Wednesday, June 14, 2006

White MacBook Yellow Discoloration FIX [UPDATED]

Like the TechWrap previously reported, there have been some MacBook discoloration problems on white MacBooks. The colors range from yellow to gray to burnt orange. This is a fairly new problem but gladly someone has found a fix.

That someone was a man by the name of gavers; he used nail polish remover to do the trick. Here is what he said:

"I found that Non-acetone nail polish remover cleans it up nicely. Only problem, my fingers feel like sand paper after using it.

You should use clear, or blue colored Non-acetone nail polish remover. If you use another color it will slightly tint your MacBook that color. Do not use acetone based, or isopropyl alcohol, those may damage the plastic."

Many seem to say that it has worked although it hasn't worked for everyone. ACETONE or isopropyl alcohol based nail polish remover can melt plastic so stay clear of that.

UPDATE: A couple of commenters noted that in the previous paragraph I said non-acetone will melt plastic which contradicts all the previous stuff before it. Thank you to Mark 2000 and Anonymous for pointing that out so I could fix it. The truth is that ACETONE based nail polish remover will melt plastic and not the other way around.

Here are some before and after pics (an old iBook I know but this fix works just fine on Macbooks):


Mark 2000 said...

Did you make a typo? Because you mention one should use non-acetone, but in the next paragraph you state in blod caps that non-acetone will melt plastic. Which one is correct?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, you have contradicted yourself in your explanation of what to use.

n3il89 said...

You two were right and it was a mistake on my part Acetone based will melt plastic and non-acetone based will not.

I apologize for the mistake and noted both of yours help in the update I made to the post.

My apologies and thank you for the correction.

Anonymous said...

One problem.

The laptop in the pics is not a Macbook.

n3il89 said...

Yea, I already mentioned that in the post in parenthesis.

Jennifer said...

WOW. I just tried this on my boyfriends MacBook. I used a slightly blue tinted non-acetone nail polish remover and guess what? This clear film started peeling off of it. Awesome. I'm going to die now. Thanks for the tip!

n3il89 said...

are u sure u used non-acetone nail polish remover?

if u did then u should check the Apple Discussions thread....i'm sorry for ur macbook but this was tip that I found in the Apple Discussions forum and i was just relaying it

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