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Fixing small scratches / nicks on Thinkpad rubber coating - possible?

#1 Post by dr_st » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:18 am

I found many threads, videos and tutorials on how to restore / strip and reapply heavily damaged rubber coating such as what is used on T/X series Thinkpads, usually on the lid. Usually these involve spraying, painting or polishing the entire surface of the lid.

However, I wonder - what is the best way to apply local fixes (like a small but deep scratch or paint chips/nicks on corners)? Is there even a good way to do it or will it end up not matching the original coating / looking worse than the scratch (kind of like touch-up paint on cars often does not blend in)?
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Re: Fixing small scratches / nicks on Thinkpad rubber coating - possible?

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:55 pm

I mean there is always the brute Force method.

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Re: Fixing small scratches / nicks on Thinkpad rubber coating - possible?

#3 Post by dr_st » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:20 am

Well... that's not much different from the full lid restoration. I really hope that a more localized solution can be found. Getting rid of a whole lid/palmrest, or removing/reapplying the entire coating, because of a tiny nick/scracth seems awfully wasteful, whether in terms of money/garbage production or in terms of time/labor invested.
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Re: Fixing small scratches / nicks on Thinkpad rubber coating - possible?

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:16 am

Find an artist and turn the one scratch in a bunch of art-scratches...
Usually a Mr.Clean Eraser and Isopropyl alcohol can work wonders.
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Re: Fixing small scratches / nicks on Thinkpad rubber coating - possible?

#5 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:25 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:16 am
Find an artist and turn the one scratch in a bunch of art-scratches...
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RealBlackStuff wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:16 am
Usually a Mr.Clean Eraser and Isopropyl alcohol can work wonders.
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