Will sanding palmrest edge blow the warranty?

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  1. redwrist macrumors newbie

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    If i keep this one, i'll be getting out a file and some sandpaper.
    I need to soften the edge of the palmrest. What about the warranty?

    The smoothest trackpad in the world and it's is 1/4 inch away from the sharpest edged palm rest of all time. (IMO it is sharper than the older plastic books).

    If I wasn't still so steamed about the the loss of firewire, I'd really be upset about the edge issue.

    thx,
    rw
     
  2. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    I dont think it would void the warranty but you never know!
    Just take some sandpaper and run it across a few times. Like 400 grit or something. Nothing crazy.
     
  3. danvan21 macrumors regular

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    are you kidding? its aluminum. Sandpaper might not even scratch it.
     
  4. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Hes trying to remove a sharp edge, sandpaper will work just fine.
     
  5. danvan21 macrumors regular

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    i want to see some pics of this cause its going to be funny. Its not going to do anything. its aluminum, VS sand paper. good luck
     
  6. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Take sandpaper to a knife blade! Your telling me you wont be able to dull it???
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just a grinder and you'll have no computer in no time. :D
     
  8. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Aluminium is a relatively soft metal. Sandpaper will do quite a lot.
     
  9. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    THANK YOU!
     
  10. Bwilky macrumors regular

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    Don't put to much pressure on it, you want to be able to see if its going to cause irreversible damage. And I doubt it will void your warranty, your saving apple some money by not returning it.
     
  11. California macrumors 68040

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    I would use black "wet' sandpaper at the finest grit available. Like the sandpaper they use when lacquering.

    Be careful.
     
  12. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Take a soldering iron to it. You can probably shape it any way you want.
     
  13. Tosser macrumors 68030

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    LOL, are you one of those blokes going "it's metal!! It's much stronger than plastics"?

    Seriously, even though aluminium is a metal, it's so soft and so malleable it has to be anodized to become even just a bit resistant to abrasion.

    If I'm not mistaken, sandpaper works by using abrasion, "rasping" material off stroke by stroke.
     
  14. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Get too crazy with it, and I bet they'll void his warranty. I cannot see any reason a computer manufacturer would think it is okay to sand down their product. ;)
     
  15. Ibjr macrumors 6502a

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    Whoever is saying it will void the warranty is crazy, cosmetic damages does not void the warranty.
     
  16. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    You need a 12'' angle grinder.

    Here's me grinding down the palmrests on my new macbook. Note the suitable eye-protection. All precautions were taken.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    i lol'd
     
  18. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    If this works please post pictures and what sandpaper you used. Strangely enough I was considering the same thing since the sharp palm rests really do cut into your palms/wrists if you're like me and rest your palms on the aluminum a lot.
     
  19. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Are they actually SHARP or just uncomfortable??
    My white MacBook was SHARP! This aluminum one is nothing like that. I bet i could cut myself enuff to bleed on my white one.
     
  20. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Ok well I don't know about you guys... but when I'm using the trackpad, my wrist is no where near the edge.

    If I even try to put my wrist on the edge, I'm not even able to use the trackpad properly...
     
  21. danvan21 macrumors regular

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    ok, so ill just sand down this rough cut diamond i have, oh wait i can't because something thats weaker than something can't do anything to it. wow you are dumb.
     
  22. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Sandpaper will work. Start out with 200-400 to remove the most material then finish with 1000 and then 2000 to smooth it all up. I wouldn't do that anyways as you will ruin the anodized finish and it won't look right now matter how much you sand/polish it.
     
  23. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    He knows what he's talking about man.. No need for name calling!

    To the OP, Dont listen to this nonsense, you can indeed sand metal! As someone suggested, Find sandpaper for auto body work. Wet/Dry paper about 400 or 600 grit should leave you with no visible scratches.
     
  24. Molopo macrumors regular

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    Isn't there a less permanent solution to this problem...? Perhaps a piece of tape on the edge of the laptop? IMO sanding's a bit extreme....
     
  25. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    I know what your saying but i doubt anyone with a mac is gonna wanna walk around with tape on it! ;)

    I can hear the windows fan boys now! "oh you need tape to hold your mac together, blah blah blah"
     
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