iPad mini Paint rubbing off black iPad mini. Discoloration

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Javiayer, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Javiayer macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2013
    I just pulled my iPad out of my backpack and all of a sudden there were white marks of discoloration or fading. They're not scratches and there was no misuse or mistreatment.
    Is this normal? It's also refurbished. Do you guys think apple will replace it? It's only 2 weeks old


  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Is it that much of an issue?
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Get ghost armor to protect the back or some sort of case.
  4. Han Solo 1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2013
    Man, first the screen, now the back?

    I hope they learn from their stupid mistakes on the 2nd generation. :rolleyes:
  5. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    So I put my iPad on the concrete floor and dragged it 10 feet and now it's scratched… damn apple! Why does it have to scratch with use!?!?!? They better fix this in the 2nd generation!
  6. Han Solo 1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2013
    Ha ha, nice try, but the OP said that there was no misuse or mistreatment. You should be able to carry it around in a backpack without the freaking paint rubbing off, which is what it looks like from the pics.
  7. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    Clearly marks from the ipad coming into contact with another surface.

    Electronics used to have little bumps on the back / bottom to prevent this.
  8. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    It's called wear and tear. Just look around you at all the crap you have that does not look new anymore. The only way to "slow down" wear and tear is to keep your gear fully protected with a case. And even that will not guarantee a new appearance. Why complain if you don't use a case? Apple did not create a special wear proof paint process just for the iPad.
  9. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    wait till Apple do a glass front/back like I4 for the ipad mini 2 then discoloration will never happen again.
  10. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    the latest styling with the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini just wreaks of the complaints that people had with the iPod Nano scratching, and knicking, rubbing wear, you name it. remember that fiasco?
  11. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    First of all, there's no "paint" on the back, it's an anodized finish. Second of all, the iPad does not operate outside the rules of physics. If he's putting it in a backpack as the only item in there then maybe he has a fair gripe, but I suspect there are books or items other than the iPad in there causing the iPad to rub up against surfaces and eroding the finish through friction. That's how the physical world works. I take good care of my wallet, but inserting and removing it from the pocket of my jeans will cause wear marks regardless of how careful I am.
  12. trssho macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2009
    Ive had similar markings. usually a little soap and water will clean it off. That coating is very stout!
  13. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I saw on here somewhere little rubber feet you could stick on to prevent this. On my (full-size) iPads we have a plastic cover that prevents scratches. Had them since day one. Mind you they never leave the house either!
  14. Hello... macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    I bought mine on launch day and been using it continuously about eight hours a day to search for properties I have no marks or wear issues so I'm not sure what's causing it.

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