9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2013 10:33 AM by Linc Davis
Newmanity Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Well I'm not sure how I did it but somehow trying to get those "keyboard" imprint marks off my screen I managed to remove some of the coating from the screen. I'm guessing it's the anti-glare coating.

 

I also was cleaning the keyboard and such and who knows maybe stuff got on the screen that way when I cleaned it.

 

Anyway it looks kinda crappy so I figured I'd just take the rest fo the coating off. Underneath it is a nice smooth coating, presumably the bare plastic.

 

I thought I'd used Windex to cause the problem in the first place but now I'm not so sure.

 

The problem is, I have gotten the coating off maybe 60% of the screen but can't get it off the rest!

 

Anyone have any ideas?  I've tried rubbing alcohol, nailpolish remover, windex, some kitchen bleach stuff. Nothing will get the rest of it off. I tried a bit of an abrasive to rough up the coating and then back to the windex but no go.

 

Surely something out there will wisk it away, as it was far too easy to remove in the first place. 

 

Ideas?

  • 1. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    Ramjet7 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    Suggest you take this to an Apple store to get professionals to see to it. Sure it might cost you but at least you'll get a professional looking job. The more you put on it the greater the problem will be - been there, done that it's not a home handyman's job..

  • 2. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (14,610 points)

    I've tried rubbing alcohol, nailpolish remover, windex, some kitchen bleach stuff......Anyway it looks kinda crappy

     

     

    OUCH!  Thats  Isopropyl, acetone and bleach.

     

     

    Any ideas? Yes, youre literally torturing your macbook Air.

  • 3. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    Newmanity Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes I'm sure Apple would be happy to charge me $300 for a new display. I wish I had a dollar for everyone who says, "uh, go check at the Genius Bar for help." Duh, people, I'm posting here because its out of warranty and I don't want to pay.  This is kinda like if you have a nice paint job in your living room but the roof starts chipping.  Do you put in an entire new roof?  No, you repaint.  So that's kinda what I'm going for.

     

    Actually, the area where the coating wore off is fine. I just want to make the entire display uniform.  It'll be sans-glare coating.

     

    And yeah I'm shocked alcohol and nail polish couldn't get it off.  How was the rest of the coating so fragile but these other parts are so robust??  Strange. Maybe I should try acid from my car battery

  • 4. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,440 points)

    Ideas?

     

    A belt sander will get it off.

  • 5. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    That is certainly no worst then what has been tried so far.

     

    My guess is the screen will have to be replaced now.

     

    Of course that will be an out of warranty replacement.

     

    Allan

  • 6. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    Ramjet7 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    OK. If you are willing to give anything a go Kerosene is one agent which is very good at removing anything which has an adhesive in it which the anti-glare probably has. It is less harsh than Isopropyl, acetone and bleach and, from my experience, it doesn't damage any type of plastic. It works differntly from Isopropyl, acetone and bleach.

     

    Suggest you apply a small amount on a microfibre cloth and test a small area first, rub gently for a couple of minutes. You'll then need to remove the kero with warm soapy water then dry off to check. You won't want to use too much of either kero or soapy water as you don't want to get water inside your screen. If that works, all well and good then apply it to the remainder of the screen affected.

     

    If the kero doesn't work and you want to try something harsher, moisten a microfibre cloth with water and apply a small amount of toothpaste. Tootpaste is a very mild abrasive which works well on a host of substrates. If the toothpaste works you may want to apply a light coating of a car wax to remove any fine scratches once you've finished. You can apply this to the whole surface to create a uniform finish - but don't allow the polish to dry too much as the dust particles may scratch the screen.

     

    With anything you try I can't stress enough that you don't want to apply too much pressure so as not to risk either scratching the surface or damaging the inside of the screen. Do all of this at your own risk.

     

    Good luck.

  • 7. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    Ramjet7 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

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  • 8. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (14,610 points)

    A belt sander will get it off.

     

     

    You mean like this?   

     

    screenshot_172.jpg

     

     

     

     

    Ok, ok, ok.   Enough crazy / illogical  talk of belt sanders,   kerosene,   acetone, ...... anti-matter   for use on your beloved Macbook

     

     

    Someone is likely to take such lite talk serious (goodness forbid)  

  • 9. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    Newmanity Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes a belt sander would be excellent!

     

    I'll have to try kerosene or some petroleum distllate as nothing else is working.

     

    It's pretty amazing -once I get the coating off from whatever area, its smooth and clean as a whistle underneath!

     

    I tried a little toothpaste to rough it up but no go.

     

    There's no need to replace the screen - its perfectly OK.  With the computer ON you can't really even see the difference. It's only noticable with the screen off.

     

    I'll try kerosene and post an update.

     

    Cheerio!

  • 10. Re: Remove the anti-glare coating?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,440 points)

    I'll try kerosene and post an update.

     

    Don't forget to ignite it.