How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

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How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby Fitzcarraldo » Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:47

The lid of my laptop is made of carbon fibre (see photo below), and yesterday a #*!@ at work scratched it when he moved my laptop on the desk. Can anyone recommend a product for repairing scratches in carbon fibre/shiny epoxy surfaces? I wondered whether these kits for repairing scratches in CDs and DVDs might do the job? Any other ideas?

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Re: How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby wolfden » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:41

I wonder if Billy Mays can come to the rescue with this:
https://www.fixitscratch.com/?refcode=otw1t_s_r
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Re: How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby eshum » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:05

Before I did anything I would check with the maker to see if they have a repair product for your laptop.

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Re: How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby eshum » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:11

Also there are a lot of carbon fiber products (kits) available for the auto after market, you might find a touchup kit that way.

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Re: How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby Fitzcarraldo » Fri Jan 16, 2009 14:46

Thanks for the tips. Looks like a trip to my local car accessories shop to ask about plastic polish might be useful. I've been doing some googling and the following products also look like they might help:

Applesauce Polish & Scratch Removal Kit for iPod (http://www.applesaucepolish.com/)

IceCreme (http://www.radtech.us/Products/IceCreme.aspx)

Novus (http://aboutpc2050.blogspot.com/2008/08 ... lossy.html, http://www.bayplastics.co.uk/plasticpolish.htm)

Micro-Mesh Abrasives (http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001399.php)

BiOrb Scratch Remover and Polish (http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/ ... p-396.html)

Displex Mobile Phone Screen Display Scratch Repair Remover Polish (http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/product/3298.htm)

Pama Disc, iPod and Mobile Phone Scratch Remover (http://www.datakits.co.uk/store/pama-di ... -4522.html)

That Novus plastic polish looks particularly promising.
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Re: How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby mdmarmer » Fri Jan 16, 2009 16:24

You could also get one of those "skins" that fit your laptop and and adhere nicely to the lid. I have Ohio State skins on both of my laptops and I like them.

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Re: How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby Fitzcarraldo » Fri Jan 16, 2009 16:31

Yes, I should have done that when I first bought the laptop two years ago. If/once I manage to get the scratch out I'll look at putting a skin on it.
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Re: How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby Stupot » Fri Jan 16, 2009 17:05

I would go with the Applesauce or the IceCream. They both sound like delicious solutions. :D
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Re: How do I repair scratches in a carbon fibre laptop lid?

Postby WarraWarra » Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:09

I had to 2 times already replace my palm rest part of my laptop and got it for cheap on ebay. Usually this is from new laptops with defective parts like screen and it is cheaper for manufacturer to strip and sell parts on ebay or via proxy.

Not sure if you want to spend about $30 + shipping approx to get a replacement lcd cover / lid ?
Had to do the same with my Apple G4 17" 1.67ghz ages ago.

If you do also check the hinges as you might want to change them as they do get messed up on any laptop.
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