How to Fix Scratches on a MacBook Pro

By James T Wood

In the course of normal use, your MacBook Pro laptop might become scratched; depending on the depth of the scratch and its location, you may be able to fix it. The outer shell of the MacBook Pro is an aluminum unibody, meaning the case is all one piece, rather than several connected pieces. Scratches on the aluminum may be repaired via light polishing, though deeper scratches present more of a problem. You might remove scratches on the LCD screen with glass polishing drops, but exercise extra care so as not to make the problem worse.

Things You'll Need

  • Microfiber cloths (5 to 10)
  • Metal polish
  • Glass polishing drops

Step 1

Power down your MacBook Pro. Remove the power cable and wait a few minutes for the computer to cool down.

Step 2

Lightly wet the microfiber cloth and ring out any excess water. Gently wipe the exterior of the computer to remove any dust or dirt. Repeat the process for the screen and keyboard. Dry the MacBook completely when finished. You can let it air dry or wipe it off with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

Step 3

Apply a drop or two of the glass polishing compound or drops to another clean, dry microfiber cloth. Use the metal polish on the aluminum unibody and glass polish on the screen. Gently rub for 10 seconds in the direction of the metal grain on an inconspicuous area. If you're polishing the glass screen, use small, circular motions. Stop and look closely at the area you were rubbing. If you're happy with the appearance of the test area, attempt to remove the scratch.

Step 4

Rub the polishing compound on the scratch. If you're polishing the aluminum, always polish with the grain of the metal. Use very light pressure and take your time, stopping every 10 seconds to check your progress. If it's a deep scratch, you may only be able to minimize the appearance, rather than eliminate it.

Step 5

Wipe the polished area with a damp, clean microfiber cloth to remove any polishing compound. Dry the computer before replacing the power cord and starting up your MacBook.

Tips & Warnings

  • You might be able to hide the scratch with a paint pen that uses silver, metallic ink. Or, you might possibly be able to hide it with a scratch cover pen designed for use on an automobile. Just as you would with the other methods, test either pen on an inconspicuous area of the unibody first.
  • Remember you are proceeding at your own risk, and that scratch repairs are not guaranteed. If it appears that your repair attempts are worsening the appearance of the case, stop what you're doing.