My 2016 Macbook pro is perfect but how to fix this???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tianhuailiu, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. tianhuailiu macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2016
    i accidently dent my 2016 13 touch bar macbook pro, my heart is broken, any tools can fix this??

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  2. ZapNZs, Jun 10, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2017

    ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    That appears to be a small chunk missing.

    Short of replacing the case, professional repair, or sanding it down (which will be very apparent because it will remove the anodized coating, resulting in multiple colors, and you might have to sand it so much it will alter the angle of that edge), you could try finding an epoxy putty in a matching color to the casing and building up small layers using a toothpick to apply until it fills in the area, and then carefully sand down the edges of the dried epoxy to make it match the dimensions of the case. You would probably need to prep the area to ensure good long-term bonding, and want to tape off the non-damaged areas to avoid damaging them more. The end result will still be visible, but less noticeable, and you would no longer have a sharp edge.

    You may want to take something else that is aluminum, intentionally ding one of the edges, and practice this method a few times to ensure you can properly prep the surface without causing more damage, apply in the right amount, sand without causing more damage, and are ultimately happy enough with the outcome to then do it on the MBP. In fact, I highly recommend practicing this before trying it, so you know what you are getting yourself into, understand the technique needed to do it properly, and are able to see the end results (and how colors of epoxy can change some upon curing) before you fully commit to this on your expensive computer.
  3. tianhuailiu thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2016
    Finaly someone know how to sand instead of replacing the whole surface, i might leave the dent because it is too risky to sand and i have no experience it may become more ugly if i sand.
  4. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but other than dabbing it with some touchup paint, I think you're stuck with it. I'm sorry. Or if it really bothers you, you could sell your MBP, take a hit on it and turn around and purchase another one.
  5. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Honestly it isn't that big, but it's more noticeable because of the color contrast. You might see if you can get some paint that closely matches the color of the anodization and just dab it over the dent. It would also have the benefit of filling in the tiny peaks and valleys in the dent and smooth it out.
  6. kirqe macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2017
  7. fokmik macrumors 68030

    Oct 28, 2016
    I saw that too..i do t think is a scuff
  8. tianhuailiu thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2016
    The keyboard is too thinnnnn and I just type the keyboard normally and nothing crazy and it creates a scufff.
  9. QueenTyrone macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2016
  10. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    In short there's nothing you can do and I would strongly advise you to just leave it. Any 'fix' will carry a large amount of certainty of making it much worse and more noticeable than it is at the moment.

    The only thing I could think to do would be use an epoxy filler (Specially formulated for aluminium, like JB Weld). However this would need sanding and would be extremely delicate to do. It would also likely need some touchup to blend it in. But nothing would completely remove it, just make it less visible. And in my experience a 'fixed' chip looks more noticeable than a chip, given the small area and it being on the edge. If it were the middle of a car door it'd be far less visible.

    So live with it or put a case on it. At least you'll probably be extra protective of it/future devices now!

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