TrackPad Looks Greasy and Not Because of Me

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ksharin, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. ksharin macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2013
    Hi All,

    Just wondering if other have noticed that the main place where the trackpad is used (not around edges, but the circumference) looks greasy? I've had a macbook pro with 5 years use and the trackpad does not look as though I used it with grease on my hands (which I do not).

    Just curious to see if this is a different quality trackpad.
    (picture attached) you can see that it looks a bit greasy looking. :eek:

    Just interested in knowing if anyone has noticed this difference from having previous macbook PRO's compared to new macbook air?

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  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I've had two MacBook Pro's and two MacBook Airs and I have no idea what you're talking about. And I can't see anything "greasy" in your photo either. Sorry....
  3. ksharin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2013
    Take a look at this it might provide some clarity to the issue I am raising. If you look a the picture enough you'll see a faintness on the upper right of the trackpad which looks like its been used to death after only having the air for 1 week. :eek:
  4. lamboman macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    It's grease/dirt from your fingers. Clean the machine with a damp cloth, however don't bother scrubbing trying to get every last bit of grease of the trackpad - you'll end up with a grippy trackpad (like my new machine) that is pretty poor to use.
  5. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    The new glass trackpads have a micro texture which trap human oils between spaces. It doesn't matter if you wash your hands or if you think you have de-greased your hands. This is also the reason why the trackpads feel so silky smooth.
  6. jadAce macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2013
    I used to be concerned about this, and was considering investing in a trackpad protector (a film you can buy from Amazon etc.). But I talked to an Apple representative, and he told me that the trackpad should not get any non-removable staining/discoloration unless you take some sandpaper to it.

    Have you tried iKlear? Just use some light solution (that comes with the iKlear package) + the microfiber cloth, and it should go away. If not, I would take it to the Apple Store, because this would be abnormal.

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