Scratches on Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by hans3185, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. hans3185 macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    What do you guys use to keep your Macbooks relatively scratch free?
  2. super_kev macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    A soft neoprene case, not allowing any pens, etc. to ride with in/near it, and setting it down gently. No matter what, you'll eventually get scratches, but that's the best thing I can think of.
  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I leave it in the box. I take it out in an air filtered controled room with a dust suit. When I'm done I put it back in the box.

    No really, scratches are going to happen, but to avoid the bigger ones my wife uses a Speck case. I'm thinking of using invisible shield but for now the speck is doing it just right.

    There are lots of options out there, each with pros and cons. Just research a bit to see what fits your style.
  4. applecupcakes macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
    ON, Canada
    Just be mindful of how you treat it. I use a Neoprene case for traveling & transport. Don't set anything on top of it. Be careful when you wipe it... my boyfriend went to wipe the top of his MB and I guess some particle of something or other was between the cloth and the computer... needless to say he dragged it around quite a bit and was left with QUITE the design!
  5. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2006
    It's impossible to stay scratch free - unless you put it in a case or in some invisible shield or something.

    I mean, when you wipe the thing with a cloth it scratches! Either you get a skin for it or you give up on scratch-free
  6. hans3185 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    Is there any way to remove small scratches on it? I heard about Brasso, but Im not so sure...
  7. tmelvin macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2008
    Not on a MB. Maybe an MBP [because it's Alu]. MB is Plastic [Polycarb, whatever], and using Brasso will make more scratches...
  8. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    take a look at either mr clean magic eraser or applesauce polish
  9. iwuzbord macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    New York City
    i use a hard case or shell if you will. i have one from incase that is "soft to the touch" and keeps it scratch free. the case gets scratched, but the computer doesnt.
  10. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    i keep mine the way apple intended, NAKED. yea thats right, it's sitting on top of a AirPort Express (802.11g) box as a stand.
  11. killerwhack macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    Clear Plastic Protection

    A guy I know, who owns a MBP, bought some plastic "decal" sheets especially cut for the MBP. He says it is the same material used on the leading edge of helicopter rotor blades. He saw them in South Korea and found them on the net upon his return to the states.

    Personally, I use a speck case. Works great for my MBP.
  12. hans3185 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    Just tried the magic dice.
  13. rushmere macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2006
    I left mine in the Apple Store, still in the box, in the stock room in the back :D

    Seriously, scratches are going to happen. Just enjoy using it and don't worry about it!
  14. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    I've never put mine in a case of any kind and no scratches so far. If they happen eventually though, I wouldn't mind.
  15. khunsanook macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    East Asia
    definitely DO NOT use the magic erasers on the shiny exterior (or screen) of a MacBook. They are abrasive and may remove the scratches, but will seriously dull the shine. The magic erasers are for the keyboard/trackpad/wrist area and screen bezel.

    A few more months with your MacBook and you'll care a lot less about scratches.
  16. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
  17. shanehar macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2009
  18. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    If you're talking about the white MacBooks, you could try Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish. It's designed for automotive use but I don't see any reason you couldn't use it on the polycarbonite shell of a MacBook. To be on the safe side I'd try it on an inconspicuous area like the bottom first to make sure that it didn't make things worse. You can find it in the automotive department of many department stores as well as most automotive stores.

    If you're talking about the aluminum unibody MacBooks that's a completely different conundrum. Since the aluminum unibody is anodized to prevent it from tarnishing the only way I imagine to eliminate scratches would either to re-anodize the area (if that's even possible) or remove the anodizing to make the finish consistent resulting in a finish that would tarnish. Probably best to just get a shell or a skin to cover it up.

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