Residue on keys from silicone keyboard cover

MacInTO

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I put a silicone keyboard cover on my keyboard today to try it out. I noticed it left some sort of greasy(?) residue on the keys. I immediately removed it and cleaned my keyboard with some degreaser and then some isopropyl alcohol. It was free and that's probably why it was free.

Has this happened to you and what's going on here?



And are there better alternatives to this that you can recommend?
 

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No offence, but this looks like a cheap eBay keyboard protector. I spend the little bit more and get the Moshi keyboard protector for my devices. The KB's still look brand new, but they can leave marks on the screen, so use a cover/screen protector at your own risk.
 

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No offence, but this looks like a cheap eBay keyboard protector. I spend the little bit more and get the Moshi keyboard protector for my devices. The KB's still look brand new, but they can leave marks on the screen, so use a cover/screen protector at your own risk.
No offence taken. It probably is a cheap protector because someone gave it to me. I think I'll pitch it or give it away, but warn them.

Thanks for that suggestion. I'll probably get a Moshi. I have a cMBP with a matte screen so have more clearance than the retina or glossy models.
 
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shoehornhands

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And are there better alternatives to this that you can recommend?
I'm not sure what cover you're using, but I recommend this one: http://www.amazon.com/UPPERCASE-Premium-Keyboard-Protector-Macbook/dp/B00AQFFSAG

It's a couple bucks more than some of the alternatives, but it's the best one I've used. It's the thinnest I've seen, fits perfectly, and doesn't leave behind any residue / anything at all (you just lay it on top of the keyboard, so there's no adhesive / anything that could mark up the MBP).

There are different versions for the retina, and non-retina MBP though (as well as for the 12" MB, and MBA), so if you do pick one up, just make sure you get the correct one for your MBP.
 

tubeexperience

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I don't consider it fine because some sort of liquid/material is coming out of the product.

Have you been using it for a long time and how often do you remove it? Is it leaving anything behind on your keys?
When I sent my 2011 MBP to Apple to fix the video issue, Apple replaced the top case for some reason.

Anyway, I put my keyboard cover on it and it's like that so I assume it's some trapped air.

And no, it doesn't leave marks on my screen.
 

MacInTO

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When I sent my 2011 MBP to Apple to fix the video issue, Apple replaced the top case for some reason.

Anyway, I put my keyboard cover on it and it's like that so I assume it's some trapped air.

And no, it doesn't leave marks on my screen.
Have you ever removed it to examine the keys?

It was definitely some sort of greasy liquid on my keys.
 
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