Spilled Coconut Oil on MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by radiocity25, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. radiocity25, Oct 15, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

    radiocity25 macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I spilled coconut oil on my MacBook Air a few hours ago. It fell on the keyboard and trackpad area. I opened up the MBA and tried to wipe off the oil with rubbing alcohol. I am not sure what to do in the mean time though. What is the best way to clean up this mess?? Also the oil did not touch the logic board, it is on the battery area and the trackpad.

    Any help appreciated!!
  2. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    big bummer :(

    I know that talcum powder (baby powder) absorbs coconut oil, but I'd be wary of using anything inside an Air.

    just patiently keep wiping it off with kleenex.

    failing that, stick it outside in the sun for a great tan
  3. radiocity25 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    is it ok to clean the battery with rubbing alcohol?
  4. m0no macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    I'm sure it's better than coconut oil :)
  5. brycemason macrumors member

    May 18, 2011
    Oil is not generally conductive, so just clean up the mess gently and you're probably fine.
  6. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
  7. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    I have mine out in the kitchen when I'm working - though I keep it on a surface that isn't being used.
  8. radiocity25 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I brought it to my campus IT department and they are a partner with Apple. They told me they can't open it and clean it because of the damage. I read reports where other schools cleaned up MBAs that had spilled liquid.

    I ordered a T5 screwdriver to open and external enclosure, which should come tomorrow. I plan to open up the battery and clean it separately since that's where the majority of the damage occurred. If I wipe all the oil off the battery area, will the MBA be ok?

    Worst case scenario, how much can I sell the computer for? The logic board was undamaged and only the battery and keyboard got liquid on it.
  9. as0016 macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    Chances are if it got onto the keys - depending on how much spilled, some of it got into the rest of the board...hard to say how much it's worth without knowing the exact extent of the damage, but probably a few hundred bucks or so.

  10. radiocity25 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    The mail came today and I got the OWC Envoy so I can see if the drive still works, and it does! I put the MBA's SSD in the enclosure and was able to access all its files. The problem is...it is running Lion and I am using another MBA that has Mountain Lion on it. I would like to clone the drive to another drive I have so I can dual boot. But Mountain Lion won't let me run Lion OS since it is older.

    How can I upgrade the broken MBA's SSD from Lion to Mountain Lion through USB?
  11. iRCL macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Time to put that bad boy up for sale on craigslist
  12. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    Logic board = $750 or so. Keyboard protector to prevent spills through the keyboard to the logic board is $7.
  13. goinskiing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    Meridian, ID
    I sold my mother's 2010 13" MBP that she spilled diet Coke on for $250. The monitor, trackpad, and keyboard all did not work but worked as desktop sort of system.
  14. fruitloverlady macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012
    :eek: I don't think it's best that you used alcohol to clean it :( I'm pretty sure alcohol cannot remove the grease of coconut oil if that's what you would like to do. Plus the fact that alcohol might do something bad on your Mac as well :(
  15. lysol macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    You want to use alcohol. It evaporates and leaves no moisture. I use rubbing alcohol on circuit boards all the time to clean up messes (like remotes). When you get it clean, buy a keyboard cover. The one by iPearl I think is the best. It's rubber but not mushy.
  16. Mreddielu macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2012
    I'd just like to add that it is contingent that the particular alcohol that you are using is able to dissolve the coconut oil, and depending on the type of alcohol that you are using, it has a particular purity. As an example, you cannot have 100% Ethyl Alcohol outside of a laboratory setting because of the inherent behavior to attract water vapors into the solution.
  17. Orderbychaos macrumors newbie


    Oct 3, 2012
    Would love to hear an Update on how its going.. I hope everything turned out ok.. Let us Know Im Rooting For you!!!!:D

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