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FumbleDuck

macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 9, 2015
54
1
Hi all,

I have had my 2014 rMBP for the past few months and I have noticed that the feet are wearing away slightly. Its not significant but they have definitely flattened off a bit and are grey (not black) and feel very rough where they have worn.

I'm guessing this is down to one of the work surfaces I use which is a painted compressed chipboard so not smooth but not particularly rough either.

Anyway I have now placed a small (5mm square) piece of clear sellotape on the bottom of each foot to temporarily prevent more wear and this seems to work well so far.

I know about this site ( http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202450 ) for replacement feet instructions but to be honest that looks like a giant PITA.
Also I dont really want to use one of those enclosing cases with feet on the outside either.

Does anyone have any more suggestions as to what I can put on the feet to prevent further erosion or has anyone else noticed this? Thanks.
 

JHUFrank

macrumors 6502a
Apr 16, 2010
652
66
Just from past experience, I work in a lot of nasty rough areas, concrete, steel, blocks, unfinished wood, and I have never had to replace the feet on my macbooks. They do wear slightly, but never to the point where I was worried about replacing them.
 

blooperz

macrumors 6502
Dec 10, 2013
287
1
what is the point, they can be replaced in any apple store for free/minimal charge...even after apple cares expires I think they run something like $10 a pop to have them replaced in store.
 
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catan

macrumors member
Dec 9, 2014
51
0
what is the point, they can be replaced in any apple store for free/minimal charge...even after apple cares expires I think they run something like $10 a pop to have them replaced in store.

Good to know, thanks! I'm definitely seeing some wear to the point where I wonder if airflow is impacted from the lower clearance.
 

technosix

macrumors 6502a
Jan 13, 2015
929
13
West Coast USA
The wear on mine is nearly imperceptible.

However I should mention that I have a personal policy that forbids my Macs from jogging. My friends laugh, but it's saved me some money. :)
 

simonsi

Contributor
Jan 3, 2014
4,851
735
Auckland
...I wonder if airflow is impacted from the lower clearance.

There are no air vents on the bottom so how could airflow be impacted? Unless you keep obsessively sliding your MBP around on a rough surface I'm pretty sure it will settle down showing some wear but otherwise no harm and be fine for a long time. Mine is 3.5yrs old and although one foot has had to be glued back on, they are not catastrophically worn yet...
 
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