The "protecting the bottom of the rMBP" thread

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iFanboy, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. iFanboy Guest

    I plan on getting a Gelaskin to protect the lid.

    How do I protect the bottom? Can I just get two Gelaskin's and put one on the bottom?

    I'm nervous of covering the bottom just in case there is something there that shouldn't be covered while in use - OCD :(
  2. EpsilonExordium macrumors member


    Nov 28, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I have a best skins ever skin on my RMBP. It works like a charm! It's nice that it allows your rMBP to retain it's classic looks, while still keeping the device protected. I also like the slight texture that it adds, because it's now slightly easier to grip.
  3. iFanboy thread starter Guest

    You mean this:

    I got scared by them saying you need water to apply it.

    I like Gelaskins because the adhesive is part of it, and it isn't so adhesive that it can't be removed and reapplied at will and with no residue.
  4. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    How do you like that Skin? Do you have like the full protection or just the exterior?
  5. sk8r1230 macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2010
  6. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    Why bother with a skin? Its a waste of money.

    You'll only make another post on here tomorrow declaring that (once again) the rMBP is too laggy and you're returning it.
  7. Teo Morabito macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Why did you bother spending the money if your too shy to use it?
    it's like getting a nice car and never driving it coz ur scared ur driving isn't good enough :p
    Just use it, don't be scarred, you will be less likely to scratch it if you don't focus so much on protecting it.
    You have one life my friend, just use it
  8. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    Lol so true.

    Anyways I ordered this to provide top and bottom protection, waiting on delivery

    It has cutouts for the air inlets on the Rmbp.
  9. Dwhite78 macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    Go get an icarbons bottom only carbon fiber. I have their top and bottom and love them.
  10. Mabyboi macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    There was someone on here who plasti dip sprayed the bottom of their retina and I'm debating about doing the same
  11. EpsilonExordium macrumors member


    Nov 28, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I have never once had a problem w/ the water application on the best skins ever - but I had have a lot of experience applying them. I have applied their skins to each of the following devices over the years:

    Motorola Q
    iphone 3g
    iphone 4
    Sony PSP
    ipad 2 (two of them)
    ipad 3
    Retina Macbook Pro
    Samsung Galaxy S3
  12. Lvivske macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2011
    i scratched the bottom of my RMBP within minutes. i didnt even see something on the table, nothing was there, maybe some tiny grain of something. scrrrratch.


    get a skin
  13. PM Harold Saxon macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2010
    Perth, West Australia
    lol, you weren't talking about me, were you?

    The plasti dip works like a charm on the aluminum. Just make sure you cover those holes. If you don't want to have the bottom part black, clear works too.

    I'll post photos if you like. Just give me a bit more time; I'm awaiting the arrival of one so I can take photos of the process. The phone died so I couldn't take photos.
  14. Retina MacBook macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    Yeah, you shouldn't cover the ventilation vents on the bottom sides, unless you want a burning MacBook.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm old school I guess. I don't protect the bottom of the my laptop and I expect it to incur some scuff marks. I keep my laptop in pristine condition but that I guess excludes the bottom. :/
  16. Mabyboi macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Well maybe i was! And you werent responding in your other thread.....

    Did you apply just the black coats? or did you do black coats and then a clear coat on top? I'm trying to figure out how to cover the bottom feet so they dont rub off like yours did... or just cut out the feet areas..
  17. iFanboy thread starter Guest

    Please stop trolling EVERY post I make. It's beyond pathetic.
  18. marddin macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    Wow can't believe I've never seen icarbons. Definitely going to buy bottom+top for my retina. Dwhite, have you had any experiences removing the carbon skin? Does it leave adhesive residue on the machine, etc.? I dont plan on ever removing but I figured I'd ask. I couldn't find anything on their website FAQ.

    Many thanks.
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As long as you don't cover or block the vents along the sides, you don't have anything to worry about.
  20. albert1028, Jul 21, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012

    albert1028 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    I wanted to upload some pictures of the installation of my BestSkinsEver Bottom Protection for those who are interested to see how it looks.

    I wanted to install the bottom only because scratches do happen if one is careful with how they place their laptop on surfaces.

    Even though I'm not a fan of putting a clear protection over my computers especially with the subjective negative effects it has on the appearance of the machine. I felt that this was a good compromise since rarely does one see the bottom.

    I would say for a first timer to install clear skins in a wet application, this is moderately difficult. I didn't have the pentalobe screw driver yet, so I had to tape up the air holes and any area where water could leak into. Best thing to do is to get yourself a cheap pentalobe and take off the cover to install this. Simple and won't damage anything!

    If anyone has questions about this, please let me know and I"ll try to answer.

    *Click on the pictures for larger images so that you can see how close the protection is to the edges.






  21. 73CortinaV8 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    Palo Alto, CA
    doesn't the entire unibody act like a heat sink?

    won't these skins hamper cooling, even if the vents are clear?
  22. ljx718 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2008
    i ended up just getting the icarbons carbon fiber top and bottom. got it for $20 so great deal.. i really didnt want the glossy look and something dark. a wrapsol black skin thats semi translucent would have been perfect, but could not find anything
  23. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can edit your post and change your IMG tags to TIMG to make the pics smaller.

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