Scratched Top Case: Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FluJunkie, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. FluJunkie macrumors 6502a

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    So, today I accidentally let my MBP slip from my hands as it was coming out of its bag. Fortunately, this was about an inch of falling height, so no *real* damage has been inflicted.

    Unfortunately, it came to rest on the metal leg of my desk, and now has a few small, thin scratches in the cover. Is there any sort of product/technique to repair these things? It's not a substantive issue, but I'm a vain and fickle Mac user, and I like my products pristine.

    Any advice?
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I would love to know that as well. My 12" PB has a few small scratches.
     
  3. klymr macrumors 65816

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    Wal-Mart has a nice selection of silver spray paint, including one called "aluminum." ;)

    Seriously though, I don't know of anything that can fix it, unless you can find someone who dares to take the lid off and sandblast it, and put it back together.
     
  4. majordude macrumors 68020

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    That's why Apple gives you two white Apple stickers with your MBP... apply one over the scratches and move on! :D
     
  5. TheJayWay macrumors member

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    The sandblasting idea would be great except for the fact that the finish on the MBP's is a anodized paint type deal, so it can peel over time. Kinda sucks cause I have access to a sandblaster and have a healthy gouge out of the top lid of my MBP from when a metal picture frame fell off the wall and hit it. I found out my local apple retailer can order replacement top cases and might take the hit to have my baby look like new again.
     
  6. majordude macrumors 68020

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    That seems like it would be an expensive part. :( $200-$300?

    And I don't even see screws that hold the back plate to the frame of the screen. I wonder how hard it is to replace.
     
  7. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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    I had a similar problem, experienced some decolorisation on the lid of my macbook pro. Had taken it to Apple to see if it was due to a manufacturing defect but they said it was due to some accident so it wasn't covered. I asked them how much it would cost to get the lid replaced and they said it would be around $250. So I think I can live with a couple of tiny white spots rather than paying so much to get it replaced.
     
  8. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    Just consider it a battle scar and another unique way to distinguish your computer. There will always be scratches and scuffs and such. It's a normal occurrence in the life of a well used notebook--sorta like when you fell off your bike when you were a kid and now you have a small scar on your knee :D.
     
  9. panthersweat macrumors newbie

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    But instead of it being your knee, it's your $2,500 laptop.
     
  10. motoxpress macrumors 6502

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    Knees can run up past $100k :( I would take a $250 laptop repair over knee surgery any day ;)

    -mx
     
  11. panthersweat macrumors newbie

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    We're talking about a scratch, not re-constructive surgery.
    Vanity Vs Function.
     
  12. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe I shoulda left out the knee example...lol.
     
  13. El Cid macrumors member

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    Top case price

    The top case part, the part with the apple logo on it goes for about 100 bucks + install. You could also try some iklear, but I don't know how that does with deep scratches.
     
  14. TheJayWay macrumors member

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    I was gonna say something to that effect. I don't know about the little scar though, I've got one mother of a scar on my right knee. Wiped out on my bike bunny hopping around ( I got ON to the picnic table, so how do I get OFF?) short story, caught my knee on a sharp weld on the metal frame and gave myself a 4.5 inch slice. It's good for conversations if nothing else...
     

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