.5 years without any freaking staining. So no, I'm not some dirty person. Hmph. These MBs just really have some sort of different plastic. :( (And I also had a 12" 1.33Ghz PowerBook G4 so I feel it's fair of me to say that none of the three casings are truly alike.)
If you read the product description...

"MacBook or MacBook Pro: Outer case, keyboard and display screen"
 

devilot

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May 1, 2005
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If you read the product description...

"MacBook or MacBook Pro: Outer case, keyboard and display screen"
My point is, god forbid we should believe every word of a given product's marketing, right?

My point is; I've used iKlear and Magic Eraser on my white MB, my iBook, and my PB-- have you? iKlear worked on the iBook and PB, but not for the white MB's wrist rests.
 

iBookG4user

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Jun 27, 2006
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My point is, god forbid we should believe every word of a given product's marketing, right?

My point is; I've used iKlear and Magic Eraser on my white MB, my iBook, and my PB-- have you? iKlear worked on the iBook and PB, but not for the white MB's wrist rests.
I also used it on my iBook G4 and it worked great, satisfied?
 

queshy

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Apr 2, 2005
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I think the acetone will mess up the macbook. and smell it up, too, lol.
 

EricNau

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Apr 27, 2005
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Um. MacBook Pro ≠ MacBook (white)

Seriously.


I just had my white MB case swapped and received it back this Wednesday, August 29th. As of this afternoon on Friday, August 31st? The case is already showing signs of staining. Again.

And yes, I've used both iKlear and the Magic Eraser.

It's nothing like the iBook of yesteryear. And yes, I had a 12" 1.33Ghz iBook G4 for about 1.5 years without any freaking staining. So no, I'm not some dirty person. Hmph. These MBs just really have some sort of different plastic. :( (And I also had a 12" 1.33Ghz PowerBook G4 so I feel it's fair of me to say that none of the three casings are truly alike.)
That's interesting.

I had my keyboard, trackpad, and palmrest area replaced several months ago and it's still as white as the day I got it.