Removing engraving

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  1. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

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    I want to sell my iPad 3 (32GB Wifi) but I had engraving done it it with a 'If found email xxx for return' message on it but I wan to upgrade to the 64GB+3G model for travelling to replace my old MBP.

    Anyone know of a way that wont ruin it?
     
  2. -TYLER macrumors regular

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    Buy like a brushed aluminum skin that looks nice and put that on the iPad.

    Check out icarbons.com
     
  3. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    It's like when someone gets a tattoo and they don't think about how it will look when they turn 80. You're SOL other than covering it with a skin or case. Since it is ENGRAVED* you can't just wipe it off. ;)

    *engrave
    Verb:Cut or carve (a text or design) on the surface of a hard object: "my email address was engraved on my iPad".
    • Cut or carve a text or design on (such an object).
     
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    There is no way it will be like new (un-engraved) again, but you could get some really fine sandpaper and sand it down. But it will look bad.
     
  5. Razzerman II macrumors member

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    If it were me, I'd get an engraver to nuke out the whole thing i.e. engrave a rectangle (with roundy corners of course) on top of the message to obliterate the whole thing.

    Cheers,

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  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    This is probably your best bet
    A skin, case or cover doesn't do you any good if you are selling it

    Scratching it out yourself with sandpaper or burnishing it yourself would most likely look really bad

    Getting a professional engraver to do as suggested above is probably going to give you the best results, but it will still be obvious
     
  7. lannisters4life macrumors 6502

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    Apple are smart little cookies doing engraving for free
     
  8. LaunchpadBS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Laser engraving is the technical term for when apple 'engrave' something.
    Anyway because of this I'm thinking the actual engraving is super shallow...SO with that in mind surely blurring it or making it a solid 'bar' shape engraving wouldn't look THAT bad, not everyone's as OCD as most people on this forum. Justsaying ;)
     
  9. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Incorporate the engraving into a larger design: a scantily-dressed woman wrestling a python would be my suggestion...
     
  10. LaunchpadBS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do you drive a truck by chance? Haha thanks though.

    The general consensus seems to be 'You're a stupid' follow by 'Just draw over it with something generic...'

    I'll ask around at the local trophy shops.
     
  11. Razzerman II macrumors member

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    Haha no, Doylem uses his feet rather than a truck, scouring the countryside in search of scantily-clad women and pythons. Luckily for us, he takes wonderful piccies for us to admire while on his search. ;)

    Back to the engraving, could you take a before and after shot so we can see how it turned out?

    Good luck,

    Ray
     
  12. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I didn't see where anyone called you stupid or implied such
    You asked for suggestions, and they were given, some more practical than others :)

    It can't be "removed", but it can be modified or engraved over
     
  13. LaunchpadBS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not just this thread but other's I've found on this and other forums etc, seems engraving is never smart if you plan on reselling to upgrade, to be honest I never planned on it either but hey, times change.

    Will let you all know how it turns out.
     
  14. Oblivion3333 macrumors newbie

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    Do you still sew name tags in all your underwear as well?
     
  15. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    qft
     
  16. LaunchpadBS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No need, I only have one pair.
     
  17. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Good luck OP. Post a pic when you get it removed.
     
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    Sorry for the stupid question, but exactly how did you think there was a possible way to un-engrave an iPad? I mean it is "engraved" (cut, carved, etched) into the iPad's aluminum backing. What could someone possibly suggest that would undo that?
     
  20. Piggie macrumors 604

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    As was said, it's laser engraved meaning it almost more like blackening the surface of the aluminium and perhaps a minute burn into the surface than an actual cut of a proper engraving tool, like when you get your name engraved/cut into a gold bracelet or something.

    More burned in really than cut in.
     
  21. pagansoul macrumors 65816

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    Hay, I engraved on my iPod 'live long and prosper'. I figured I can't go wrong with it even if I wanted to sell it. Just remember in the future think long and hard before you engrave again. No names, no numbers, unless it 1s and 0s. :D
     
  22. RAWphenom macrumors member

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    I see no flaws in this suggestion.
     
  23. AMC89 macrumors member

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    The texture of the surface is the problem. Had it been shiny like the touch you could buff it out. Maybe post a pic so we can see the size and give a suggestion of what to do.
     
  24. johndallas999 macrumors 6502a

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    I'll never understand why anyone would get any tech product engraved. That seems pointless
     
  25. frosse macrumors 6502a

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    Go to a blacksmith and have him fill the engraving with aluminum haha if that's even possible...
     

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