Steel wooled macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by RareEarthMetal, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. RareEarthMetal macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2009
    I never much liked the look of the new macbooks but I got one anyway and i have kept it in pristine condition.

    Now im tired of its appearance and was wondering if anyone has used a fine grade steel wool on their macbook?

    would it be polished or just looked scratched?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    *Skin-tingling twitchyness*

    My heavens... mutilation! :eek:
  3. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    If you were to use anything, I wouldn't use steel whool, as it can leave behind material that can rust.

    Even bronze whool can form a patina on certain objects.

    You might try stainless steel whool.

    But why? :confused:
  4. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    don't think it would look like you are thinking....

    since the MB is already a brushed finish (of sorts), I think it would just come out scratched.

    I have seen it done to the bezel of the iPhone, but that started out glossy, not matte....

    hard to go from matte to matte.
  5. RareEarthMetal thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2009
    Hmm, Im guessing it wouldn't give it a polished look?

    I feel like trying it somewhere inconspicuous, like the inside of the battery cover to see what it looks like.

    perhaps rubbing it with some wd-40 before rubbing?
  6. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    do it up - just take pictures of your mess :p
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The aluminum on the covers is a bit too thin to hold up to scratching it up with really fine scratches and then polishing it.

    The single chunk for the main body is thick enough but throws in the twist of too many holes.


    If you knew someone skill enough to mill you a top and bottom cover to give you that industrial toughbook look ... that might work out.

    At that point, you might as well polish it, and send it out for a nickel or chrome finish. Or one of the other metal finishes.
  8. PhightinPhils26 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2007
    Say it ain't so!!! I'm getting chills just thinking about the scratching sound......
  9. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    So you have AppleCare? You don't want to provide any loopholes against future claims.
  10. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    Why don't you just nail some plywood on it? Or better yet, buy 50 assorted sharpies and turn it over to a kindergarten class for a day?

    Some of you people crack me up. :D
  11. RareEarthMetal thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2009
    im going to wait a few years before doing it.

    I have a destructive personality.
  12. BlackiBook macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2009
    Norman, Oklahoma
    Yes but why ruin something like your macbook! Go to the junk yard and pay the guy to have ten minutes with a car and a baseball bat!!
  13. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    i reckon it would be cool to strip it down, paint it with the paint that has metal filings in it to rust, let them rust then put a clear coat over it. The macbook would look real old-school like it had been left in the rain for 25 years (and it was steel). Damn its tempting to do something like that once applecare runs out!

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