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Cleaning Touchpad Oil VS Worn out

Discussion in 'Notebook Cosmetic Modifications and Custom Builds' started by yehrulz, Jul 31, 2008.

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  1. yehrulz

    yehrulz Notebook Consultant

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    Hey everyone,

    i'm not sure if this is the right place, but....

    I have an averatec, and after a year, theres literally a smooth spot all around it. I can't tell if its oil or wear, but i thinks it oil. I know i can clean oil with a magic erasor, but can i clean wear?

    Thanks

    P.S Is it me or do the hp dv series just don't get oil on them as easily??
     
  2. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    magic eraser?never heard...
     
  3. BHD

    BHD Notebook Deity

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    it's wear.
     
  4. Dook

    Dook Notebook Virtuoso

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    Definitely wear. It happens to most.
     
  5. millermagic

    millermagic Rockin the pinktop

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    If it really bothers you, you might ... and that's a big maybe ... be able to use 99% rubbing alcohol to slightly oxidize the plastic. I've done this a few times on my thinkpad (when I had it) to bring back some of the texture. The texture never really lasted long.

    But using rubbing alcohol will get rid of any oil if the problem is caused by oil.
     
  6. Mr. B

    Mr. B Notebook Consultant

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    Generally cleaning isn't going to improve functionality that much in this case. If you can replace the part that would be best.
     
  7. X2P

    X2P I♥COOLING | NBR Super Mod

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    Just buy a new sticker to put on top of it.
     
  8. Datamonger

    Datamonger Notebook Evangelist

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    This is something that happens to nearly all notebooks. I've even seen touchpads that have been used to the extent that the paint on them has worn off and there is just a big white spot in the middle of the touchpad.
     
  9. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    He's referring to the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - It's this block of melamine foam (yes, it has the same stuff involved in the pet food recall) that you get wet, then rub on whatever you want to get rid of. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't, at least for me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_eraser
     
  10. millermagic

    millermagic Rockin the pinktop

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    90% rubbing alcohol on a paper towel cleans laptops the best in my opinion.

    Acetone ... not so much.
     
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