How to Get Dents Out of a MacBook

By Chris Newton

Dents in an Apple MacBook laptop computers happen occasionally, either by accident, carelessness or during shipping. Dents are unique to MacBooks with aluminum cases or bodies; plastic laptops crack, but do not dent. Some dents on the body of a MacBook can be repaired, though you are risking further damage to the machine if you do not perform the repairs correctly. If the dent affects the computer's performance or damages the screen, bring the computer to an Apple store.

Things You'll Need

  • Toilet plunger
  • Screwdriver

Step 1

Use a toilet plunger to try to fix the dent with suction. This works only if the dent is on a flat surface of the laptop, and does not work 100 percent of the time. Place the plunger over the dent and press down gently to create suction.

Step 2

Pull the plunger back up, slowly and gently, until the cup of the plunger is back to its original position and shape.

Step 3

Remove the plunger from the MacBook carefully and inspect the dent. If you notice an improvement but the dent is still there, you can perform the action a second time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protective covers and cases are usually less expensive than repairs, so it's a good idea to buy these protective items when you purchase a new MacBook.
  • If the dent is on the corner, and is not on a flat surface to create a seal with the plunger, you can try to pry the dent out with a screwdriver, though you are risking further damage to the computer.
  • Do not use a hammer to try to bang the dents out. The computer is too fragile, and a hammer will do more damage.
  • Home dent repair remedies void your Apple computer warranty.
  • Avoid other dent repair home remedies. For example, you can use dry ice to remove dents on some surfaces, but the dry ice might damage your laptop, so this option is likely not worth the risk. Spraying carbon dioxide on the dent, then blowing hot air using a hair dryer also removes dents on metal surfaces, but again, these chemicals and hot air might damage your laptop.