Waxing your Macbook

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  1. elcid macrumors 6502

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    I was sitting in class and had my hands on my macbook when I wondered if anyone had ever done this. It seems that it would work for with a clear synthetic type wax. Basically just see if it would reduce the sightly scratches and protect from new ones.


    And of course make that water bead...
     
  2. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    Or should you shave it instead?

    Depends on how hairy it is...
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Nothing beats a brazillian macbook. ;)

    Seriously, I've heard of people expressing interest in doing it, but I've never seen the results.
     
  4. sportsnut macrumors regular

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    :eek:
     
  5. elcid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Seriously?
     
  6. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    yea wax is good, the outside of a macbook is like a car so wax works good, I even use it on my ipod to remove scratches and I must say it work well
     
  7. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

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    All will probably go well...

    Until the macbook overheats and wax melts onto your lap.

    Personally, I wouldn't even risk it.
     
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  9. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    I am very interested in this also...
    maybe a short tutorial how you waxed it and pictures would be great.
     
  10. elcid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I must emphasize this isnt candle wax. My car gets a lot hotter then my case in the summer and I am pretty sure that wax isnt just running down it.


    I really think it might work. I'll see how it goes one of these weekends and post a tutorial on it.
     
  11. adamzx3 macrumors regular

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    I really don't see the need for wax on the plastic...the wax does absolutely nothing to protect against scratches. It is designed to be a barrier coat to protect paint from getting oxidized (that chalky look). Modern Basecoat/Clearcoat paint systems really don't need to be waxed like the older lacquer and enamel paints (which oxidize quickly when unprotected). Being the macbook is some sort of plastic, the wax is a waste of time.

    Something you could do to "refresh" it would be to use a good automotive quality hand glaze or light polish to remove some swirl marks...."scratches" that can be felt with your fingernail, don't even waste your time rubbing, anything short of a buffer will not get those out (on plastic). I have buffed out plastic black mirrors to like new with a rotary buffer, foam pad, and a 3 stage compound system...nothing you want to try on your macbook :)

    If you have to wax your macbook, at least use a nice hard carnauba wax that wont melt as easily, and please oh please don't use turtle wax "ice" I would not even use that on an Ford Escort. If you do want to go the hand glaze/ polish route I would recommend 3M Imperial Hand Glaze or the smaller bottle of the Maguires equivalent...has to be bought at an automotive detailer shop or some kind of auto body supply store...works great and wont leave anything behind after your rub it off.

    Just my $.02
     
  12. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    I dunno...If it can withstand the heat of a car in the summer sun it should withstand the heat emitted from a laptop...
     
  13. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    thanks in advance...I'm looking forward to that.
     
  14. adamzx3 macrumors regular

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    It wont melt in your lap, it will just burn off eventually from the heat, just like a black car in the Florida sun.
     
  15. elcid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see where you are coming from and ya it doesnt seem to be to much of an advantage but just seems like the damn thing is so scratch prone and gets nasty after a couple days. Maybe it would help like the one poster said.
     
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    haha I want to see the results now I'll have my MacBook next month and I don't want it scratched.
     
  19. mizzoucat macrumors regular

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    I don't think I would wax my white macbook but I did use Meguiers ScratchX to remove the swirl marks and light scratches. It worked like a charm. Just apply a little to a microfiber towel and rub in a circular motion with even, moderate pressure. Then wipe off the residue with a clean part of the same towel. If I notice my macbook is getting scratched up again, I just repeat the process.
     
  20. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Wax isn't abrasive. There's no way it's removing scratches. It can be filling them or hiding optical impurities but not removing them.
     
  21. orijinal macrumors 6502

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    i've seen people use it on pc towers and the like.

    i also second the use of meguiar's plastx/scratchx to remove scratches from plastic surfaces. it works great.
     
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    I'm glad to see the ScratchX is working on something, I tried some from my dads shelf of bottles and I ended up throwing it away, didn't work well. If you can get ahold of some of the Maguire’s (in the tan bottles) light polish or I use the 3m Perfect it III swirl remover, it's much more effective than the more expensive ScratchX. On a black macbook this might leave fine swirls, a second application of a hand glaze will remove this. 3M Imperial glaze works great but again the more readily available Maguire’s hand glaze would work also.

    I have used this on black plastic pieces with great success when I used to work in the auto-body field. I've buffed several Porsches, BMW's, and a Lambo with these products and they work great.

    Which ever way you go let us know how it turns out!
     
  24. bubblegum80 macrumors member

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    I had a Macbook since they were first released, sold it last week. It never got one scratch or "aesthetic" flaw. Its your own fault if it gets scratched, try being more careful and organised. It will keep your Macbook in good shape and won't have an awful "waxy plaxy" feel to it. Which would likely look worse than a scratch.
     

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