Top of Mac Mini turning yellow

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by hamster, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. hamster macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2005
    Has anybody else noticed the white top of their mini starting to yellow with age? I've had mine since April - it sits on my desk in my office at work. There is a window, but no direct sunlight (and frankly, living in the NW, not much light in general). It is most noticable when set side by side with my 3G iPod - or when comparing to my Apple keyboard and mouse.
  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Lighting? 1 UV from ovhead lights, 2 a change in the bulbs that makes the mini look diffrent. Perhaps take it outside and see what it's true color is. It seems a little fast for a plastic to yellow. Perhaps heat is doing it to the mini's. Too bad the warrenty dosn't normally cover plastics.
  3. AmericanIdiot12 macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2004
    Down the street from Jiv3turkey748
    i compared my mini to my creature speakers which are about just as old and there is a definate difference

    the mini looks more like my 10 year old white desk lamp
  4. 4409723 Suspended


    Jun 22, 2001
  5. bursty macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2004
    I saw a Mini at BestBuy the other day and noticed that the top looked more yellow then normal but I just assumed it was the lighting.
  6. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    I have had my mini since june and its as pretty now as it was new. I am not a smoker though and I don't allow smoking in my home so that could be why. all I have ever done is dust it 2-3 times a month.

    try some very watery bleach mix on a slightly damp cloth
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    If you look at car headlights polycarbonate does turn yellow with heat and the goo in the air (or cleaning solutions)

    Sort of reminds me it's time to deyellow the headlights, been awhile and they had started to turn again.

    I've found it's not through the plastic, just the residue on the surface.
  8. pdpfilms macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
  9. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
  10. hamster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2005
    Hmmm - some good thoughts here. The answer is no to both changes in lighting conditions as well as smoke -- but it could just be general 'gunk' built up over time. I didn't really notice until I compared it to my iPod - and only after being away for a couple of weeks. I have some cleaner (iClean or something like that) at home for my iPod and iBook - I'll give that a try before I pester the Apple warranty folks. I hope some resolution can be found - part of what I like about the mini is the 'gee whiz' factor I get when colleagues wander in my office and spy it for the first time (I work in a college that is 100% Windows - I get a bit of underground tech support for my mac from one of our IT guys, but only because he's a nice guy - not because it's part of his job. In fact, he'd probably get in a bit of trouble if anyone found out he was helping me...sigh...but that's a post for another day).
  11. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
  12. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    Get some iKlear or Clean Dr. with a microfiber cloth and wipe it down at least once a week. I do that with my iBook to keep that clean look.
  13. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
  14. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
  15. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005

    I've actually seen worse.

    The one that I had the pleasure of taking apart was gross, the bottom cover plate was stuck with tar and nicotine, when I finally managed to remove it, there was a ring of what looked like dried golden syrup, yuck. Inside was full of brown sticky dust.

    I was repairing a cd drive.

    Alex Price
  16. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Not to mention that if enough tar builds up it can become conductive and short out circuit boards.

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