MBP Staingate issues on replacement screen?

Barrierfreeman

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So back in March I noticed my MBP Retina 2015 screen was a bit dirty. Gave it a wipe down, and noticed there was a few stubborn marks that wouldn't shift. Turns out what I thought were marks was the screens coating delaminating. Long story short, turns out it's a known issue and apart from the hassle of driving an hour and back x2 to my local Apple store it got sorted with the top half of the MBP being replaced.

Fast forward 7 months, and it's happening again. At the top and bottom of the screen. Not as major as it was before, but 100% the same symptoms.

Now, I only ever wipe my screen once in a blue moon, with a regular microfibre cloth. Maybe a dab of warm water. So am I just really unlucky here? As I'd have assumed the issue was fixed, and any replacement screens would not have the same problem?

Well...guess I better go book my appointment at the store. I was considering waiting till the new ones came out to see if I could argue for a new replacement, but I think the chances of that succeeding are -100%.

Amusingly, what with having my logic board replaced before Xmas, I think only 30% of my MBP is original.
 

TechZeke

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Jul 29, 2012
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Hopefully better then last time, though my 2012 machine has not had any issues with the coating flaking offer (knocks on wood).
I find it weird how I've had my rMBP for two and half years with zero issues with the coatings while others are constantly having trouble with it, even on replacements. Has to be something to do with climate, or the way some people are wiping/cleaning their screens.
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So back in March I noticed my MBP Retina 2015 screen was a bit dirty. Gave it a wipe down, and noticed there was a few stubborn marks that wouldn't shift. Turns out what I thought were marks was the screens coating delaminating. Long story short, turns out it's a known issue and apart from the hassle of driving an hour and back x2 to my local Apple store it got sorted with the top half of the MBP being replaced.

Fast forward 7 months, and it's happening again. At the top and bottom of the screen. Not as major as it was before, but 100% the same symptoms.

Now, I only ever wipe my screen once in a blue moon, with a regular microfibre cloth. Maybe a dab of warm water. So am I just really unlucky here? As I'd have assumed the issue was fixed, and any replacement screens would not have the same problem?

Well...guess I better go book my appointment at the store. I was considering waiting till the new ones came out to see if I could argue for a new replacement, but I think the chances of that succeeding are -100%.

Amusingly, what with having my logic board replaced before Xmas, I think only 30% of my MBP is original.
For the screen specifically, I use a cleaner called Whoosh with the included cloth. Haven't any issues with the screen's coating so far. I use a lightly damp microfiber cloth for the chassis, and a dry microfiber cloth to clean up finger prints from the keyboard.
 
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Fishrrman

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OP wrote:
"Now, I only ever wipe my screen once in a blue moon, with a regular microfibre cloth. Maybe a dab of warm water. So am I just really unlucky here? As I'd have assumed the issue was fixed, and any replacement screens would not have the same problem?"

The "Staingate" issue is (IMO) a -design failure- by Apple.

Their hardware designers should have known better than to rely on nothing more than a "coating" (either sprayed-on, or applied by some other method) to protect the display.

"Coatings" get worn off, one way or the other.

Some kind of "hard, physical" protective barrier over the display would have been better.
My 2010 MacBook Pro (non-retina) still looks great after 6+ years. Of course, it's lower-resolution with [what looks like] a glossy barrier which lies over the display itself.

I realize that a very thin "sprayed-on" coating may have been used to get the best possible appearance from the retina display, and that a "hard protective surface" might result in a display which was not as visually pleasing.

I wonder if the Apple engineers will have learned their lesson with the release of the 2016 MBPro's?
My guess is.... "no".
 

Barrierfreeman

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I find it weird how I've had my rMBP for two and half years with zero issues with the coatings while others are constantly having trouble with it, even on replacements. Has to be something to do with climate, or the way some people are wiping/cleaning their screens.
Honestly, who knows. I don't think it's how I clean my screen, as I mention I have probably wiped this one 7-8 times since it got replaced.

As for climate....in the UK so nothing too extreme either way.

At the end of the day, it's nothing dramatic so I can still use the machine till I get a chance to sort it out. Just an annoyance is all.
 

jerryk

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I wonder if this is occurring to my machine. There are some brownish spots that I cannot remove.
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Honestly, who knows. I don't think it's how I clean my screen, as I mention I have probably wiped this one 7-8 times since it got replaced.

As for climate....in the UK so nothing too extreme either way.
Is it humid, and are you near any salt water?