Sticky Retina MBP Keys After Spill

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ForeverG5, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. ForeverG5 macrumors newbie

    ForeverG5

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    Hi everyone! I know there have been threads on this in the past but I felt my situation was a little unique and specific so maybe I should start my own. I bought a 13" Retina MacBook Pro a week and a half ago and as ridiculous as it sounds, I spilled some Twisted Tea on it. I have an iSkin keyboard cover so that caught most of it. It definitely could have been worse.

    After cleaning up the spill, I noticed that the only keys that were effected were really the space bar, the CMD keys and the letter C key. I took it to the Genius Bar today. The Genius opened up my laptop and did not see any liquid damage so he said I would qualify for it to be shipped out to the repair center under my 1 year Apple warranty. He did say though that if I shipped it out, it would be about 3-5 days and if they find liquid in the actual keyboard when going to replace it, that will void my warranty and I will have to pay $655 to replace it. I do not want to do that. I'm debating if it is even worth sending out and being without a computer for 3-5 days for them to only turn around and say they can't replace it for free. I know they are going to find liquid otherwise the keys wouldn't be sticking, ya know?

    So, I did some research. I found online that you can remove the keys yourself and clean them individually with a Q-tip or something. I'm not sure I feel comfortable doing that. It makes me anxious. Does anyone know of a cheaper repair company that would be authorized to fix this for me maybe? I'm desperate.

    Thank you guys!
     
  2. mykem macrumors regular

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    I got a better idea. Bring yours in, box and all, but keep it conspicuous in a shopping bag. Tell the staff at Apple Store that you want a 13" rMBP (fully decked to the max) and when brings it out, have your friend (yes, bring a friend) distract him while you do a quick switcheroo. Then tell the guy you left you CC at home and will be back later.
     
  3. ForeverG5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    ForeverG5

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    I'd like to do this in an honest way. And I also would like to avoid exchanging it because I have already loaded all my data and set up this machine.
     
  4. Chuck-Norris macrumors 6502a

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  5. robvas macrumors 68020

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  6. F1 Fan macrumors regular

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    lol

    Or perhaps get a group of mates together, buy some black Honda Civics and fit them with green under-chasis neons. Then find out when the lorry load of Apple products leaves a nearby port... :D
     
  7. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Wow. Remind me never to buy anything from you. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Rocketpaul macrumors regular

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    He had one..
     
  9. theturtle macrumors 6502a

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    Damn. So if you send it in and pay the 600+ to get it repaired, they would still void the warranty?
     
  10. robvas macrumors 68020

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    They are covering their butts in case some other part was damaged by the spill and doesn't show it yet.
     
  11. MacBookMan217 macrumors newbie

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    Not sure how much you'll want to do this to your computer, but I recently spilt iced tea on one of my Apple wireless keyboards. I sprayed some window cleaner directly onto the left shift key in my case, and used a can of compressed air to remove the window cleaner. The key works fine now.
     

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