Possible to remove smudge on macbook air trackpad?

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  1. koolzero, Oct 20, 2011
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    koolzero macrumors regular

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    I bumped my sons hand last night and his ipod touch skidded across my macbook airs trackpad. After I picked up the ipod I inspected the macbook and I noticed a dark smudge on the trackpad. I don't recall if it was there before or if the ipod caused it. The smudge isn't a gouge or deep though so maybe it was there before.

    I was going to try a magic eraser to see if it will come off but I don't want to damage it. I saw lifehacker used a magic eraser to remove oils from the trackpad and I also have oil buildup on mine so I wonder if it would be safe to try using it to remove the smudge. Anyone have any experience with the magic eraser? I don't have any pictures of the smudge but I can try posting one later.

    Thanks.
     
  2. komoornik macrumors regular

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    Actually I had something like this too.

    I was using it for 2 or 3 days without any kind of skin and I got a little smudge - the problem is I don't completly recall hitting it or anything like it. It seems like it happend coz of my fingers.

    But then I installed the full body skin from ZAGG and I can't see it. And yes, I'm using the skin also on touchpad and I'm happy with it. Touchpad still feels nice for me, and I know it's safer. Maybe it's not that big deal with glass touchpad's but I know many of them is getting so ugly after some time....
     
  3. summitRun macrumors regular

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    Homemade Solutions...

    White vinegar solves a lot of problems. Try diluting it with water at half strength and ratchet it up from there. You could also try a solution of rubbing alcohol, white vinegar and water. There are tons of recipes for it online
     
  4. billidan macrumors newbie

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    Am I the only one who always use wet paper towels to remove smudges on trackpad, keyboard and screen?:eek: I have been doing this for years...

    I think I may try something else, maybe screen cleaner, next time ... Gladly I didn't break the machines before
     
  5. koolzero thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did you have any luck removing the smudge?
     
  6. komoornik macrumors regular

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    The problem is my "smudge" didn't went off after polishing with isopropyl alcohol.

    I didn't try anything else, coz I end up feeling it's really hardware defect and not a smudge.
     
  7. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    I use lysol. Kills the germs and removes smudges. :)
     
  8. koolzero thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is Lysol not too harsh or abrasive? I think i only have clorox wipes at my house they prob have bleach so that prob isn't safe to use, right?
     
  9. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    nope
     
  10. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    It's just alcohol in spray form. So to answer your question, no its not.
     
  11. SandynJosh macrumors 68000

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    I've always had great results by putting my MBP in the dish washer and setting it at the "pot scrubber" mode.
     
  12. digitalhen macrumors regular

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    It's just a smudge like on glass. I used the iKlear stuff I have for the display and off it went.
     
  13. ritmomundo macrumors 68000

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    Use windex. Your trackpad is made of glass, and windex is made for glass. And everyone has windex. So there you go!
     
  14. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    You were trying to ruin other people laptop by neglecting to mention that they should go on top rack only :)
     
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