Scratch on the aluminum

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by someperson, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. someperson macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2017
    I have had my Retina MacBook Pro for less than 3 weeks. On day one, before doing anything else, I put a screen protector, an outer shell, and even protection for the keyboard on it. I figured I'm going to keep this thing in perfect condition.

    And then I drop a pair of scissors on it, leaving a scratch next to the touchpad. GOD DAMNIT!

    The scratch it left is admittedly minor, but it makes me want to slap myself for being such a moron every time I see it. Is there anything I can do? I'm even willing to pay...
  2. Awjvail macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    You can get one of those Moshi palmguard things that will cover the scratch.
  3. someperson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2017
    That's an interesting option. I'll have to consider it, although I'd rather get rid of it if at all possible than only covering it up.

    Here's why I feel like such a dumbass: I bought this on eBay, and paid more to get one in perfect condition than I could have for one with a scratch on it. And now, despite trying to take precautions, I scratch it not long after getting it... what a waste!
  4. Awjvail macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    It's anodized aluminum - you aren't gonna get rid of the scratch without replacing the entire top case.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    True. Once aluminum scratches or is damaged, it's permanent. And this applies to Apple's 6000/7000 Series aluminum used as well.
  6. mklnz macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2007
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I know the feeling... but you'll forget it soon enough. It really sucks if you're slightly OCD like me, but yes that feeling will heal over time. Try to be careful in the future.
  7. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Yes. You can get outside and go for a walk. Perhaps that will lend you a proper perspective.
  8. SteveJobzniak, Jan 2, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017

    SteveJobzniak macrumors 6502


    Dec 24, 2015
    "Is there anything I can do?" Well, let's see...

    My MacBook Pro 2010 has been dropped, has a dent in a corner of the aluminum case, has lost two of its black rubber feet, has scratches all over the underside of the case, and has had multiple surgeries. It gives it life and character. Get out and dare to live a little!

    You're alive in a Universe which inevitably came from nothing. The biggest "What the ****?" mystery has already happened. You're here. From NOTHING. Standing on a dirtball hurtling through space in orbit around a huge ball of fire... And one in nine people on this planet are starving. So you aren't just a miracle. You are blessed too. It costs $0.4 to feed a starving child for a day. Your laptop could have fed thousands of children for a day or given a single starving child food for the next 20 years. All in this huge, mysterious world of ours. And here you are... a miracle, who somehow arose from nothing, and yet lives with such narrow perspective that you are now trapped inside a bubble, incredibly blessed and yet worrying about a microscopic scratch on some worthless toy here in our safe, western world.

    You should get that checked out... Your life perspective, I mean. ;)

    Everything breaks apart in the end. A small scratch, which has absolutely zero effect on the ability to use the computer, should be of no concern whatsoever.

    Did this help? It should.
  9. CrownVic macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2016
    Well said brother. Well said.
  10. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2013
    I've found that being ocd about protection is pointless. It's the one time we do something stupid (usually at home) that we screw up. Just try and be a little more careful to prevent further damage.
  11. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2013
    Your laptop is a tool not something you should baby and worry about constantly. You'll probably use it for 5/6 years and get a new one anyways. Resale value? Not really going to affect it that much so don't worry about it. Just be more careful, but it's not the end of the world. I used to worry about scratches/damage, but stopped caring and it's been great. Phones, tablets, and laptops shouldn't have you worrying/concerned. They're simply there to be used for whatever task you need to complete.
  12. TiT38 macrumors member


    Dec 1, 2016
    French Alps
    Decalgirl sell very very nice skins for tbMBP, and very easy to install. (micro perforated 3M sticker)

    I love mine, and knowing that almost nothing can happen to my macbook (if it doesn't hit the floor)
  13. Karnicopia macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2015
    I say you should be less careful. Use this as an opportunity to take off the screen protector, the case, the keyboard protector and just enjoy using the laptop. What this kind of situation says to me is unless you are going to wrap the laptop in bubble wrap this kind of thing is going to happen so it's better to just enjoy the laptop while you have it rather than stress out about every potential way it could be damaged. Because no matter how many potential ways you can predict there is the dropped scissors that come out of nowhere anyway that you could never predict.

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