Need Help on cMP scratch removal

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  1. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    hey i have very tiny scratches on the top of my mac pro and am looking for ways to remove them. im not sure if theres professionals out there who renovate metals and things. I was almost going to take it to a body shop so any tips will help.

    they look like this:
     

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  2. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a

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    I have loads on the top of mine but my hard drive cover them :) i would suggest getting some kind of stuff similar to what detailers on cars use, i can't recommend anything because I don't do detailing! but i would look down that route!

    Cheers
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't think there's any way to remove the scratches without making it worse. Get a hard case to cover up the MBP and protect it from further scratches.
     
  4. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a

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    I think its a Mac Pro tower not a laptop?
     
  5. RoastingPig thread starter macrumors 68000

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    it's a classic mac pro desktop tower. wth who moved this to macbook pro i posted this in mac pro?
     
  6. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah so a case for a MBP wouldn't help! As i mentioned above try getting some kind of car detailing stuff and see if that works, my mate does detailing il ask what the best stuff is tomorrow

    cheers
     
  7. RoastingPig thread starter macrumors 68000

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    cool, thank you
     
  8. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a

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    And maflynn did i think he thought you meant MBP hence the case comment.

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    Just asked him, he said you could use metal polish however it might make it shiny, because the MP is anodised its a bit of a nightmare! Sorry i couldn't help more!
     
  9. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    Put the MP in a room with no windows. Turn the lights off.
    BAM! No more scratches!

    Apart from that the least extensive procedure you could try is polish, just don't rub too hard. The more extreme options include re-casing the whole computer, or having the case sanded down/stripped and re-anodised (probably not worth it, but if you did do this I would take it to a professional and have the whole case done in a different color, maybe matt black, or a blue). Most anodizing shops would be able to chemically strip the anodization off, but depending on what kind of aluminum the case is made from it may be more difficult than it is worth.
     
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    How retro: a Powder Mac.
     
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  13. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    The picture looks like the scratches have gone all the way through the anodizing. I don't think you will be able to buff them out without ending up with polished areas.

    I would take the part to a quality paint matcher such as a place that does custom cars (not Maaco, not Home Depot). They will be able to match the color and level of gloss, and they will have the right size metallic particles to mix in to match an annodized aluminum finish.

    Then you can either have them paint it (I'd remove all the electronic components prior to delivery), or buy the paint from them and paint it yourself at home. If painting it yourself, mask off a large area right at the edges so that a transition will be less noticeable. If you have an artist friend, that's great, otherwise I believe Harbor Freight has a very inexpensive airbrush kit. Practice on cardboard first. :)
     
  14. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    A car body shop will probably be the best place to get the exact colour match. Us in the UK/EU have legislation stopping them use anything but water based paints which is much harder to spray right, it's a lot thinner than solvent based stuff.

    If you have to go the water based route get a professional to spray it, I learnt that lesson to my cost attempting DIY on a MBP bottom case - it was an absolute disaster :D

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    The other option is to get a nice decal design cut to fit the top panel. I've seen a site linked with hundreds of decal designs for the MacBook Pro somewhere on this forum but cannot remember exactly where - MBP forum possibly!
     

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