Unibody Macbook Pro - how to polish?

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  1. Poochi macrumors 6502a

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    Got a little black scratch mark on the aluminum body, any compound or solution can fix this discoloring from scratches?
     

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  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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  3. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

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    Basically what this person said.

    I got a few thin scratches on the bottom when I dropped it by accident. Life goes on.
     
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Unicorn blood. Expensive stuff, but it works.
     
  5. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    its powder coated; you cannot polish it without first stripping the powder coat.
     
  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    iKlear. Won't make the scratch go away, but it'll make the rest of that sucka shine
     
  7. wschutz macrumors 6502

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    Use your computer... enjoy life!
    Worrying about such things is a waste of time that you could be spending with your friends or relatives...

    A mac is a tool, nothing else; it ages the same way you do, and you should live with that.
    Be careful, and just make sure you can continue using this tool, but forget about those little details ;)
     
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  9. Poochi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I want a unicorn!
     
  10. unamused macrumors 6502

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    its not just that....

    the aluminum surface is not smooth and polished. If you polished that one area, then it will be all shiny and look funny against the rest of your matte macbook.
     
  11. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Do you have any idea what the black is from? Everyone else is correct you can't remove the scratch itself because the aluminum is anodized to protect it from tarnishing, but you can probably make it less noticeable if you can remove the black. I'd try a cloth dampened with water first. If that didn't work then maybe a cloth damped with soap and water...Windex...isopropyl alcohol...etc. Try only one "cleaner" at a time, make sure to rinse it off it doesn't work, and do so vary sparingly. Good Luck!
     
  12. Yimbie macrumors member

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    The iKlear stuff really makes the aluminum look polished? They don't seem to advertise it doing that.
     
  13. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Try a good pencil eraser. I nicked my unibody last year slightly and I put one of those awesome white mars erasers to it. Won't get rid of the gouge, but it took out all the black.
     
  14. mrwonkers macrumors 6502

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    My Unkle shot the last one he's got this thing for slaughtering endangered/fictional species. His name is Cletus and he has a big gun n missin front teeth. If you see him give him the finger....
     
  15. itripped macrumors member

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    While I wasn't hiding any scratches, yours look like they would be completely covered by a gelaskin sticker, or something comparable. It would also help with protecting against future scratches too.

    It might at least restore your love for your machine's appearance. :)
     
  16. Wafflausages macrumors 6502

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    i use a mr.clean magic eraser to clean stuff off my macbook, works fine (just dont use that on the screen since the chemicals in the magic eraser could strip off the coatings on the screen)
     
  17. rikscha macrumors 6502a

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    do you need more than that to get yourself a new macbook? :D
     
  18. wakka092 macrumors 6502

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    Best advice yet.
     
  19. jsf8x macrumors 6502

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    Your MacBook Pro will gather little mark's as time goes by. Your just going to have to live with it.
     
  20. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    seriously? how about this?

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  21. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, that's helpful! :eek:
     
  22. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I was thinking along the lines of 'scratch the whole thing..' no need to worry ever again ;) Seriously tho, if the OP is worried, perhaps he/she should invest in expensive moshi palm guard and a moulded case.
     
  23. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No, it is powder coated- not anodized. Otherwise what you call "anodization" would not chip off like it does.
     
  24. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Doing a quick a check of the Macs at Apple.com I found this on the MacBook Air page:

    The anodized aluminum surface and stunning contours confirm MacBook Air as a feat of beautiful engineering.

    Couldn't find mention of it on the MacBook Pro page though. :confused:
     

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