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donawalt

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I came across a great tip for cleaning the dust/particles from my MacBook speaker grills! I assume this would work for any M-series or Intel MacBook. I have one of the Space Black M3 MacBook Pro's, and after some intensive use in an area with some stuff in the air, I noticed its grill holes had little white dots on some of them even though I gently wipe with an Apple cloth at the end of the day - that did not work. How to remove the particles from the holes?

(Note - I have a silver M1 MacBook Pro in the house, and I don't see this in the grills - maybe the Space Black is more susceptible?

Anyway - the the tip:

1) News to me - most of the little grill holes are NOT holes! Only a very small number of holes are truly speaker holes - I have read about 10%. The fake holes are made to look like holes, an Apple decision to make the grill more aesthetically pleasing by making the grills complementary to the size of the keyboard I guess.

2) So what are the dots? The hole is a little half sphere with a dab of MacBook color at the bottom. So the white dots are spheres where the paint has come off.

3) So wiping with water, light brushing, etc. will not work - in fact light brushing could make things worse by scraping off other black dots!

4) With that as background, here's the tip - take a mechanical pencil with very thin lead, and at an angle just move around the lead where the indentation is - you can feel the indentation when moving the pencil in vicinity of a dot you want to work on. Be generous with the lead, don't worry about getting more lead outside the 'hole' - that is easy to wipe off with a moist cleaning towel.

I guess test this with a non-Space Black MacBook since I did not do that, as maybe the lead color is more obvious because it won't match the MacBook color? The video I watched was recorded 7 months ago, pre-Space Black, so I am thinking it is close enough in color to the MacBook color when it's in a very small 'hole'.

For me it works perfectly! The grills look absolutely perfect.

Youtube video is here if you'd rather view than read - kudos to the author!
 

MajorFubar

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Maybe a more permanent solution than graphite (pencil lead) would be some kind of black paint which you can quickly wipe off the surface before it dries. Maybe something like black nail polish, but don't go blaming me if it reacts to the painted surface of the laptop. I'm not a laptop user I'm just throwing ideas at the problem.
 

donawalt

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Ha, no way I would try paint on a MacBook Pro lol! I’m too clumsy. Plus, I don’t necessarily have the right tools. The graphite is working fantastically, I can even do what I normally do to clean it, lightly wiping the area down with an apple cloth, slightly damp, and it doesn’t affect the look at all so far. seems like a perfect solution to me!
 
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